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The CUNY COMPASS Reading Skills Test


The CUNY Assessment Test in Reading is an un-timed, multiple-choice, computer-administered test of reading comprehension. Students take the test in the college's computerized testing lab.

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.

What does this test measure?

The CUNY Assessment Test in Reading measures reading comprehension as a combination of referring and reasoning skills. Test items require students to derive meaning from texts by referring to what is explicitly stated to determine the meaning of words through context, and reasoning to determine implicit meanings to draw conclusions and make comparisons and generalizations. The test consists of prose passages, varying in length, that are representative of the level of reading commonly found in first-year college courses. Each passage is accompanied by a set of multiple-choice questions. Because the test is computer administered, each student receives different reading passages, based on their performance on the previous passage. This enables an accurate score to be obtained quickly and efficiently. Typically, students take between one and two hours to complete the test.

What is the passing score?

A score of 70 is the passing score on the CUNY Assessment Test in Reading.

Strategies for Taking the CUNY Assessment Test in Reading

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