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    ACT

    After you receive your letter of admission, the Testing Office will notify you with your appointment to take the ACT placement tests unless you are exempt (see below).

    Note: If you take your placement tests at least two months before the start of the semester and score just below the passing grade, you may be eligible for a free refresher course. After successfully completing the course, you'll be retested before registering for classes.

    If you score below the minimum level set by LaGuardia and The City University of New York, you'll need to take non-credit basic skills classes in that area. LaGuardia offers specialized learning communities and several basic skills academies, which allow you to get started in your major while you complete your basic skills requirements.

    PREPARE

    Students who are already matriculating at LaGuardia beyond the ESL level are welcome to come to the Writing Center to work on the CUNY test in writing. Students may take a practice test and get feedback and training in a review session with a Writing Center staff tutor. Students are also welcome to focus on a specific area of writing test preparation and work with a tutor in a series of sessions to improve their writing and test-taking skills.Students who are not yet matriculating are not eligible to use the Writing Center, although we look forward to seeing them once they start taking classes.

    Find CUNY assessment tests practice exercises for reading, writing and math by clicking HERE. You can also pick up a sample math test with answers from the math tutoring lab located in room E-215.


    You are exempt…


    from all three placement tests if:


    • You hold a Bachelors degree from an accredited U.S. institution

    from the ACT reading and ACT writing placement tests if:

    • You scored a 75 or above on the New York State English Regents Exam, OR

    • You scored a 20 or above on the verbal section of the High School ACT, OR

    • You scored a 480 or above on the verbal section of the SAT, OR,

    • You earned a grade of C or better from another accredited U.S. institution in freshman composition, its equivalent, or a higher-level English course


    from the ACT math placement test if: (unless a specific course you’re going to take requires it)

    • You completed each course in the three-course Regents sequence and scored a 75 or above on the New York State Regents examinations in Integrated Algebra, or Geometry, or Algebra 2 & Trigonometry, OR

    • You scored a 20 or above on the math section of the High School ACT, OR

    • You scored a 480 or above on the mathematics section of the SAT, OR

    • You earned a grade of C or better from another accredited U.S. institution in a credit-bearing mathematics course worth three or more credits.

    Note: Effective fall 2012, applicants for freshmen and transfer admission may demonstrate proficiency in mathematics for all CUNY colleges by scoring 80 or higher on any one of the new Regents examinations (Integrated Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2 & Trigonometry) and successfully completing Algebra 2 & Trigonometry or a higher-level course.

    If you’re transferring from another City University of New York college:

    • Bring your scores from your former college; they will be used to determine your placement.
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