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Testing & Scholarships - CUNY Assessment Tests

What are the CUNY Assessment Tests?

The CUNY Skills Assessment Program consists of tests in three important areas: reading, writing, and mathematics. Results of these tests are used in determining students' readiness for college-level work, and also for course placement purposes. Students can demonstrate readiness for college-level work by meeting specific SAT, NYS Regents, and other testing criteria. Students who do not meet these criteria are not exempted from the CUNY Assessment Tests requirement. They may not be able to enter a senior college until they have passed all three basic skills tests.

Who is required to take the CUNY Assessment Tests?

  • Freshman applicants who apply to any senior college in the City University of New York system but who do not meet remediation exemption requirements based on SAT, ACT, or NYS Regents Examination scores are required to take the Skills Assessment Tests. If they pass all CUNY Skills Tests and meet the college's other admissions criteria, they can enter the senior college of their choice.
  • CUNY community college transfer applicants (unless exempted by virtue of SAT, ACT, or Regents scores) are required to pass all skills tests before transferring to a CUNY senior college.
  • Continuing studentswho have not yet met the reading, writing, and/or math minimum skills requirements must pass the skills tests to maintain their academic standing.

Preparing for the Tests

  • Math Lab. Students interested in obtaining math tutoring in preparation for the CUNY Mathematics Test should contact the math lab at 718- 960-8878.

Students enrolling in specific programs, such as SEEK, ESL, or the Adult Degree Program, should consult their program for further information about preparing for the skills tests.

Registering for a Test Date

  • Recent applicants who have recently applied for admission to the College will be notified of their test date, time, and location in writing.

For more information, see Preparing for the Tests above, or call the Academic Support Center at 718-960-8175. If you have further questions about test dates, please call the Testing Office at 718- 960-8156.

CUNY Writing Test

For further information regarding the CUNY writing test visit the CUNY Web site for the most up-to-date information on testing policies, requirements, and procedures.

CUNY Reading Test

The CUNY Reading Test is a reading comprehension examination consisting of short reading passages and multiple choice questions. Students must achieve a score of 70 or above to pass. The test is untimed.

The CUNY Reading Test is computer-based. At Lehman, the CUNY Reading Test is administered in the computer lab in the APEX Building, Room 238. For more information about the COMPASS Reading Skills Test, click here.

CUNY Mathematics Test

The CUNY Mathematics Test is designed to measure students' knowledge of a number of topics in mathematics. The test is organized into four sections:

  • numerical skills/pre-algebra
  • algebra
  • college algebra
  • trigonometry. 

All students must test in algebra and achieve a score of 40 or higher to pass.  The test is untimed.  For more information and for preparation resources, please visit:


For Exemptions to the CUNY Skills Assessment tests visit the CUNY Web site.

For more information, visit Academic Testing and Scholarships website

Last modified: Apr 1, 2014

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