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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.

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Winning Multiple Choice Strategies for the CUNY Assessment

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Getting Started
The CUNY® Exam 6
A Better Score Is Possible 7
Who does well on Multiple-Choice exams? 9

Types of Multiple-Choice
Multiple-Choice Quick Tips 13

Multiple-choice Step-by-Step

Multiple-choice Strategy Practice
Answer Key 39
Reading Comprehension Practice 52
Answer Key 66

Basic Math Multiple-Choice
Math Multiple-choice Strategy 76
Practice Questions 81
Answer Key 87
Fraction Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts 93
Decimal Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts 97
Percent Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts 98

Word Problem Multiple-choice Strategy

Types of Word problems 103
Practice Questions 113
Answer Key 116

How to Write an Essay
Common Essay Mistakes I 129
Common Essay Mistakes II 131
Writing Concisely 133
Avoiding Redundancy 135

How to Prepare for a Test
Mental Preparation 144

How to Take a Test
Reading the Instructions 148
How to Take a Test - The Basics 149
In the Test Room – What you MUST do! 153
Common Test-Taking Mistakes 160


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Date Published: Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
Date Modified: Thursday, August 27th, 2020