Placement Testing & New Student Orientation (NSO)

Now that you have finished your application and financial aid forms, it’s time to schedule your placement tests.

Who is required to do placement testing?

The program you’re interested in may require placement testing. You also may satisfy the placement testing requirements with high school or college transcripts, ACT, SAT, or Smarter Balanced scores, or test scores from other colleges. To find out what your requirements are, or to schedule a placement test, contact the Placement Testing Center.

What is placement testing?

Your reading, writing, and math placement tests help us place you into classes where you can experience the greatest academic success. There is a nonrefundable $30 test fee that can be paid at the Cashiers Office prior to your test time.

You can make an appointment and take your placement test at SCC, SFCC or any of our off-campus education centers.

How do I schedule my placement testing?

You may schedule your placement test by phone, in-person (contact information below).

PLEASE NOTE: Testing sessions are by appointment only. 

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a fun way to learn about your new school and meet with school counselors who are your guides to finishing your degree on time. NSO is mandatory for new students and it’s where most students register for classes. It gives new students a general overview of campus services; information about student life, activities and clubs, instructional technology used on campus and academic counseling and advising for first-quarter classes.

Sign up for an NSO at the testing center after you finish your placement tests. If you have finished your placement tests, but did not sign up for an NSO, contact the Placement Testing Center or school's admissions office to schedule your NSO.

Are you a Running Start student looking to schedule your NSO? Contact Justin Marsh at 509-533-8154.


Contact Us

SCC Placement
Testing Center 

SCC Learning Resources Center,
Building 16, Room 127


Ione Center

Colville Center

Newport Center

Inchelium Center

Republic Center

SFCC Placement
Testing Center

SFCC Falls Gateway, Building 30
Office: Room 104, Testing Lab: Room 103


Hours of Operation

SCC Placement Testing Hours

Fall, Winter & Spring:
Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 4 p.m.

For summer, computer lab, certification and distance learning testing center hours, visit the placement testing page.

SFCC Placement Testing Hours

Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

New Student Orientation Schedules


NSO dates will be released by the Testing Center after you complete your testing.