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The CUNY Assessment Tests (CAT)

CUNY students are required to take and pass the CUNY Assessment Tests in reading, writing, and mathematics before registering for credit bearing courses. Students who do not pass these tests are placed in the appropriate remedial level based on placement charts developed by the Education and Reading, English, and Mathematics departments.

CUNY proficiency is achieved as follows:

CAT in Reading (CAT-R) - a score of 70 or higher.

CAT in Writing (ACT-W) - a score of 56 or higher.

Students need to pass both- reading and writing- tests to be eligible for College Composition I (ENG 11). See the English/Reading placement chart for additional placement information.

Students may also demonstrate reading and writing proficiency on the basis of NYS English Regents scores of 75 or higher or SAT verbal or critical reading scores of 480 or higher.

CAT in Mathematics (COMPASS) - CUNY Math proficiency for community college students is achieved by scoring a minimum of 35 on arithmetic (M1), and a minimum of 40 on algebra (M2) on the entering COMPASS test.

Students may also demonstrate math proficiency on the basis of their SAT Math score (480 or higher), or NYS Regents scores. See the Mathematics chart for information on specific scores as well as remedial sequence placement.

CUNY Policy for Transfer Students

Students with a 3 credit college-level English course with a grade of 'C' or better from an accredited college or university are considered proficient in reading and writing.

Students with a 3 credit college-level math course with a grade of 'C' or better from an accredited college or university are considered proficient in math at all colleges

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