Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019

Testing

CUNY Assessment Tests

Each undergraduate student must successfully complete The City University of New York Assessment Tests in reading, writing, and mathematics unless exempted. All students, including transfer students, must take the tests before they may register for the first time as matriculated students.

Students are exempted from taking the CUNY Assessment Tests in reading and writing if their verbal score on the SAT is 480 or higher; if their verbal score on the ACT is 20 or higher; or if their score on the New York State Regents Examination in English is 75 or higher. Students are exempt from the Math CUNY Assessment Test if their mathematics score on the SAT is 500 or higher; if their mathematics score on the ACT is 21 or higher; or if their score on the New York State Regents Examination in Mathematics A or Sequential II or III is 75 or higher; or by scoring 80 or higher on any of the new Regents examinations(Integrated Algebra, Geomery, Algebra 2 and Trigonometry) and successfully completing Algebra 2 and Trigonometry or a higher level course. However, all students must take Part III of the COMPASS Mathematics Test for placement into appropriate mathematics courses.

External, non-CUNY transfer students who have completed a course in English composition of 3 credits or more with a minimum grade of C at another institution are exempted from the CUNY Assessment Test in reading and the CUNY Assessment Test in writing provided that the students are transferring from United States-accredited colleges or universities. External transfer students who have completed a mathematics course of at least 3 credits with a minimum grade of C are exempt from CUNY Assessment Test in mathematics. However, all transfer students must take Part III of the COMPASS Mathematics Test for placement purposes. External transfer students with foreign credentials are subject to the CUNY Assessment Tests upon entry.

Students admitted to associate’s degree programs who fail one or more of the tests are expected to complete the remedial courses that qualify them to enter college-level writing and mathematics courses and pass all three CUNY Assessment Tests in one year, which may include, in addition to semesters, a pre-freshman and a post-freshman summer immersion course and a winter intersession workshop. Students for whom English is a second language (ESL students) have two academic years to pass the CUNY Assessment Tests in reading and writing. The tests are administered at the end of every academic intervention that students complete (remedial or ESL courses, summer immersion, January intersession, or tutorial workshops). Students who do not pass the CUNY Assessment Tests within this time limit will be dismissed from the College.

Students may not enroll in college-level English or mathematics courses until the appropriate test has been passed. In addition, some courses require passage of one or more of the tests as prerequisites. A passing score on the CUNY Assessment Test in Reading is a prerequisite to all courses at the 200 level or higher.

All students required to take Part I and Part II of the COMPASS Mathematics Test and who fail both Part 1 and Part II must complete a pre-freshman math immersion course.

No associate’s or bachelor’s degree will be awarded unless proficiency has been demonstrated.

COMPASS Reading Test

Students who fail the COMPASS Reading Test on entrance are required to take the appropriate 0-level reading course in their first semester.

CUNY ACT/Writing Sample

Students who score 6 on the CUNY/ACT Writing Sample Test on entrance are required to take the appropriate 0-level writing course within their first 12 equated credits. Students who score 5 or below on the C/AWST on entrance are required to take the appropriate 0-level writing course within their first eight equated credits.

COMPASS Mathematics Test

Students who have not passed each of the first two parts of the COMPASS Mathematics Test are required to take the appropriate 0-level mathematics course.

All students required to take Part I and Part II of the COMPASS Mathematics Test and who fail both Part 1 and Part II must complete a pre-freshman math immersion course.

Placement Examinations

Placement examinations are offered by the Department of Biology and the Department of World Languages and Literatures. These examinations determine placement at the appropriate course level. Students entering the Health Sciences programs in which BIO 150 Human Anatomy and Physiology I is a pre-major requirement must take the Biology Department Placement Examination. Students are referred to the Testing Office for information.

See the section on Attendance Policies for information on the special attendance policies that apply to 0-level courses.