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Placement Testing and Course Selection

Suffolk County Community College believes accurate course placement will increase students’ chances of success. Therefore, newly admitted students may be required to take the Computerized Placement Test (CPT), which assess competence in reading, English and mathematics. Students transferring to Suffolk may also be required to take the CPT, depending on their academic background.

After testing, students will be scheduled to meet with a counselor or faculty advisor to review their curriculum choice. On the basis of their test results and/or prior academic records, the student will be placed in appropriate courses.


New students are strongly encouraged to attend an orientation program sponsored by the Campus Activities Offices prior to the beginning of classes every semester on each of the three campuses.

These orientation programs help new students make the transition into college by providing:

  • An opportunity to meet faculty, administrators, counselors, peer mentors and other new students, and
  • Information about academic policies and programs, student support services and student life opportunities.

The College offers a comprehensive online orientation program to supplement the in-person orientation which provides valuable information on numerous topics to new students. The online orientation is accessible here and in the student portal.