Regulations and Guidelines Governing
the CUNY Proficiency Examination (CPE)
should make an intensive effort to acquaint students with the CPE early
in their college careers, alerting them to the courses that will best
prepare them for the examination, and providing them with information
about the regulations governing CPE test taking.
may take the CPE three times.
Who Have One CPE Failures/Forfeits
should contact students who have failed or forfeited the CPE once and
require them to meet with trained advisors designated by the college
to plan preparation for the exam. The advisors will discuss the results
of the exam with students who have failed and help students to plan
a program that may include one or more of the following activities:
tutoring, workshops for students repeating the exam, writing course
or discipline specific writing intensive course.
Who Have Two CPE Failures/Forfeits
Students who have taken and failed the test twice or have not passed
the test by the end of the extended semester in which they have completed
their 60th credit will receive a registration stop. ("Extended
semester" refers to the fall or spring semester and the subsequent
winter intersession or summer session.) These students must meet with
an advisor, who will discuss the results of the exam and help the student
to plan a required program that may include a writing course or discipline
specific writing intensive course, a workshop or other appropriate instruction,
in addition to any taken previously. The instruction should be completed
by the end of the student's next semester of attendance. Students will
not be allowed to sit for the CPE again until they document that they
have successfully completed this instruction.
who have accumulated two forfeits or a failure and a forfeit will also
receive a registration stop and will be required to meet with an advisor.
Each college should develop appropriate guidelines and interventions
for such students.
Students Who Have Three CPE Failures/Forfeits
Students who have taken and failed the test three times may not continue
to register in an associate or baccalaureate program at The City University
of New York. These students may, however, appeal for an opportunity
to attempt the test a fourth time. In evaluating such an appeal the
committee should weigh the student's history of participation in writing
interventions, academic record in writing courses and in other course
work, performance on the test, and other pertinent information. Permission,
if granted, will require an additional intervention. The appeals committee
has discretion to permit continued registration until this testing has
been completed. Under no circumstances may a matriculated student take
the CPE more than four times.
may consider for readmission former students who have failed the CPE
three or more times. Before applying for readmission, a student must
take the examination (with the permission of the appeals committee)
and pass it.
who have accumulated a combination of three failures and forfeits (other
than three failures) will receive a registration stop and will be required
to meet with an advisor. Each college should develop appropriate guidelines
and interventions for such students.
transfers to a senior college from a non CUNY college who enter with
45 or more credits must take the CPE in their first semester at CUNY
and are subject to the rules governing re takes outlined above. This
provision also applies to students who transfer within CUNY from non
degree to degree status with 45 or more credits.
colleges may provisionally admit CUNY students to a baccalaureate program
if they have completed all requirements for the associate degree except
passing the CPE. Like other transfer students, these provisional transfer
students must take the exam during the first semester of baccalaureate
study and thereafter as required. The CPE is a requirement for the associate
degree, and therefore students will not be given regular status or granted
the benefits accorded by the Articulation Policy of 2000 to associate
degree recipients at the senior college until they pass the CPE and
are awarded the associate degree. Except for those students just described,
CUNY students pursuing the associate degree who have earned more than
45 credits but who have not yet passed the exam may not transfer to
a baccalaureate program.
are strongly encouraged to offer the examination in July to successful
candidates for fall admission and to provide appropriate instruction
during the summer to those who fail.
based on disabilities will be granted to comply with Section 504 of
the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students
who require such accommodations should contact their Disability Coordinator
and the Testing Office.
rare instances a student with a disability may not reasonably be accommodated
within the framework of the test as currently administered. Such students
may demonstrate proficiency through an alternative means, to be determined
by the academic administration of the college in consultation with the
disability coordinator. Students who wish to receive such an accommodation
should request it in writing from the appeals committee at least one
month in advance of the test administration that the student wishes
they have taken and failed the examination for the first time, students
may request permission to defer a required examination. Students seeking
a deferral must state in writing to the appeals committee the reason
for the request and agree to take the examination at the next administration
(counting July and January administrations). The committee should take
into account the student's previous experience with the CPE, exposure
to writing instruction, and academic record in deciding whether to grant
a deferral. Acceptable reasons for a deferral include weak preparation,
insufficient opportunity to benefit from appropriate instruction, part
time attendance, and exceptional circumstances beyond the student's
control. The college should limit the total number of deferrals that
a student may receive.
transfers who enter with 45 or more credits and whose English language
skills are weak should be directed to meet with an advisor and to apply
for a deferral if warranted.
of September 1, 2003 all students pursuing an associate or baccalaureate
degree at CUNY will be subject to all CPE requirements, except for students
who already have earned a bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited
previously exempt students who by September 1, 2003, have completed
45 or more credits must take the examination during Fall 2003, unless
the appeals committee agrees to a postponement. As of September 1, 2003
previously exempt students become subject to all of the rules governing