Placement Assessment

Writing and Reading

Student placement in College Writing and, if necessary, College Reading courses is based on high school GPA and college admission test scores (either the SAT or ACT tests). In the absence of college admission test scores, high school GPA and writing-specific course work are reviewed. On the first day of College Writing and College Reading courses, students will be given diagnostic assessments to confirm the accuracy of their course placements.


What is the math placement assessment?

Student placement in math courses is determined by completing Accuplacer assessments. We administer two Accuplacer math assessments: Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS), and Next-Generation Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF). The assessments are multiple choice format. Students will begin with QAS and will proceed to AAF depending on the QAS score.

The assessments are adaptive, which means that the computer automatically determines the next questions based upon responses to prior questions. Sessions are not timed, so you will have sufficient time to think about your desired answer. Once an answer has been selected and confirmed, you may not return to it.

It is important to do your best, as your score indicates the right math course for you to be the most successful in your college education.

How do I take the placement assessment?

Students who have submitted their deposit to attend FDU will receive information regarding scheduling their math assessment via email. Accuplacer assessments can be taken during an on-campus testing date (please contact our office at (973) 443-8538 for the current schedule). Students living more than 50 miles from the Florham Campus may be able to test online through the virtual proctoring service Examity, using a computer that has a webcam and internet access.

Can I practice for the placement assessment?

Yes. Students can find more information about the math assessment online, with FAQs and interactive online learning tools for Next-Generation Accuplacer assessments of QAS and AAF.

Is there a deadline to take the placement assessment?

To receive your full schedule at orientation, you must complete your math assessment by June 1.

Is it possible to retake a placement assessment?

Students may take one math placement retest at least two weeks after their initial assessment date. Retests will be offered on campus at FDU on select dates during the summer after new student Orientation is complete, but before August 15.

What if I require testing accommodations due to a disability?

The math assessments are not timed; however, students with documented disabilities requiring other testing accommodations must contact Disability Support Services at (973) 443-8079 at least two weeks prior to their scheduled assessment.