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CUNY Assessment Test in Reading

Evaluation and Testing

CUNY Assessment Test in Reading


The CAT in Reading is:

  • un-timed
  • multiple choice
  • computer-based reading comprehension

The test has 20 multiple-choice questions that will measure your ability to understand what you read, identify main ideas, and to make inferences. You need to distinguish between direct statements and secondary or supporting ideas.

You must achieve a score of 55 or more to demonstrate college readiness.

Eligible Score for an Automatic Retest on the CAT in Reading:

  • Students who score at least a 45 on the reading exams are eligible to retest once.
  • Students 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.


Your test


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 would 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 Reading.



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.