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Testing and Placement: Mathematics

COMPASS Cut-off Scores for Mathematics Placement
(Effective March 2011)
(to place out of a course)
Place out of: Arithmetic (MI)
(pre-algebra)
Algebra (M2) College (M3)
Algebra
Geometry (S4) Trigonometry(S5)

*For nursing curriculum codes 003 and 046 and 047:

If M1 ≥ 35 and M2 ≥ 40, or if the student is CUNY Math Exempt (Q/R/S/T/B), student is eligible to apply for PHM 10 at Nursing Department. Otherwise, students should take the appropriate remedial course.

MTH 01* M1 ≥35 OR M2 ≥30 N/A N/A N/A
MTH 05 ≥35 ≥40 N/A N/A N/A
MTH 06 ≥35 ≥45 N/A N/A ≥30
MTH 30 or MTH 13** ≥35 ≥45 ≥45 N/A ≥40
CMAT Cut-off Scores for Mathematics Placement
Place out of: Part I
Arithmetic
(20)
Part II
Elementary Algebra
(20)
The Sum of Parts I & II
(40)
Part III
Intermediate Algebra
(20)
Part IV
Trigonometry
(8)
Part V
Precalculus
(12)
MTH 01 > 12          
MTH 05 - - > 25 > 13    
MTH 06 - - > 25 > 13 > 4  
MTH 13 or
MTH 30
- - > 25 > 13 > 4 > 8
High School Equivalency (Regents score of 75 or better)
MTH 05 Seq Math II (SMQII): MQ3 and MQ4 [10th grade math] or Math A
MTH 06 Seq Math III (SMQ III): MQ5 and MQ6, or Math B

**NOTE: If students have taken advanced algebra in high school and wish to take MTH 31, then they may be exempt from MTH 30 by taking an exemption examination administered by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

The new regents exams (2010 and after) are Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. For students entering in Fall 2011 or Spring 2012, CUNY Math Proficiency is measured by passing one of the three regents exams with a score of 75, and completion of the three-year regents course sequence Integrated Algebra/Geometry/Algebra 2 & Trigonometry. For students entering in Fall 2012 or after, CUNY Math Proficiency can be demonstrated by achieving a score of 80 or higher on any of the three regents math courses, and successfully completing Algebra 2 and Trigonometry or higher.

A student may place out of MTH 06 by passing all three regents exams with a score of 75 or above.

Note that in order to transfer to a CUNY senior college, a student must first demonstrate proficiency in mathematics by passing a credit-bearing math course (three or more credits) with a grade of C or higher, or meeting the senior college's proficiency standards based on COMPASS or other exemption.

Mathematics Course Sequences:

Liberal Arts (non-science)

  • Entering with COMPASS proficiency (M1 ≥ 35 and M2 ≥ 40): MTH 21 or MTH 23
  • Entering without COMPASS proficiency: MTH 01→MTH 05→MTH 21 or MTH 23

Mathematics, Science, Technology and Business (transfer programs)

  • Entering with COMPASS proficiency (M1 ≥ 35 and M2 ≥ 40): MTH 06 → MTH 30 (or MTH 13)
  • Entering without COMPASS proficiency: MTH 01→MTH 05→MTH06→ MTH 30 (or MTH 13)

Curricula Requiring MTH 12 (non-science, non-transfer)

  • Entering with COMPASS proficiency (M1 ≥ 35 and M2 ≥ 40): MTH 12
  • Entering without COMPASS proficiency: MTH 01→MTH 05→MTH 12

(Note: MTH 12 is not recommended for transfer to a four year college.)

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