Placement Test

The placement test is required of all students entering WPU for each language they have studied in a high school, institute, or institution of higher learning prior to their first semester at WPU.


Incoming freshmen take the foreign language placement test on the same day that they take the Basic Skills placement test before their first semester at WPU. Upon review by the Department of Languages & Cultures, placement results are communicated to students via email and by mail. For more information on the Basic Skills placement test, please contact the Office of Testing in Hunziker Wing 220, (973) 720-3107.

Transfer students need to take the placement test in the Multimedia Language Center (MLC) located in Atrium 131 before registering for a language class. The MLC offers:


  • contact Mr. Miles for and appointment
  • Evening appointments are available upon request.


The language placement test is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, ESL, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. If you have learned a different language, please contact the MLC at

Please note:  Any student who registers for a first-semester language class for a previously-studied language and has not taken the Placement Test will be asked to leave that class.