First Year Foundations
FAQs and Information
What is the First Year Foundations Program?
This program provides academic support through tutoring, summer programs, online experiences and courses during the first year designed to help you learn the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in college level coursework. Skills that are focused on are critical reading skills, writing and mathematics.
Why do I need placement testing?
Placement testing is used to determine what courses you’re eligible to take; it’s also used to help you identify academic strengths and weaknesses
What are the placement exams like?
Mathematics is untimed and on the computer. You cannot use a calculator on the exam, although you should use scrap paper.
Reading is also untimed and on the computer. You’ll be asked to read passages and answer multiple choice questions.
Writing is timed, you have 50 minutes to write an organized essay on a specific topic.
Should I prepare for the placement exams?
Definitely! We include sample exams so you can review them and get an idea of what topics will be on the placement exam ahead of time. We want you to review before the exam; students who don’t often don’t do as well as they could.
What if I want extra practice before taking the exam?
Contact Linda Refsland, RefslandL@wpunj.edu and she can get you started with how to prepare and provide access to online resources and practice materials
How will I know how I did?
Within a few weeks after your test date you’ll receive your results in the mail and in an email
Can I re-take the exam if I don’t do well?
Many students will qualify for an in-person or online summer program if they don’t do well; re-testing is part of that program
If you do not qualify for a Summer Foundations Program, then you cannot re-test
What if I need to re-schedule my exam?
If you know ahead of time, call the Office of Testing (973) 720-3095 as soon as you realize you need to register for another date
If there is an emergency on the exam date and know you won’t be able to make the exam, please contact us so we can re-schedule your date as soon as possible.
What should I bring to the exam? Can I use a calculator?
Be sure to bring pens and pencils and photo identification to the exam. You are not allowed to use a calculator!
What if I have a disability or a temporarily disabling condition and I use testing accommodations?
Be sure to contact the Office of Testing, (973) 720-3095 at least one week before your scheduled test date to discuss how to arrange testing accommodations.
What if I have other questions, need additional practice materials or want to speak with someone?
Rachel Anzaldo, Coordinator for Testing and Placement, can assist you with questions about your test date, rescheduling, coordinating with Disability Services and other concerns around Testing. She can be reached at (973) 720-3095 or via email at OfficeofTesting@wpunj.edu.
Linda Refsland, Director of the First Year Foundations Program, can assist with how to prepare for placement testing and getting access to preparation resources, what to what to do after you receive your results and other questions about the First Year Foundations Program and support. She can be reached at (973) 720-2562, or via email at RefslandL@wpunj.edu