Placement Assessment

Writing and Reading

For the incoming students of Spring 2021, the FDU writing faculty have developed a Writing Placement Survey to collect students’ feedback regarding your past experiences with reading, writing, and study skills. Information collected from the survey will be used only for the purposes of placement into writing and/or reading courses which will optimize your success during your first semester at FDU.

If you have either not taken the SAT or ACT test or if you have not submitted your scores, you will be required to submit a writing sample/essay. Once you begin the survey, you will not be able to exit and return, so be sure that you have enough time to complete it before you begin. It is a good idea to make sure that you will have a quiet, uninterrupted workspace for the time needed. All pertinent information (including the survey link and information about submitting the writing sample/survey) will be sent to your student FDU email address. If you do not have an FDU email address, call us at (973) 443-8538.

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?

Depending on their SAT or ACT test score and academic program/major, some students are exempted from taking a math placement assessment. Students who are eligible to take the assessments are placed in math courses based on the results of in-house assessments. The mathematics assessments are comprised of up to three timed tests (totaling 100 minutes) in a multiple-choice format. They have been designed to help assess a student’s prior knowledge of several mathematical concepts. The format is as follows:

  • Test A – 35 questions. Allow a maximum of 50 minutes to complete.
  • Test B, if eligible – 15 questions. Allow a maximum of 25 minutes to complete.
  • Test C, if eligible – 15 questions. Allow a maximum of 25 minutes to complete.

Students are allowed to use scrap paper during the test(s). A built-in calculator is available while taking these assessments. It is important to do your best, as your score will indicate which math course you will be placed in.

How do I take the placement assessment?

Students who are eligible to take a math placement assessment will receive information regarding scheduling their math assessment via email. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all assessments will be proctored online via Zoom. Students will need access to one of the following: computer, laptop, iPad, Android tablet, or Smartphone. The device you choose must have a webcam and internet access.

What should I study to prepare for the math placement assessment?

Students can find an overview of topics by clicking on this link.

Is there a deadline to take the placement assessment?

Your math assessment should be completed by January 21, 2021.

What if I require testing accommodations due to a disability?

The math assessments are timed, so students with documented disabilities who require testing accommodations must contact Disability Support Services at (973) 443-8079 at least two weeks prior to their scheduled assessment.

Students who are accepted into the Regional Center for Learning Disabilities program and who will be receiving academic adjustments/accommodations from that office must contact the Regional Center office (973-443-8981) and ask them to send a list of your approved accommodations to