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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 assessments.​ Additionally, some students are required to take the ATB test​ in order to qualify for New York State TAP support. 

English as a Second Language Assessment​

Ordinarily, English as a Second Language (ESL) students who do not meet CUNY's proficiency requirements in English are assessed via the CATW. Because of testing disruptions caused by the pandemic, ESL students will instead be evaluated via the ESL Diagnostic Assessment (ESLD), an online web-based assessment, to determine appropriate English course placement. 

Advanced Math Course Placement 

Students who are interested in placing into advanced mathematics courses such as Math 122, 131, 141, or 151 must visit the Mathematics Department​. The college no longer offers the Accuplacer Math 6 exam.

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.

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 or other student identification, a driver's license, passport or other government-issued identification are acceptable forms of identification for CUNY exams. Photo identification must be current. 

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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