Office of Academic Testing

Guttman’s Office of Testing Services provides information and services pertaining to the CUNY Assessment Tests (CAT) and the Ability to Benefit (ATB) tests.

CUNY Assessment Tests

The CUNY Assessment Tests (CAT) evaluate competencies in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics. Students take these tests when they are first admitted to the college unless they have demonstrated proficiency in these subject areas by other standards. Here is a review of the CUNY admissions assessment test requirements.

The Reading Test

The Reading Test is designed to measure reading comprehension and is untimed, multiple choice, and is a computer based exam. A score of at least 55 is considered a demonstration of proficiency.

The Writing Test

The Writing Test is designed to measure the ability to do college-level writing in English based on critical reading, thinking, and writing skills. 90 minutes is allotted for the completion of this paper-and-pen test (time may differ for students with accommodations.) Non-electronic dictionaries are allowed. A score of 56 or higher demonstrates proficiency.

The Math Test

The math test is untimed, multiple choice, and computer based. The test consists of:

  • Elementary algebra
  • College Level Math

There is a calculator available in the test program for questions where a calculator is deemed necessary.   A score of 57 or higher on the Elementary Algebra portion of the test is used to demonstrate proficiency in Elementary Algebra.


For students who do not demonstrate proficiency on entry to Guttman Community College, there will be opportunities to do so through re-testing. The Office of Testing Services coordinates these opportunities with faculty in relevant subject areas.