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The Queens College Office of Testing is responsible for administering the CUNY Assessment Tests (CATs). Degree-seeking students enrolling at Queens College must demonstrate college readiness in reading, writing and mathematics as ​​outlined by the City University of New York at the time of application. Otherwise, students can demonstrate that they satisfy college readiness by passing the appropriate CUNY Assessment Test(s). Additionally, some students are required to take the ATB test​ in order to qualify for New York State TAP support. All exams are taken and scheduled through the Queens College Office of Testing. 

Do I need to take a placement examination?
Currently, there is only one exam administerd by the college, the CAT-Writing exam. The vast majority of students who are admitted to Queens College are not required to take college readiness exams . Students who do not have a proficiency index score in Writing and/or who are designated as ESL students by the University are required to take the CAT-Writing exam in order to determine readiness for English 110 (note: English 110 is Queens College's EC1 Pathways requirement).

Students who do not pass the CAT-Writing must take classes in College English Second Language (CESL) or participate in Queens College's Language Immersion programs.

If you are not sure of the accreditation status of your college or university, contact the Queens College Admissions Office, 718-997-5600 or via email at 

  • You may bring a non-electronic dictonary to the CAT-Writing test (a paperback dictionary is recommended), bilingual if preferred​.
  • ​No calculators or dictionaries are allowed for the computer-based ACCUPLACER tests (i.e., the M5, M6, or CAT-Reading exams). 

I would like to take Math 122, 131, 141, or 151; how do I go about this?

Students who are interested in placing into advanced mathematics courses must visit the Mathematics department. The college no longer offers the Accuplacer Math 6 exam.

Scheduling your test 

  • When scheduling your exams, pay attention to the date and the tests being offered on those dates.

Scheduling your Ability to Benefit (ATB) Test
All New York State residents who have a foreign high school diploma are required to meet the New York State ATB standards in order to be eligible for the state's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

To take the ATB test at Queens College, you must meet the following three requirements:
     1) You must have been admitted to Queens College.
     2) You must seek financial aid awards under the state's TAP.
     3) You do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED) from a United States high school.

ATB recipients must achieve or exceed the scores listed on the following ATB tests:
  • Reading: a score of 55 or higher
  • Sentence Skills: a score of 60 or higher
  • Arithmetic: a score of 34 or higher
If you are eligible to take the ATB exam, you will receive a separate notification from the college.

General Testing Rules
On the day of your test, the following policies will be in effect:

Photo Identification - Photo identification is required. QC identification or other student identification, driver's license, passport or other government-issued photo identification are all acceptable forms of photo identification for CUNY exams. Photo identification must be current. Original photo identification must be presented. Photocopies, faxed copies and electronic copies are not allowed. 

Electronic Devices - All electronic devices containing an off and on option, including cellular phones and watches, are to be turned off and put away. They may not be turned on until you leave the testing room. Please be advised that calculators are not permitted for certain exams.

Special Testing Accommodations - Candidates who require testing accommodations should submit proof of their need for accommodations to the Office of Special Services for Students with Disabilities​ in Frese Hall Room 111, 718-997-5870. We urge you not to waive your right to accommodations.

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