CUNY Practice Test Questions

The CIty University of New York (CUNY) test has 3 sections, Mathematics, Reading and and Essay

Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension on standardized tests usually include:

  • Drawing logical conclusions
  • Identify the author’s intent to persuade, inform, or entertain.
  • Make predictions
  • Analyze and evaluate the use of text structure to solve problems or identify sequences
  • Identify the characteristics of a passage types (narrative, expository, technical, persuasive).
  • Give the definition of a word from context
  • Find specific information from a different types of communication (memo, posted notice etc.)

How to Write and Essay

The Essay component is 90-minutes.  You are asked to respond to a reading passage you will see for the first time


The CUNY has 2 math components – Basic Math and College Level Math

Math Practice

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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: Tuesday, April 6th, 2021