Exemptions from CUNY Assessment Tests

Reading and Writing

You can demonstrate the necessary skill levels in reading and writing by meeting any of these criteria:

  • SAT I Verbal score of 480 or higher or SAT Critical Reading score of 480 or higher or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) section score of 480 or higher

  • ACT English score of 20 or higher

  • NY State English Regents score of 75 or higher


Students are considered proficient in mathematics if they can document any one of the following:

  • SAT Math score of 530 or higher

  • ACT Math score of 21 or higher

  • N.Y. State Regents:

  • Score of 70 or higher in Algebra 1 or Geometry, or 65 or higher in the Algebra 2 exam will be considered proficient in mathematics

  • Score of 75 or higher in one of the following:

  • Math A or Math B Sequential II or Sequential III

  • Score of 80 or higher in Integrated Algebra or Geometry or Algebra 2 / Trigonometry AND successful completion of the Algebra 2 / Trigonometry or higher-level course.

  • College Level Math Test (ACC Math 6)

Students' need for mathematics remediation is based on results of the first two sections of the test: numerical skills/pre-algebra and algebra. All students will begin the test in algebra, and based on the performance in this section, will be routed downward into numerical skills/ pre-algebra, or upward into college algebra.

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. Minimum scores for entrance into these courses are set by the individual colleges based on their requirements and curricula.

All incoming freshmen who, based on their math SAT or Regents scores, have met the math college readiness/proficiency requirement will still be required to take the ACC Math 6 test for placement into advanced mathematics. Students entering with an exemption in mathematics must still take the CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics (ACC Math 6) for placement purposes only, to ensure appropriate placement into mathematics courses. Transfer students who have already earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college may also be exempt from testing. Determination of this exemption is made by the CUNY Office of Admissions Services. Students with the bachelor’s degree exemption will still be tested in mathematics (ACC Math 6) for placement purposes.

Students whose degree is from an institution in which the language was other than English may also be tested in reading and writing for placement purposes. Transfer students who have taken a college-level course in English or Mathematics and earned a grade of C or better may be exempted from the relevant CUNY assessment test. (Note: English courses in which English was taught as a foreign language are NOT eligible for this exemption.) Students exempted in mathematics will be tested in mathematics (ACC Math 6) for placement purposes, only. In addition, if he language of instruction at the previous college was not English, the student may also be tested in reading and writing for placement purposes. All exemptions from testing SHOULD be requested at the time the student applies for admission to Hostos Community College, either as an entering freshman or as a transfer student. Students should discuss all requests for testing exemptions with an admissions counselor when they apply to the college.