First Year Foundations

First Year Foundations Placement Test/Accuplacer

William Paterson University maintains a First Year Foundations Program to ensure students' preparedness for university-level study in the foundational areas of reading and mathematics.

In order to determine if you need to take courses in the First Year Foundations Program, you will be required to take a placement test.   This test will help us to determine the appropriate first year foundations and college-level courses you should take in your first year at William Paterson University. The test is given to students on a rolling basis after submission of the Enrollment Deposit but prior to their enrolling in any courses at the University.

The Office of Testing administers a standardized test called Accuplacer.  Accuplacer is computerized and includes sections in each of the following areas:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
  • Advanced Algebra and Functions

You may be exempt from placement testing based on SAT scores.  If your Critical Reading and/or Mathematics score  is equal to or greater than 570, you may submit your scores for review to the Office of Testing by fax (973-720-2588) or email

First Year Foundations Placement Testing for

Spring Semester 2020






Saturday, December 7, 2019 7:45am 8:00am
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 2:15pm 2:30pm

If you have any question, concern or require assistance in scheduling your First Year Foundations Placement Test appointment, you may contact the Office of Testing.  The telephone number is 973-720-3095 or email 

 You must have a current unexpired photo ID on your scheduled test date.  If you do not have an identification, you may complete William Paterson University's application by clicking here: Photo ID Application

To schedule your appointment and register online, please click here: 

Accuplacer sample questions are available for students

After taking the test you will receive a letter informing you of your first year foundations placement.

For more information on the First Year Foundations Program, please visit the First Year Foundations Website.


There may be times examinations are cancelled due to inclement weather or other emergencies. In such cases, please visit our welcome page for an updated announcement or you may call 973-720-2570.