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CUNY Assessment Test in Math

Evaluation and Testing

CUNY Assessment Test in Math


The CAT in Math is:

  • un-timed
  • multiple choice
  • computer-based
  • based on some questions that allow you to use calculator; there will be a built-in calculator automatically available when it is permissible
  • composed of two sections: Elementary Algebra (Math 5) and College-Level Math (Math 6).

Elementary Algebra (Math 5)

  • It is used to satisfy the college readiness requirement.
  • A score of 57 or more is require to demonstrate college readiness
  • You will answer 12 questions, that measures your ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems involving elementary algebraic concepts.
  • There are three types of Elementary Algebra questions:
    1) Operation with intergers and rational numbers: topics include computations  with intergers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values, and ordering.

    2) Operations with algebraic expressions: topics include the evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials, multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of   positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.

    3) Solution of equations, inequalities, word problems: topics include solving linear equations and inequalities, solving quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context, including geometric reasoning and graphing, and the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions.  

       Eligible Score for an Automatic Retest on the CAT in Elementary Algebra (Math 5):

  • Students who score at least a 50 on the elementary algebra exams (Math 5) are eligible to retest once.
  • Must wait a minimum of 10 business days before they can retest.
  • Scores achieved on the retest will be used to determine college readiness.
  • It is strongly advised that students review the Test Preparation Resources prior to retesting.

College-Level Math (Math 6)

  • It is used for placement into more advanced college level math courses.
  • You will answer 20 questions, which measure your ability to solve problems that involved college-level mathematics concepts. 
  • It has five types of College-Level Math questions: 
    1) Algebraic Operations:
     topics include simplifying rational algebraic expressions, factoring, expanding, polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents.
    2) Solutions of equations and inequalities: topics include the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, equation systems and other algebraic equations.
    3) Coordinate geometry: topics include plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, and graph of algebraic functions. 

    4) Applications and other algebra topics: topics include complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, fractions and word problems. 

    5)  Applications and other algebra topics: topics include polynomials, algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic and trigonometric functions. 




If you are accepted to City College and you are required to take one or more of the CUNY Assessment tests (CATs) for admission or for placement into appropiate courses you will automatically receive a testing letter.

If you cannot honor your testing date and time or will like to find out your scheduled test date please review our test schedule and contact the Office of Evaluation and Testing.


A low score on your CUNY assessment  test(s) could determine whether or not you can enroll in credit-bearing courses directly or wether you must first take non-credit courses. 

 You should take advantage of the different test preparation resources available for the CUNY Assessment Test in Elementary Algebra (Math 5) and College-Level Math (Math 6).



Accommodations based on disabilities will be granted to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

If you wish to request such accommodations contact the AccessAbility Center which, will certify eligibility and coordinate accommodations with the office of Evaluation and Testing.