Entering students are required to take an examination in Mathematics to assist in initial placement in mathematics courses.

The test given is ACT's COMPASS exam. This exam is "computer-adaptive." This means that during the exam the next question asked depends on how well you have performed on the previous questions. This is intended to shorten the testing period by only asking just enough questions for the computer to evaluate your skills. It is extremely important to carefully answer the beginning questions as best you can. If you get these beginning questions wrong through carelessness the computer may not allow you to show your skills on the more advanced questions, thereby affecting your placement and proficiency determination.

The following materials should be of use to study for the examination:

- Some sample tests on Act Website
- Prealgebra COMPASS Part 1 http://www.hostos.cuny.edu/oaa/compass/prealgebra.htm
- Algebra COMPASS Part 2 http://www.hostos.cuny.edu/oaa/compass/algebra.htm
- The CUNY Testing Website. As well, the Math Section of the CUNY Testing Website