The Testing Center

The Center is responsible for implementing CUNY’s testing standards and practices while administering the University’s Assessment Tests (CAT), the Mathematics Placement Test, the basic skills Exit Tests and the Ability to Benefit (ATB) Test.

MISSION

The Testing Center is here to provide and maintain a professional, secure and supportive testing atmosphere conducive to test takers performing at their best ability. The Center is responsible for implementing CUNY’s testing standards and practices while administering the University’s Assessment Tests (CAT), the Mathematics Placement Test, the basic skills Exit Tests and the Ability to Benefit (ATB) Test. Other testing services, implemented under the conditions stipulated by the institutions providing the exams, such as the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and others aligned with the college’s mission, are provided to members of the community.

CUNY Assessment Tests (CAT)

All entering freshman and transfer students are required to demonstrate their competence in Reading, Writing and Mathematics by means of the CAT (CUNY Assessment Tests). Results of these tests are used to determine whether the student can enroll in a full load of credit bearing courses or if, at first, non-credit courses in Reading, Writing, Math, or ESL are needed. See CUNY’s criteria for exemptions from the CUNY Assessment Tests here. Students who do not meet these must take the Basic Skills tests in Math, Reading and Writing.

CUNY Assessment Test in WRITING:
The CUNY Assessment Test in Writing is a 90 minute pen and paper examination. Students will compose a response to a short reading selection and a prompt. The use of a non-electronic dictionary is permitted for this examination. The passing score for the CAT in Writing is 56 Student Handbook, prepared by CUNY faculty, takes you to a sample of the writing assignment (along with the scoring guide and sample papers for each score point) and some tips on taking the CAT in Writing.

CUNY Assessment Test in READING:
The CUNY Assessment Test in Reading is un-timed, multiple choice and computer based. It measures students’ ability to understand what they read, to identify main ideas, and to make inferences. A Reading Test score of 55 or higher is required. Check out the Reading Practice Questions To be eligible to register for the first college-level composition course (at MEC, ENGL 112), students must be proficient in both Reading and Writing.

CUNY Assessment Test in MATHEMATICS (Math 5 & Math 6)
The CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics is an un-timed, multiple choice, computer based examination in two sections: Elementary Algebra (Math 5), used to satisfy CUNY’s college readiness requirement, and College Level Mathematics (Math 6), used for placement into advanced college-level classes. The passing score in Math 5 is 57

A Free ACCUPLACER Study App is available. Click on the link for Mathematics Practice Questions: Elementary Algebra; College-level Math Additional Math resource

The Ability to Benefit (ATB) Test

Students seeking financial aid awards under the NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) who do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED/TASC) from the United States must fulfill the New York State Ability-To-Benefit test requirement. The Office of Admissions will notify students who are required to take the ATB test and the Testing Center will provide information regarding the testing appointment.

Students subject to the ATB requirement must take and meet the minimum cut scores established in the Reading, Sentence Skills and Arithmetic modules of Accuplacer.

Students who do not achieve the minimum cut scores on the test upon initial testing are eligible to be retested after receiving intervention. However, all retests must be completed before the deadline stated in “Please Note” below. Students who test and meet the cut scores after the deadline qualify for TAP for their next semester.

The minimum cut scores on the Accuplacer Ability To Benefit (ATB) tests are:

  • 55 in Reading Comprehension
  • 34 in Arithmetic
  • 60 in Sentence Skills

Please Note: NYS HESC requires first time recipients to pass the ATB by the first day of classes of the term to be certified in order to be eligible for financial aid under the state's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Please visit

https://www.hesc.ny.gov/partner-access/financial-aid-professionals/grants-and-scholarships-questions-and-answers/grants-and-scholarships-ability-to-benefit-questions-and-answers.html

Practice Material for Accuplacer ATB

Exemption from the ATB Test: If you have earned 24 credits in the core classes required by the New York State Education Department you will not be required to take an ATB exam to be eligible for State aid. Also, the 24 credits can be used to obtain a GED. The core class distribution is: six (6) credits of English, three (3) credits of Humanities, three (3) credits of Social Science, three (3) credits of Natural Science, three (3) credits of Mathematics, six (6) credits applicable to the student's program.

CONTACT US

CONTACT INFORMATION

Testing Center
1150 Carroll Street, Suite 311
Brooklyn, NY 11225
P: 718-270-4835
F: 718-270-4845
E:asktesting@mec.cuny.edu

 

OFFICE HOURS

(Spring & Fall Semesters)
Mon – Wed:      9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thurs                 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday                 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m

Other Tests

Program Admissions Tests

 

National League for Nursing (NLN) – Pre-Admission Exam for PN and RN

The Testing Center administers this exam on behalf of students in the MEC Nursing Program. The PAX is a standardized test used in conjunction with other criteria to determine acceptance to a nursing program.

The RN and LPN tests are similar; however, the PN version includes a section on health and first aid. There are three main areas:

  • Verbal skills - word knowledge and reading comprehension (80 questions, 1 hour) ;
  • Math: Arithmetic, basic algebra, geometry, graphs and data interpretation (54 questions, 1 hour)
  • Science: general biology, chemistry, physics and earth science. (80 questions, 1 hour)


No calculators are allowed.

 

To help you study for PAX-PN or PAX-RN, the National League for Nursing (NLN) has the NLN Review Guide for LPN/RN Pre-Entrance Exam, available at most bookstores. It helps you review the 3 areas and has approximately 1,000 practice questions and 3 practice exams in each of the 3 content areas. The book also has helpful tips for getting ready to test and for becoming a more effective learner and test taker.

 

Click here for additional information.

 

Credit by Examination Programs

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) awards college credit at hundreds of U.S. colleges and universities for demonstrating achievement in a subject by means of a computer-based exam. By earning a satisfactory score, one may earn the same amount of credits as a student who successfully completed the same course at that school.

CLEP policies vary widely from school to school, so before registering for a CLEP exam, a student should check which exams are accepted and how much credit will be given.

What are some benefits of CLEP?

Earning credits through CLEP allows a student to:

  • Skip beginner courses
  • Take higher level courses faster
  • Help determine readiness for classes
  • Apply previous knowledge
  • Save money on books and tuition

Click Get Started with CLEP for more information

 DSST (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)

A form of prior learning assessment (similar to CLEP), these tests are credit-by-examination tests originated by the United States Department of Defense that are comparable to the final or end-of-course examinations in undergraduate college courses. The nationally recognized DSST Program offers students a cost effective, time saving way to receive college credits for learning acquired outside the traditional classroom to accomplish their educational goals.

Visit http://getcollegecredit.com/ for more information.

Graduate and Professional School Examinations

Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day, standardized test that is an integral part of the law school admission process in the United States, Canada, and a growing number of other countries. It provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants.

Test Format

The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker's score. The unscored section, commonly referred to as the variable section, typically is used to pretest new test questions or to pre-equate new test forms. The placement of this section will vary. A 35-minute writing sample is administered at the end of the test. Law School Admission Council (LSAC) does not score the writing sample, but copies of the writing sample are sent to all law schools to which the student has applied.

Visit www.lsac.org for additional information.

Certification Examinations

General Testing Rules

Picture I.D.:  All students are required to present valid photo identification (College or State is preferred) in order to test. Original photo identification must be presented - faxed, electronic or photocopies are not accepted.

Start of Exam: Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the test is scheduled to start.

Personal Belongings: Only authorized materials are allowed on the desktop while testing. Personal belongings such as backpacks, bags, books, notes, calculators, head phones, cell phones, tablets, MP3 players, computing devices or any device capable of recording audio, photographic, or video content, or capable of viewing or playing back such content will not be allowed on the testing surface and must be placed in an area designated by the testing staff.

Electronic Devices - All electronic devices, including cellular phones and watches, are to be turned off and put away. They may not be turned on again until you leave the Testing Center at the end of the test.

Restroom: Students are advised to use the restroom before entering the exam area. Leaving and re-entries to the testing room during a test, except for medical emergencies will not be permitted. The Office of Services for the Differently Abled may provide special waivers to this rule as needed. Documentation of waiver must be presented to the Testing Center prior to the exam.

Food and drink: NO FOOD AND DRINK of any kind or chewing gum are allowed in the testing room.

Process: After checking your photo ID and you are signed in, the proctor will assign you your seat for the examination. When leaving the testing room, you must turn in all test material.

Unattended Children: Children are not allowed in the testing rooms. Further, children are not allowed to be unsupervised in the Medgar Evers College Testing Center. Please make other arrangements for children before coming to the testing areas.

Quiet Please! In order to help us provide a quiet and undisturbed environment, please take special care as you arrive and leave to maintain that quiet atmosphere, both inside and immediately outside of the testing areas.

Violation of rules: If a test candidate violates the guidelines established by the MEC Testing Center or the institution providing the exam, the incident will be reported for possible academic disciplinary action. In addition, the candidate may be escorted out of the Testing Center by Campus Safety & Security.  Cheating of any kind will be reported to the appropriate instructor and/or agency and further action may be enforced by the college's disciplinary committee.

Plagiarism:   In accordance with The University Policy on Academic Integrity, please avoid plagiarism by making a clear distinction between your own words and the language of the readings or any other texts to which you refer. Identify and document language or ideas that you take from readings or from any other research material, whether gathered from the Internet or from books or articles you may have consulted. For example, identify the words of other writers by enclosing them in quotation marks; cite authors and sources. 

Proctoring Services for Remote/Distance Learning Testing

As a member of the NCTA Consortium of College Testing Centers, the Medgar Evers College Testing Center provides proctoring services to candidates taking online classes from other colleges/universities, domestic or overseas. The test may be paper or computer based. Exams are officially invigilated by experienced proctors in a convenient location. We implement the conditions requested by the institution providing the exam.

To Schedule an Exam
Requests for exam administration should be made at least five business days prior to the exam date. To inquire further about our services or to schedule an exam with the Testing Center, contact us at: asktesting@mec.cuny.edu

Once the decision is made to use our services, it is the student’s responsibility to confirm with the examining institution the scheduled date and time, and to arrange to have the exam materials sent to us. Examinations are to be sent to the attention of Ms. Sharon Michel.

Special Accommodations
Special accommodations may be provided if, at the time of requesting the exam administration, the student submits official documents confirming a learning or physical disability.

Plagiarism:   In accordance with The University Policy on Academic Integrity, please avoid plagiarism by making a clear distinction between your own words and the language of the readings or any other texts to which you refer. Identify and document language or ideas that you take from readings or from any other research material, whether gathered from the Internet or from books or articles you may have consulted. For example, identify the words of other writers by enclosing them in quotation marks; cite authors and sources. 

DA Accommodations

Accommodations based on disabilities will be granted to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. In order to request such accommodations during a test, please contact the Services for Differently Abled Office (DAO) at 718-270-5027. The DAO is responsible for identifying and evaluating students with disabilities. If the student is eligible, that office will coordinate accommodations with the Testing Center.