Foreign Language Proficiency Exam The Department of Languages and Cultures at William Paterson University administers a proficiency exam in the languages of Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. If needed, these exams are administered on campus. If a student wishes to fulfill their language requirement in Arabic or a language other than the aforementioned, they should contact the Department of Languages and Cultures by calling 973-720-3039 or 973-720-2344.William Paterson University has a 0-6 credit foreign language reading requirement that all students must satisfy before earning a baccalaureate degree. The University does not automatically accept high school foreign language work as equivalent to college-level study. All new freshman students may be required to take a foreign language proficiency exam to determine the appropriate level the student should begin study of a new language. To begin the process of placement, please complete this survey. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Languages and Cultures by calling 973-720-3039 or 973-720-2344.