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CUNY Assessment Test in Reading: Test Guide

30-minute tutorial includes a sample reading passage, suggested strategies, an overview of common mistakes, and more.

writing blue CUNY Assessment Test in Writing (CATW): Plan to spend about an hour reading about the test. Look at the Information for Students <pdf> and try the Practice Exercises <pdf>.

mathicon CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics: Use our resources to help prepare you for the test.

The CUNY Assessment Tests (CATs)



  1. The CUNY Assessment Tests are critical in measuring your readiness for college success. These high-stakes tests evaluate your competency in areas of reading, writing, and mathematics.
    • Your results on the CUNY Assessment Tests can determine admission to four-year colleges.

    • Your results on the CUNY Assessment Tests can determine whether or not you can enroll in credit-bearing courses directly, or if you must first take non-credit courses in reading, writing, math, or ESL.
  2. The three CUNY Assessment Tests are given in Reading, Writing, and Math.

  3. Prepare for the tests: Use the resources available to prepare for the CUNY Assessment Tests.

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CUNY Elementary Algebra Final Exam


Beginning Fall 2012, the CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics will no longer be used to determine exit from developmental arithmetic/pre-algebra or elementary algebra courses and interventions.

Students enrolled in arithmetic/pre-algebra developmental courses, workshops or other interventions will be able to demonstrate readiness for elementary algebra by meeting the home college's requirements for passing the course, workshop, or intervention.

Students enrolled in elementary algebra developmental courses, workshops or other interventions will be able to demonstrate readiness for college level courses in mathematics by: 1) passing the University-wide CUNY Elementary Algebra Final Exam with a score of 60 or higher; and 2) earning an overall average of a 74 or higher in the intervention. The CUNY Elementary Algebra Final Exam will be worth 35% of the final grade.

Sample Tests:

Review Materials:

Additional review materials, including the List of Learning Objectives for the CUNY Elementary Algebra Final Exam, are available here>>