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Phone: 646-312-4305

Fax: 646-312-4306

Walk-In Address:

Newman Vertical Campus

Room 5-220

Office of Testing and Evaluation



CUNY Assessment Tests

The City University of New York (CUNY) Assessment Program consists of the CUNY Assessment Tests (CAT) in Reading, Writing and Mathematics Examinations. These tests are used to demonstrate an applicant's readiness for college-level academic work and to determine initial course placement

CUNY Assessment Test in Reading:

The CUNY Assessment Test in Reading is an un-timed computer adaptive examination. It is used to satisfy Baruch College's and the City University of New York's college readiness requirements. On average a student takes approximately 45-90 minutes to complete the CUNY Assessment Test in Reading.

The CUNY Assessment Test in Reading is comprised of 20 multiple choice questions, measuring students’ ability to understand what they read, to identify main ideas, and to make inferences. Students need to distinguish between direct statements and secondary or supporting ideas.

For additional information about the test please visit the CUNY Assessment Tests page.

Study materials are available on the CUNY Testing Resources page.

Please note that dictionaries/reference materials are not permitted to be used during this examination.

The passing score of the CAT in Reading is 57.

CUNY Assessment Test in Writing:

The CUNY Assessment Test in Writing is a 90 minute pen and paper examination. It is used to satisfy Baruch College's and the City University of New York's college readiness requirements. Additionally, this examination is used to place students into the appropriate English/writing courses. Students will compose a response to a short reading selection and a prompt.

The use of a non-electronic dictionary is permitted for this examination.

For additional information about the test please visit the CUNY Assessment Tests page.

Study materials are available on the CUNY Testing Resources page.

The passing score of the CAT in Writing is 56.

CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics 5, Elementary Algebra & Skills Certification:

The CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics 5, Elementary Algebra & Skills Certification, is an un-timed computer adaptive examination in Elementary Algebra. It is used to satisfy Baruch College's and the City University of New York's college readiness requirements. On average a student takes approximately 45-90 minutes to complete the examination.

The CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics 5 Elementary Algebra exam is comprised of 12 questions, which measures the ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems involving elementary algebraic concepts. there are three types of Elementary Algebra questions:

  • Operations with integers and rational numbers: topics include computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values, and ordering.
  • Operations with algebraic expressions: topics include the evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials, multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.
  • Solution of equations, inequalities, word problems: topics include solving linear equations and inequalities, solving quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context, including geometric reasoning and graphing, and the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions.

Some questions on the CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics 5, Elementary Algebra & Skills Certification exam allow for the use of a calculator. When permitted the testing system will provide one on the screen for your use.

Please note that reference materials and physical calculators are not permitted to be used during this examination.

For additional information about the test please visit the CUNY Assessment Tests page.

Study materials are available on the CUNY Testing Resources page.

The passing score at Baruch for the CAT in Mathematics 5 - Elementary Algebra & Skills Certification is 57

CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics 6, College Level Math & Placement:

The CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics 6, College Level Math and Placement, is an un-timed computer adaptive examination which is used for placement into more advanced college level Mathematics and Mathematics related courses. On average a student takes approximately 45-90 minutes to complete the examination.

All students entering into Baruch College are required to take the Mathematics 6 College Level Math & Placement test. Even if you have an exemption or have already passed a mathematics skill assessment, you must still take this examination.

The CUNY Assment Test in Mathematics 6, College Level Math & Placement, exam is comprised of 20 questions, which measure the ability to solve problems that involve college-level mathematics concepts. There are five types of College-Level Math questions:

  • Algebraic operations: topics include simplifying rational algebraic expressions, factoring, expanding polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents.
  • Solutions of equations and inequalities: topics include the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, equation systems and other algebraic equations.
  • Coordinate geometry: topics include plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, and graphs of algebraic functions.
  • Applications and other algebra topics: topics include complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, fractions and word problems.
  • Functions and trigonometry: topics include polynomials, algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic and trigonometric functions.

Some questions on the CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics 6, College Level Math  & Placement exam allow for the use of a calculator. When permitted the testing system will provide one on the screen for your use.

Please note that reference materials and physical calculators are not permitted to be used during this examination.

The Mathematics 6 Placement test does not have a pass/fail score. This examination determines your placement into the appropriate Mathematics and Mathematics related courses at Baruch College.

For additional information about the test please visit the CUNY Assessment Tests page.

Study materials are available on the CUNY Testing Resources page.

How To Prepare

You can prepare for the CUNY Assessment Tests in Reading and Mathematics by accessing the FREE ACCUPLACER Study App. (Will open in new window)

A study guide is available for download here.

Study materials are available on the CUNY Testing Resources page.

Additional information about the CUNY Assessment Tests is available on CUNY's CUNY Assessment Tests page.

Registration/Rescheduling

The Office of Testing and Evaluation automatically invites all students who are accepted to Baruch College to take the appropriate CUNY Assessment and Placement Tests. Your testing appointment and information about your examinations will be sent to you with your acceptance packet.

If you are unable to honor this appointment, you will automatically be rescheduled for the next available test date (usually within four weeks). If you are outside of the New York City metropolitan area, you can also contact our office if you wish to request a specific date from our testing schedule.

Please note if your test date is within four weeks of the beginning of the semester or you have already missed three appointments, we will no longer automatically reschedule your examination. You must contact the Office of Testing and Evaluation directly by phone at 646 312 4305 to request an appointment.

Automatic Retesting

Students who come close to passing the CUNY Assessment Test in Reading or CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics 5 - Elementary Algebra exams are eligible to retest once in the appropriate area(s). Students who score at least a 45 on the CUNY Assessment Test in Reading or at least a 50 on the CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics 5, are eligible to retest one time. Students must wait a minimum of 10 business days before they can retest. Scores achieved on the retest will be used to determine college readiness. It is strongly advised that students review the Test Preparation Resources prior to retesting. (This policy is in effect for students who test after October 1, 2016)

Students may not retest on the writing test; however, students who score a 48 or higher on the writing test may be eligible to file an appeal of their score, within six weeks from the date of examination.

Skills and Placement Test Ticket & ID Policy

All examinees who are scheduled to take a skills and/or placement test must present a valid ticket issued by the Baruch College Office of Testing and Evaluation or the City University of New York University Application Processing Center (UAPC) for admission to the session. Additionally, all examinees must present valid photo identification. Failure to present both a ticket and photo identification will result in access being denied to the examination.

No duplicate tickets will be generated on the day of the examination. Examinees who have lost or have not received their ticket for an examination must contact the Office of Testing and Evaluation at least two business days in advance of the scheduled examination session. Appropriate arrangements will be made.

Special Arrangements for Testing / Disabled Students

Accommodations based on disabilities will be granted to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students who wish to request such accommodations should consult with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities in advance of their testing appointment for assistance.

They can be contacted at:
Baruch College
Student Disability Services
55 Lexington Avenue, Box 2-271
New York, NY 10010

Tel. #: 646-312-4590
Fax #: 646-312-4591

Punctuality Policy

All examinees must be punctual to their scheduled session. Examinees that arrive late will not be granted access to the Test Center.

Students who arrive late may visit the Office of Testing and Evaluation to schedule a new appointment.

Policy on Reference Materials:

Please note that reference materials, personal calculators and dictionaries are not permitted during the CUNY Assessment Tests in Reading and Mathematics.

The use of a non-electronic dictionary may be used only during the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing.

The use of any prohibited devices/resources may result in your examination being voided.

About The Examinations
Resources and Policies
Required Scores for the CUNY Assessment Test
CUNY Assessment Test
(Effective October 2016)
Passing Score
CAT in Reading
55
CAT in Writing
56
CAT in Mathematics 5
(Elementary Algebra)
57
CAT in Mathematics 6
(College Level Math)
No Pass/Fail Score