Placement Testing

Welcome to the Fairleigh Dickinson University’s (FDU) Metropolitan Campus!

One of the most exciting endeavors as you commence your journey at FDU is the creation of your first course schedule. In our effort to identify the most appropriate course selection, customized based on your academic and individualized needs, the University provides you with the opportunity to participate in placement assessment activities.

The purpose of these activities is to help enroll you in the courses in which you will be most successful. The information below is specific to the Metropolitan Campus. If you are registered and expected to attend the Florham Campus, click here to access the relevant placement assessment information at that location.

The placement assessments are meant to provide our University personnel with a survey of your skills in mathematics, reading, and writing. Based on your chosen degree program and your potential interest in pursuing a second language, an additional assessment may be administered.

Could I Be Exempt?

If you have participated in the SAT or ACT assessments, we ask that you please share these scores with us as soon as possible so we can assess whether you are eligible for auto-placement into mathematics and/or writing courses. 

You have two options when submitting either your SAT or ACT scores for placement-related purposes. You can pick one of the following two options that is most convenient for you: 

  1. You can request that scores be sent directly to FDU’s Admissions Office through the College Board’s website if you completed your SAT assessments or the ACT’s website, if you took the ACT assessments.
  2. You can also download an official score report that includes your full name, test scores and score breakdown, along with the College Board or ACT logo, and send the PDF directly to

Reading and Writing Placement Information

The FDU writing faculty have developed a survey to collect feedback regarding your past experiences with reading, writing, and study skills. 

The survey should take about 20 minutes unless a writing sample is needed. If you need to submit a writing sample, you will need to budget about 2 ½ hours to complete the survey and the essay portions. The instructions given below will help you determine if you need to complete the 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 also a good idea to make sure that you will have a quiet, uninterrupted workspace for time needed.

In the survey, you will find questions that ask about your prior experiences with some of the key concepts that are covered in our writing courses. Please be sure to reflect carefully and to be honest with yourself when answering the questions.

On the first day of College Writing and College Reading courses, students will be given diagnostic assessments to confirm course placements.

Mathematics Placement Information

To be successful in our mathematics and other courses throughout your academic journey, the FDU mathematics faculty have developed an online, digital assessment. This tool will help our University assess your competency in mathematical concepts to which you may have been exposed in the past. This information will help us identify the course in which you can be most successful in your first semester of study, based on your chosen academic program.

The mathematics assessments are comprised of three timed tests that are designed to help assess your prior knowledge of several mathematical concepts. You may use scrap paper as needed.

  • Test A (35 questions) allows for a maximum of 50 minutes; no calculator use.
  • Test B (15 questions), if eligible, allows for a maximum of 25 minutes; built-in calculator available for select questions.
  • Test C (15 questions), if eligible, allows for a maximum of 25 minutes; built-in calculator available for select questions.

Your placement for mathematics will be based on your assessment results or SAT/ACT exemptions.

A valid photo ID is required to participate in the mathematics placement assessment activities.

What Should I Study To Prepare For The Math Placement Test?

Students can find and overview of the topics by clicking on “Topics to Study (PDF)“.

How Do I Take The Math Placement Test?

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.

Language Placement Information

Students whose academic program requires a foreign language assessment will be given the option to continue studying the foreign language(s) they may have studied in high school or as a heritage speaker. Students may also elect to start a new foreign language. If a foreign language assessment is required, students will be notified accordingly.

Is There A Deadline To Take the Placement Assessment?

Your math assessment should be completed by July 8th.

What If I Require Testing Accommodations Due To A Disability?

The mathematics assessments are timed. The built-in calculator is allowed for calculator-eligible questions in Tests B & C only; based on eligibility, the mathematics assessment platform might display Test(s) B or C. Therefore, students with documented disabilities who require testing accommodations must contact Disability Support Services at or (201) 692-2076 at least 2 weeks prior to their scheduled assessment.

Students who are accepted into the Regional Center for Learning Disabilities program and have been approved to receive academic adjustments/accommodations from said office must contact the Regional Center office (201-692-2716) to request that a list of their approved accommodations is sent to

How Do I Obtain My Placement Assessment Results?

Your placement assessment scores will be automatically sent to the designated academic advisors on campus who will review your scores against your selected academic programs.

What If I Have More Questions?

If you have any questions pertaining to the outlined placement assessment processes, please contact the Academic Resource Center at or 201-692-2076.