The CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics

The CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics is an un-timed, multiple-choice, computer-based test composed of four sections: numerical skills/pre-algebra, algebra, college algebra, and trigonometry.

No special computer skills are necessary to take the test. To take the test, students only need to be able to type their name and identification number and be able to point and click using the mouse. Complete instructions are provided at the time the student takes the test.

Students are permitted to use only the Microsoft Windows calculator while taking the test.

What does this test measure?

The CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics is designed to measure students' knowledge of a number of topics in mathematics: arithmetic, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, trigonometry, and pre-calculus.

Placement into required basic mathematics courses is based on the results of pre-algebra and algebra sections of the test. Placement into higher level mathematics courses (e.g., Precalculus, Calculus) is based on the results of the last two parts of the test.

What is the passing score?

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 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 (passing M1)
    • Algebra (Math 2) score of 40 or higher (passing M2)

Students' need for mathematics remediation is based on results of the first two sections of the test: numerical skills/pre-algebra and algebra. All students will begin the test in algebra, and based on the performance in this section, will be routed downward into numerical skills/ pre-algebra, or upward into college algebra.

The test covers progressively advanced topics with placement into more advanced mathematics or mathematics-related courses based on results of the last three sections of the test. Minimum scores for entrance into these courses are set by the individual colleges based on their requirements and curricula.

All incoming freshmen who, based on their math SAT or Regents scores, have met the math college readiness/proficiency requirement will still be required to take the Math 3 test for placement into advanced mathematics.  Math 3 is comprised of algebra, college algebra and trigonometry.

Strategies for Taking the CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics

The CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics is designed to measure students' knowledge of a number of topics in mathematics. The following strategies may be helpful when taking the test:

  • Practice math problems without using a calculator. Calculators are permitted to be used in the exam. Students are provided with scratch paper to do the problems.
  • Read each problem carefully.
  • Pace yourself—do not spend too much time on any single word problem or equation.
  • Answer every question. You must answer the question before you can go on to the next one.
  • Review the answer you have selected. Once you click “Go On” you may not return to the previous problem.