CAT Reading Test

The COMPASS Reading Test is a multiple-choice, computer-based test that measures reading comprehension as a combination of referring and reasoning skills. It is not timed.
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30-minute tutorial: includes a sample reading passage, suggestions about how to strategize, an overview of common mistakes, and more.

Taking the CUNY-COMPASS Reading Test

The test is:

  • un-timed
  • 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

  1. referring to what is explicitly stated and determining the meaning of words through context, and
  2. reasoning to determine implicit meanings, to draw conclusions, and to make comparisons and generalizations.

Five types of reading comprehension passages are included:

  • Practical Reading
  • Prose Fiction
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences