Entrance Exams: The City University of New York requires all students at 4-year colleges to have passed the CUNY ACT Exams in reading, writing and math. Passing scores from the former placement exam, known as the CUNY Skills Assessment Tests, are still considered equivalent and will be honored. Transfer students from accredited non-CUNY colleges who have completed 45 or more credits may be exempted from this requirement. Students with SAT scores of 480+ verbal and 480+ math may also be exempted.
Students who have recently failed one or more sections of the CUNY ACT Exam are required to prove a minimum of 28 hours of coursework or tutoring to be eligible to take a re-test. The Center for Worker Education periodically provides low-cost workshops so that entering students may prepare for and be eligible to re-test. For more information on these workshops, please call the Admissions Coordinator at (212) 925-6625 ext. 257.
If you are eligible to take a re-test, you may call the Admissions Coordinator at the number above to be scheduled for an exam. Only students who have applications for admission on file will be scheduled.
The CUNY Proficiency Exam (CPE): On September 1, 2003, the CPE became a requirement for ALL CUNY students, regardless of their CUNY start date. Please note: a passing score on the prior exam, known as the English Proficiency Exam, in not an equivalent of the CPE and does not provide an exemption.
Students are required to take the CPE during the semester they reach 45 credits. Transfer students with 45 or more credits are required to take the exam during their first semester.
Please note: You are not required to pass this exam before entering CWE. For more information on this exam, click here. For information on entering as a non-degree student, click here.