• Students applying for readmission are subject to the skills policies in place at the time they apply.
• Non-degree students who wish to register for courses that require skills proficiency are subject to the same pre-requisites
as degree students. Examples of such courses are freshman composition and credit-bearing math courses. A college may
waive this requirement for visiting non-degree students who are matriculated at a college outside the CUNY system. All non-
degree students who wish to apply for admission to a CUNY degree program are subject to the same skills requirements as
Exit From Remediation
• In order to enroll in a college-level English composition course students must have achieved minimum proficiency in both
reading and writing.
• To enroll in a credit-bearing mathematics course, students must have demonstrated minimum proficiency in mathematics. The
colleges may set standards for placement in these courses that are higher than the minimum established by the University.
Certification and Graduation
The CPE has replaced the skills assessment tests as a requirement for graduation from associate programs and for entry to the upper division of baccalaureate programs. All students must demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing before they can sit for the CPE.
• SEEK Students. Students who are eligible for the SEEK program may be admitted to a baccalaureate program without first
demonstrating basic skills proficiency. SEEK students enrolled in baccalaureate programs must achieve proficiency in
reading, writing and mathematics within one year of initial enrollment. The one-year time limit is interpreted as consisting
of the required pre-freshman immersion program, two regular semesters, the winter immersion program, and a final summer
• ESL Students. Under Board policy, students “who received a secondary education abroad and who otherwise are not in
need of remediation” may be admitted to a baccalaureate program without first reaching proficiency in reading and writing in
English. The University currently implements the policy as follows: ESL students are those who have received a term or more
of instruction in a foreign high school (language of instruction was not English) and can demonstrate minimum proficiency in
mathematics, on the basis of the SAT, Regents, or the COMPASS math assessment test. In Spring 2002, the University
established a second procedure for identifying ESL students. CUNY/ACT essays that have received an ESL designation
during the scoring process and other essays that have received a score of 2/2 or above may be reviewed by college ESL
program chairs or directors to determine whether these students should be classified as ‘ESL’. ESL designations by
faculty must be relayed by the college to the University Application Processing Center to be incorporated into the
student’s application. Note that ESL students identified in this way must also be proficient in mathematics.
ESL students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must pass the reading and writing assessment tests by the
end of their fourth full semester of attendance. They may not repeat an ESL course after receiving either no
credit or a failing grade twice previously in that course. These limitations on time and attempts do not apply
to ESL students pursuing an associate degree.