Can I be exempted from the CAT Exams?

Frequently Asked Questions for the CAT Exam

As part of the City University’s admissions process, students are required to demonstrate their competence in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Your proficiency in these areas, can be demonstrated based on your SAT I, ACT or New York State Regents test scores. Otherwise, you may take the appropriate Skills Assessment tests (Reading, Writing, and Math) offered at the Testing Center.

Reading and Writing:

Students are considered proficient in reading and writing if they can document any one of the following:

  • SAT I verbal score of 510 or better

  • CAT English score of 20 or better

  • New York State English Regents score of 75 or higher

Students who achieve appropriate scores on national tests or the New York State Regents Examination in English, or who pass the CUNY Basic Skills Tests in Reading and Writing, are placed into College Composition I (Freshman English) at their colleges.


  • SAT I Math score of 510 or better

  • ACT Math score of 20 or better

  • New York State Regents score of 80 or higher on one of the following: Integrated Algebra, Geometry, or Algebra 2 & Trigonometry and successfully completing Algebra 2 & Trigonometry or a higher level course.

  • For transfer students, a C or better grade in Calculus

Students who do not pass the CUNY Basic Skills Tests or demonstrate competency as outlined above may not meet the admissions standards for York College or any other senior institutions within CUNY. These students will be referred to a community college, where they will be placed into the appropriate developmental reading, writing, mathematics, or English as a Second Language courses.