Test Preparation Resources
Accuplacer ESL Tests
Ability to Benefit (ATB) Tests
Prepare for the Ability to Benefit tests in Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic by accessing the official FREE ACCUPLACER Study App. To make use of this valuable resource with sample questions, answer explanations, and more, register here.
CUNY Proficiency Requirements
The City University of New York (CUNY) requires all students to demonstrate proficiency in English (reading and writing) and math in order to enroll in credit-bearing courses in the associated subject. Applicants may establish proficiency in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, meeting benchmark scores on the SAT, ACT, and New York State Regents exams.
Applicants who do not meet benchmark scores will be assessed using a proficiency index to determine English and math course placement. The proficiency index combines overall high school grade point average with SAT and/or Regents exam scores. There are separate proficiency indexes for English and math. More information can be found in the FAQs.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement
Applicants who have spent at least six months or more in an institution where English is not the primary language of instruction, or took ESL classes in high school, are flagged as potential ESL via the CUNY admissions process. ESL applicants who meet the CUNY benchmark scores on the New York State Regents will be deemed proficient in English and/or math, regardless of where they attended high school. ESL applicants who do not meet the benchmark scores in math will be assessed via the proficiency index in math; for English proficiency, ESL applicants will be evaluated in the following way:
- ESL applicants who do not have a New York State English Regents score will not be assessed via the English proficiency index. Applicants will be required to take Accuplacer ESL to determine reading and writing proficiency and appropriate course placement.
- ESL applicants who have a New York State English Regents score will be assessed via the English proficiency index. Applicants who do not meet the English proficiency index benchmark score will be required to take Accuplacer ESL to determine appropriate course placement.
More information can be found in the FAQs.