Need Help Studying for the CUNY Proficiency Exam?



The City University of New York has its own entrance exam, called the Skills Assessment Program.  The CUNY is an aptitude test which evaluates your ability to learn, rather than what you have already learned like most tests.

The exam is divided into 3 components: writing, reading and math. 

The reading component tests for reading comprehension, and your ability to analyze written information. 

The math component covers basic math, algebra (including college level) and trigonometry. 

The written component is an essay question where your vocabulary, spelling, argumentation skills and ability to organize your thoughts on paper are tested. 


Exam Help and Test Preparation


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Absorbing and Memorizing material. 
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Aptitude tests - This exam primarily tests your aptitude and not your ability to memorize.  Studying for Aptitude tests. 

Before the Test - what you just do before the test.

In the Test Room - what you must do after "You May Begin..." and putting pencil to paper - learn more

How to Cram - Cramming is not the ideal study method, but if you have to cram, here are some tips

How to Memorize - Using memnotics to memorize for a test

Mental Prep - preparing yourself mentally for an exam is critical to exam success - tips for mental prep

Procrastination - tips for handling procrastination




Complete Proficiency Exam (CUNY) Study Guide

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Includes: CUNY Proficiency Exam (CPE) & CUNY's Skills Assessment Tests (CSAT) ("CUNY/ACT Basic Skills Tests in Reading, Writing and Mathematics

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