Incoming-Transfer Placement Exam Information
This information is only for incoming transfer students.
Will I be taking an placement exams when I attend my orientation?
It is possible you will be taking a math placement exam at orientation (see the question below regarding Math Placement). All other placement exams can be completed after your orientation date.
How will I know what placement exams I need to take?
Each incoming transfer student will receive specific information when they attend orientation.
Who has to take the math placement exam?
If you have completed a college level math course, and earned at least a grade of C, you will probably not need to take the math placement exam. We will provide you with more specific information at orientation. However, if the math course you have taken is not already in our viewable chart, we will encourage you to take the math placement exam at orientation. This is especially true if your math placement will have an impact on your first semester scheduling which typically occurs for students majoring in science, math, health professions, and engineering majors. The College of Business also requires mathematics in order to complete courses in the business major. The math department encourages you to prepare for the assessment by reviewing the information and practice questions on this site: http://assess.math.sunysb.edu.
Will I have to take a math placement exam if I have transfer credit for statistics?
Statistics courses typically are not sufficient for students who need to take the math placement exam (See math placement information above).
I'm not planning on taking math my first semester so I don't want to take the math placement test before I finished my first semester.
Many students who are pursuing math-related and science-related majors or who are considering a profession in the health field (for example, medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant, and others) should take math their first semester unless they already have math transfer credit (see math placement information above). For students in the majors mentioned, waiting to take math can delay your degree progress by a year or more.
Who has to take a foreign language placement exam?
Stony Brook University requires two semesters of a foreign language for all majors except for those in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. There are also a few majors that require additional foreign language competency. If needed, you can take a foreign language placement exam during your first semester at Stony Brook. We will be providing you with details about your specific foreign language requirements when you attend orientation.
Who has to take the Chemistry placement exam?
Students interested in fields related to science, engineering, and health professions typically will need to take general chemistry during their first semester at Stony Brook. If you have already completed at least one semester of general chemistry (that is equivalent to Stony Brook's CHE 129 or 131) with a C or better at your previous school, you will not have to take the chemistry initial assessment (known as OCPP). For those of you who think you will need to take the OCPP, you can complete the web-based placement before orientation or after we have the chance to talk with you at orientation. Click here for additional information about the OCPP.
I am registered for services with Student Accessibility Support Center(SASC). Do I need to take any placement exams?
The Student Accessibility Support Center (SASC) website explains that you may need to take placement exams. If you require an accommodation for a placement exam you will need to take it at SASC. Appointments can be made by contacting SASC at 631-632-6748.
I am a family member and would like to know if my student is required to take any placement exams?
While we appreciate that family members want to be supportive, we are unable to answer any questions from family members unless we have written permission, on file, from your student. Please encourage your student to view these FAQs. We will be discussing specific placement exams your student might need to take when your student attends orientation.