Testing and Policies
All CUNY basic skills tests and ACT diagnostic assessments must be administered under the direct supervision of the college testing office. The results of testing conducted under any other circumstances cannot become part of the student’s official record.
Re-testing should be conducted as follows:
Colleges re-test students in top-level developmental English and ESL semester-length courses in reading and writing or top-level developmental semester-length courses in mathematics during “windows” established each semester. These windows are generally set for the last two weeks of the semester.
Colleges re-test students in top-level short courses/modules that end at other dates only at the end of the short courses/modules. Re-tests for students in short courses or modules must be preceded by a minimum of 20 hours of instruction (15 hours for math courses, on a pilot basis, at the discretion of the chief academic officer).
Colleges may re-test individual students no more than 2 times during a semester. Re-tests must be preceded by a minimum of 20 hours of instruction (15 hours for math courses, on a pilot basis, at the discretion of the chief academic officer).
Departments or programs may recommend a few outstanding students from intermediate-level ESL or English reading or writing courses, or intermediate mathematics courses for exit testing. Such students may not be re-tested without the
approval of the appropriate Chair or Program Director.
Students in top-level reading and developmental mathematics courses must be tested under the direct supervision of the college’s testing office. Class teachers may not be present during the testing.
Students in developmental and ESL writing courses write their essays in rooms designated by the testing office or, with the agreement of the testing office and the appropriate department or program, they may write their essays in their regular classrooms. Class teachers may not be present during the testing.