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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?
The vast majority of students who are admitted to Queens College are not required to take college readiness exams  (i.e., the Math 5, CAT-Writing, and CAT-Reading exams). If you are unsure whether you need to take a college readiness exam, please review Queens College's testing criteria.

Incoming students are exempt from taking the CUNY Math Assessment Test (i.e., the Math 5 Test) by accomplishing one of the following:

Scoring at least 80 on one Mathematics Regents exam and passing a Mathematics course in trigonometry (or higher);

Scoring 500 or better on the math section of the SAT (if taken prior to March 2016);

Scoring 530 or better on the math section of the SAT (if taken after March 2016);

Possessing a CUNY associate's degree;

​Completing a three-credit, college-level math course at a regionally accredited college and earning a grade of C or higher.

Incoming students are exempt from taking the CUNY Assessment Test (CAT-Reading and CAT-Writing) by accomplishing one of the following:

Scoring at least 75 on Regents English exam;​

Scoring 20 on the English ​section of the ACT;

Scoring 480 on both the verbal and critical reading sections of the​ SAT;

Completing a three-credit, freshman composition course (or a higher-level course for which freshman composition is a prerequisite) at a regionally accredited colleg​e and earning a grade of C or higher.

Students who have been admitted to Queens College but do not meet these criteria must take the CUNY Assessment Test in Reading and Writing. (The passing score on the Reading Exam is 55, and the passing score for the Writing Exam is 56.) For more information about the CAT-Reading Exam, and to see sample questions, see ACCUPLACER: Sample Reading Comprehension Questions. For more information about the CAT-Writing Exam, and to see sample questions, see CUNY Assessment Test in Writing (CATW): Practice Exercises for Students​.

Students who do not pass the CAT-Writing and CAT-Reading must take classes in College English Second Language (CESL)

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 take the CUNY (ACCUPLACER College-Level Math, Math 6) Assessment Test. For more information about this test, and to see sample questions, see ACCUPLACER: Sample Questions for Students

To register for
Math 122, Precalculus, students must score a minimum of 60 on the Math 6 exam;
Math 131, Calculus, Social Sciences I, students must score a minimum of 70 on the Math 6 exam;
Math 141, Calculus/Differentiation, students must score a minimum of 80 on the Math 6 exam;
Math 151, Calculus/Differentiation & Integration, students must score a minimum of 90 on the Math 6 exam. 

To register for the Accuplacer College-Level Math 6 Exam, please reserve an exam date and time. 

Students are advised to prepare for the Math 6 exam. The Accuplacer Math 6 Exam can be taken only once.

Scheduling your test 

  • When scheduling your exams, pay attention to the date and the tests being offered on those dates. (For example, you cannot take a CAT-Reading exam during a CAT-Writing exam date.)

  • The Math 5, Math 6, and CAT-Reading exams take place in Kiely 144, unless otherwise specified. 

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.

We will be testing for ATB on September 6 and 13 in Kiely 144, starting at 11 am.

NOTE: These are the only two ATB test dates before the September 16 deadline.

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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