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CUNY/COMPASS READING EXAMINATION

Introduction

The CUNY/COMPASS Reading exam is an untimed, multiple-choice, computer-based exam that measures reading comprehension. This exam serves to determine placement in reading for incoming freshmen and as an exit exam for those students enrolled in a remedial or developmental reading course. Students must pass this exam prior to registering in English 1302. Beginning Fall 2005, students must achieve a score of 70 or higher to pass the test.

WHO MUST TAKE THE COMPASS EXAM?

  • FOR INITIAL PLACEMENT: Incoming freshmen are exempt from the CUNY/COMPASS exam if they achieve a score of 480 or above on the verbal part of the SAT, 20 or above on the ACT, or 75 or above on the English Language Arts Regents. Transfer students with 45 credits or more and students who have already earned a bachelorís degree from an accredited college in the United States may also be exempt. All other students, including transfer students from a college outside the United States, are required to take the CUNY/COMPASS Placement exam.
  • FOR EXITING FROM REMEDIAL OR DEVELOPMENTAL ENGLISH AND ESL COURSES: Students enrolled in developmental reading courses retake the exam at the end of the semester. To receive a passing grade in developmental reading courses, students must pass the CUNY/COMPASS exam. Students who do not pass this test cannot register for ENG 1302.
  • FOR GRADUATION: All students must pass the CUNY/COMPASS Reading exam in order to graduate.

WHEN IS THE TEST GIVEN?
Incoming freshmen and foreign transfer students are invited to take the CUNY/COMPASS Reading placement exam prior to registering for their first semester. Exam results for these students are available during orientation/registration sessions, at which point students meet with an academic advisor to review their placement scores to determine appropriate course registration.

Additionally, the CUNY/COMPASS Reading exam is given at the end of each semester to students enrolled in English 1396 and English 1399. ESL students enrolled in upper level classes may also be recommended to take the exam at the end of the semester. During the winter and summer sessions, the Hostos Academic Learning Center offers reading workshops. Students who complete the requirements of the workshop are then allowed to take the exam.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I FAIL THE CUNY/COMPASS EXAM?
Students who do not pass the ACT COMPASS Reading test must register for a workshop in order to retake the exam.


 


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