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CUNY Assessment Tests (CAT)


Reading

The CAT in Reading is an untimed, multiple choice, computer-based test of reading comprehension. A score of 55 or more demonstrates college readiness.

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. A total score of 56 or more demonstrates college readiness.

Mathematics

The CAT in Mathematics is an untimed, multiple choice, computer-based test composed of two sections: Elementary Algebra (Math 5), which is used to satisfy the college readiness requirement, and College-Level Math (Math 6), which is used for placement into more advanced college level math courses. Some questions on the math tests allow for calculator use; there will be a built-in calculator automatically available on the computer- based test when it is permissible. A score of 57 or more in Elementary Algebra (Math 5) demonstrates college readiness.