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, writing 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 admission but prior to their enrolling in any courses at the University.

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

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Elementary Algebra
  • Essay Writing

First Year Foundations Placement Testing


March 2018







 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.


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


Accuplacer sample questions for students, please visit The Collegeboard website by clicking here:

You may also download the free Accuplacer study app.  Go to:  Choose Classic Practice Test.

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.