CUNY Assessment Test
Degree seeking students enrolling at Hunter College must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics as outlined by the City University of New York at the time of application. Students can demonstrate that they meet the CUNY proficiency skills requirements in reading, writing and mathematics based on SAT, ACT, or NY State Regents test scores. Students may also demonstrate CUNY proficiency requirements based on a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited program that is approved by the Office of Admissions. Otherwise, students must take the appropriate CUNY Assessment Test to demonstrate proficiency requirements.
Students may demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing based on the following SAT, ACT, or NY State Regents test scores:
Reading and Writing
Students are considered proficient in reading and writing if they provide official documentation on any one of the following:
- SAT I Verbal score of 480 or higher or Critical Reading score of 480 or higher
- ACT English score of 20 or higher
- NY State English Regents score of 75 or higher
Students may demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing based on the following CUNY Assessment Test scores:
Reading: a scaled score of 70 or higher.
Writing: a total score of 56 or higher.
To be eligible to register for the first college-level composition course, students must be proficient in both reading and writing.
In addition, transfer students from outside of CUNY may demonstrate that they meet the City University of New York's proficiency requirement in reading and writing by documenting successful completion of a 3 credit college-level English course with a grade of C or better from an accredited college or university. Transfer students from another CUNY college may demonstrate that they meet the City University of New York's proficiency requirement in reading and writing by documenting successful completion of a 3 credit college-level English course with a grade of C or better from a CUNY college.
Students may demonstrate proficiency in mathematics based on the following SAT, ACT, or NY State Regents test scores:
Students are considered proficient in mathematics if they provide official documentation on any one of the following:
- SAT Math score of 500 or higher
- ACT Math score of 21 or higher
- NY State Regents score of 80 or higher in Integrated Algebra, Geometry, OR Algebra 2/Trigonometry AND successful completion of the Algebra 2/Trigonometry or a higher-level course.
- Math A or Math B, Sequential II or III NY State Regents score of 75 or higher
Students may demonstrate proficiency in mathematics based on the following CUNY Assessment Test score:
Algebra (M2) score of 40 or higher
In addition, transfer students from outside of CUNY can demonstrate that they meet the CUNY math proficiency requirement by documenting successful completion of a 3 credit college-level math course with a grade of C or better from an accredited college or university. Transfer students from another CUNY college can demonstrate that they meet the CUNY mathematics proficiency requirement by documenting successful completion of Elementary Algebra or a 3 credit college-level math course at a CUNY college.
Non-degree students may attempt up to 12 credits at Hunter College without demonstrating the CUNY proficiency requirements unless it is required for a particular course. Non-degree students are required to demonstrate CUNY proficiency requirements once 12 credits have been attempted; non-degree students must demonstrate proficiency requirements based on the same criteria set forth for Degree Students. Non-degree students who fail to demonstrate the CUNY proficiency requirements and who take and fail any part of the CUNY Assessment Tests before reaching the 12-credit limit will not be permitted to enroll in additional courses at Hunter College until they have met CUNY proficiency requirements at a CUNY community college.
CUNY Assessment Test (CAT)
Students may satisfy the CUNY proficiency requirements by taking the appropriate CUNY Assessment Tests in Reading, Writing and/or Mathematics. Detailed information about each of these tests is available below.
Reading: The CAT in Reading is an un-timed, multiple-choice, computer-based test. It is designed to measure reading comprehension. Students are given several reading passages that may be practical or drawn from prose fiction, the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences. The reading passages are like those commonly assigned in first-year courses in college. Questions about the reading passages will ask the student to refer to what is explicitly stated and to determine the meaning of words through context. Questions about the reading passages will ask the student to refer to implicit meanings, to draw conclusions, and to make comparisons and generalizations. For each reading passage, students will be asked a set of multiple-choice questions.
Writing: The CAT in Writing is a 90-minute written essay test in which students are asked to respond to a reading passage that they see for the first time when they sit for the test. It is a standardized writing test that measures the student's ability to write in college-level English. The purpose of the test is to assess reading, thinking and writing skills to determine if they are consistent with the instructional goals of college-level writing courses, and to access the readiness for introductory college courses. Students are required to read, understand, and respond to a passage of 250-300 words. Students are required to read the passage and instructions and then write and essay reponding to the passage while following the writing instructions. Students may bring a non-electronic dictionary and/or thesaurus to reference during the test (a paperback is recommended), bilingual if preferred.
Mathematics: The CAT in Mathematics is an untimed, multiple-choice, computer-based test composed of four sections: numerical skills/pre-algebra, algebra, college algebra, and trigonometry. The need for remediation in mathematics is based on the first two sections (numerical skills/pre-algebra and algebra). All students will begin the test in algebra and, based on their performance in this section, will be routed downward into numerical skills/pre-algebra, or upward into college algebra. Numerical skills/pre-algebra questions range from basic math concepts and skills (integers, fractions, and decimals) to the knowledge and skills that are required in an entry-level algebra course (absolute values, percentages, and exponents). The algebra items are questions from elementary and intermediate algebra (equations, polynomials, formula manipulations, and algebraic expressions). The college algebra section includes questions that measure skills required to perform operations with functions, exponents, matrices, and factorials. The trigonometry section addresses topics such as trigonometric functions and identities, right-triangle trigonometry, and graphs of trigonometric functions. Students are permitted to use only the calculator located in the program while taking the test.
The test covers progressively advanced topics with placement into more advanced mathematics or mathematics-related courses based on results of the last three sections of the test (algebra, college algebra and trigonometry). All incoming freshmen who have met the CUNY mathematics proficiency requirement will still be required to take the Math Placement Test for placement into advance mathematics or mathematics-related courses. It is designed to measure students' knowledge of a number of topics in mathematics. Minimum scores for enrollment into advanced mathematics or mathematics-related courses are set by the college.
HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE CUNY ASSESSMENT TEST
Most students being considered for admission will receive an appointment letter with a pre-scheduled date to test. If you do not receive this letter, or if the date presents a conflict, you can reschedule the appointment by emailing the Testing Center at email@example.com.
For more information pertaining to these exams and for CUNY Assessment Test preparation resources, visit the CUNY website.