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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.
CUNY Reading Assessment
The CUNY reading test is multi-choice and computer-based test and is not timed. It measures learner’s ability to understand what they are reading, to identify key ideas, and to formulate beliefs.
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Questions will ask you to refer to what is clearly stated in the passage, as well as determine the meaning of words in context. They will also ask you to explain, draw conclusions, and make comparisons.
A score of 55 or higher is required for the reading test.
CUNY Writing Test
The CUNY Writing Test for Test Writing is a 90-minute pen and paper test. Students will write feedback on short reading and informed choices. They are allowed to use a non-electronic dictionary in this study.
The passing score is 56
Note: To qualify for enrollment in basic college-level courses, students must be proficient in the Literacy Test, i.e. pass both reading and writing tests
CUNY Mathematics (Math 5 & Math 6)
The CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics is a timed test (90-minutes). This section is a computer-based test in two categories: Elementary Algebra (Math 5), used to meet the CUNY college readiness requirement, and College Level Mathematics (Math 6), used for placement in higher education.
57 passing points in Math 5 and no specific score required for math 6. Students, based on their SAT, NYS Regents or other assessment methods, who are exempt from taking mathematical competency tests, still have to take this test to determine admission to advanced mathematics courses (e.g., Precalculus, Calculus).
Re-Taking the Test
New students can retake the CUNY placement tests if they meet the following requirements:
- Two years or more from their initial or final examination AND
- You have not been to any CUNY testing college in the last two years.
Note: If you previously checked and passed one or more placement tests, you do not need to retry at that part again.
When will my Score be Available?
Scores should be available two to three weeks after sitting for the test. The Examination Office does not award points.
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