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Testing Requirements for Incoming Freshmen, Transfer Students, and Information Regarding CUNY Assessment Tests Exemptions

As of October 2008, all transfer applicants are required to show proficiency in all three CUNY Assessment Tests (reading, writing, math1 and math2) before being admitted to a senior college of CUNY.

The University has set the following standards for determining readiness to do college-level work:

  • The minimum passing score on the Reading CUNY Assessment Test is 70.
  • The minimum passing score on the Writing CUNY Assessment Test is 56.
  • The minimum passing score on the Math1 CUNY Assessment Test is 45.
  • The minimum passing score on the Math2 CUNY Assessment Test is 45.
  • Entering students are exempt from taking the CUNY Reading and Writing Assessment Tests if they achieve an SAT Verbal score of 480 or above; an ACT Verbal score of 20 or above; or a score of 75 or above on the New York State Regents Examination in English.
  • Entering students are exempt from taking the CUNY Math1 and Math2 Tests if they achieve an SAT Math score of 510 or above; an ACT Math score of 21 or above; for applicants for freshman and transfer admission for fall 2012 and thereafter, applicants may demonstrate proficiency by passing at least two of the three new Regents math tests with a scaled score of 65 or higher and scoring at least a 75 on one of the tests. This will be the uniform minimum standard for the University for all applicants starting fall 2012 regardless of high school graduation date.
  • Transfer students who have taken a three-credit Freshman Composition course (or a higher level English course for which Freshman Composition is a prerequisite) at an accredited college and earned a grade of "C" or higher ("C-" is not acceptable) are exempt.
  • Transfer students with the equivalent of a Freshman Composition course (or a higher level course for which Freshman Composition is a prerequisite) earned through testing (e.g., AP or IB) or a "College Now" -type course taken in high school are exempt, provided the equivalency appears on the official transcript of an accredited college.
  • Transfer students who have taken a three-credit college-level math course at an accredited college and earned a grade of "C" or higher ("C-" is not acceptable) are exempt.
  • Transfer students with the equivalent of a college-level math course earned through testing (e.g., AP or IB) or a "College Now" -type course taken in high school are exempt, provided the equivalency appears on the official transcript of an accredited college.
  • Any student admitted for Fall 2008 or prior who has a historical exemption based on an SAT math score of 480 (or ACT score of 20) is exempt.
  • Any student with a historical pass on the CUNY Assessment Test in Math (including the old CUNY Math Test) is exempt.

Last modified: 11/20/2014