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City University of New York

Policy Status and Authority
Sectors with a multiple measures policy: 2 Year Sector
Policy Status: In Place
The policy is based on (statute, regulation and/or system policy):

System Policy

When the policy was first adopted: 1990s
Is the policy mandatory or optional? Mandatory
Do the measures vary or are they uniform across campuses?

Uniform

Do the measures vary or are they uniform across degrees/pathways?

MATH 3 Testing: Placement into Advanced Mathematics Courses
All new students – whether or not they are math proficient – are required to take the CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics (Math 3). Test results will be used to place students in the appropriate mathematics course at their college.

What subjects are using multiple measures for placement?
  • reading
  • writing
  • math
Measures Included in the Policy
Measures required to be accepted for placement under the multiple measures policy: Standardized Tests SAT, ACT, NY State Regents test scores or CUNY Assessment Test
High School Achievement Measures Math Placement with test results AND course completion:
  • Score of 70 or higher in Algebra I (Regents test) AND successful completion of the Algebra 2/Trigonometry or higher-level course.
  • Score of 80 or higher in Integrated Algebra, Geometry, or Algebra 2/Trigonometry (Regents test) AND successful completion of the Algebra 2/Trigonometry or higher-level course.
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays None
Measures optional or recommended to be accepted for placement under the multiple measures policy: Standardized Tests None
High School Achievement Measures None
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays None
If a statewide high school standards-based assessment is included, is it aligned to the Common Core?

Yes, the Regents Tests are aligned to the Common Core.

Were cut scores for the measures determined by the system or state?

Yes

The placement process using these measures:

Exemption from Placement Testing: Students can demonstrate that they meet the University’s skills proficiency requirements based on SAT, ACT, or NY State Regents test scores. Otherwise, you may take the appropriate CUNY Assessment Test offered at the testing center at CUNY colleges.

Reading and Writing
Students are considered proficient in reading and writing if they can document any one of the following:

  • SAT I verbal score >480 or higher or Critical Reading score >480
  • ACT English score >20
  • N.Y. State English Regents score >75
  • CUNY Assessment Tests: Reading Test score >70 and Writing Test score >56.

Mathematics
Students are considered proficient in mathematics if they can document any one of the following:

  • SAT Math score of 500 or higher
  • ACT Math score of 21 or higher
  • N.Y. State Regents: Score of 70 or higher in Algebra I (Common Core) AND successful completion of the Algebra 2/Trigonometry or higher-level course. Score of 80 or higher in Integrated Algebra, Geometry, or Algebra 2/Trigonometry AND successful completion of the Algebra 2/Trigonometry or higher-level course. Score of 75 or higher in one of the following: Math A or Math B, Sequential II or Sequential III
  • CUNY Assessment Tests: numerical skills/pre-algebra (Math 1) score of 45 or higher; algebra (Math 2) score of 40 or higher

MATH 3 Testing: Placement into Advanced Mathematics Courses
All new students – whether or not they are math proficient – are required to take the CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics (Math 3). Test results will be used to place students in the appropriate mathematics course at their college.

CUNY’s Skills Assessment Tests (CATs)
Students who do not achieve the required scores on SAT I or Regents Exams can satisfy the skills proficiency requirements by passing the CUNY Assessment Tests in Reading, Writing and Mathematics

Multiple measures policy documents: