As a part of The City University of New York (CUNY), Hostos no longer requires that all entering students take the CUNY Assessment tests in reading, writing, and mathematics to demonstrate their proficiency and readiness to do college level work. Student course placements in Mathematics and English will be based on the evaluation of their academic records. A test of Spanish proficiency is given to students for appropriate placement in Spanish-language courses. No student is permitted to register without taking the required placement tests or showing acceptable proof of exemption accepted by the University. A valid government-issued photo ID (driver's license or state identification card) or Hostos Community College ID card is required for all testing – No Exceptions.

The Testing Center is committed to providing excellent customer service to our students, faculty and community, while ensuring the integrity of testing in a secure environment. The Testing Center administers several types of exams: ESL placement tests for incoming freshmen and new transfer students (CAT), exit tests for students completing developmental classes or workshops, the Ability to Benefit (ATB) test to determine eligibility for New York State TAP benefits, and other tests for CUNY assessment purposes.