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  • Several English courses at LaGuardia Community College have final examinations. This is a brief overview of those examinations. Your instructor will provide you with additional information about the particular examination you must take during the semester.


    For further information, contact:

    Dr. Irwin Leopando
    718.482.5910
    E103 P
    ileopando@lagcc.cuny.edu

    Dr. Gail Green-Anderson
    718.482.5668
    E-103 P
    greenga@lagcc.cuny.edu 

    Dr. Heidi Johnsen
    718.482.5663
    E103 P
    hjohnsen@lagcc.cuny.edu

    Dr. Susan Young
    Chief Reader and Senior Faculty Fellow,
    CUNY Office of Assessment

    718.482.5671
    E 103 L
    youngsu@lagcc.cuny.edu
     


    Examination Overview

  •  ENG/A099: CUNY Assessment Test in Writing

    The CUNY Assessment Test in Writing (CATW) is a standardized writing test that measures a student’s ability to do college-level writing in English. The purpose of the test is to assess students’ reading, thinking, and writing skills to determine if they are consistent with the instructional goals of college-level writing courses, and to assess students’ readiness for introductory college courses. In the test, students are required to read, understand, and respond to a passage of 250-300 words. The CATW is designed to test a student’s ability to think and write in English, similar to the way s/he will be asked to think and write throughout her/his college career. It consists of a reading passage (the text) and writing instructions. Students must read the passage and instructions and then write an essay responding to the passage while following the instructions. Students have 90 minutes to complete the exam. They may bring a non-electronic dictionary to the test, bilingual if preferred.


    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 is included in the Student Handbook prepared by CUNY faculty.


    Students must achieve a total score of 56 or more to demonstrate proficiency. Students who have not passed the CATW can take English 099 to prepare for the test. At the end of English 099 students take the CATW.


     English 101 Final Exam

    This exam is a two-hour essay exam taken at the end of English 101 and demonstrates that a student has mastered basic college-level writing skills. Students write an essay based on a course text and incorporate quotes and analysis to support a thesis. These examinations are graded by the English 101 faculty. Students must pass this examination to pass English 101. Students who fail this exam repeat English 101.


     English 102 Final Exam

    This exam is a two-hour essay exam taken at the end of English 102 and demonstrates that a student has mastered higher-level college writing skills. Students write an essay based on a course text and incorporate quotes and analysis to support a thesis. These examinations are graded by the English 102 instructor.


     English Elective Final Exam

    This exam is a two-hour essay exam taken at the end of an English elective course and demonstrates that a student has mastered higher-level college writing skills. Students write an essay based on a course text and incorporate quotes and analysis to support a thesis. These examinations are graded by the English elective instructor.


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