CAT Reading Test
Taking the CUNY-COMPASS Reading Test
The test is:
- multiple choice
- computer-based, and
- designed to measure reading comprehension
The passages are representative of the level and kinds of reading commonly encountered in first-year college courses.
Each passage is accompanied by a set of multiple-choice test questions. The passage is displayed on one side of the screen, with the test questions and answer choices on the opposite side.
Test items require students to derive meaning from several texts by
- referring to what is explicitly stated and determining the meaning of words through context, and
- reasoning to determine implicit meanings, to draw conclusions, and to make comparisons and generalizations.
Five types of reading comprehension passages are included: