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Course SummaryGet the help you need to prepare for the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing with our informative practice course. Our video and text lessons cover the grammar, mechanics and style topics you need to know to succeed on the exam.
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About This Course
You can use this course to improve your skills analyzing written passages, formulating structured responses and writing strong essays. Having improved these skills before your test day will improve your chances of scoring well on the City University of New York (CUNY) Assessment Test in Writing (CATW). This course includes a series of chapters that explain:
- The different types of literature
- Strategies for analyzing and interpreting literary passages
- Different styles of writing
- Developing effective writing and revision skills
- Sentence and other writing structures
- Grammar and mechanics
- Word choice
About The Exam
The CATW is the written portion of the CATs, an alternative entrance exam for students seeking admission into a CUNY school. Students may take these exams in place of the other college entrance exams, or they may take this exam if they did not achieve passing scores on the SAT or Regents Exams. This test is a 90-minute essay in which you will be asked to write an essay in response to a literary passage. This test may be taken at any testing center of a CUNY school as part of the application process.
Preparing and Registering for the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing
The chapters of this course are composed of videos, transcripts and assessments that you can use to improve your literary analysis and essay writing skills before you take the CATW. Every lesson in these chapters is taught by a professional instructor who is also available to assist you with any questions you have about literary analysis and writing styles. The quizzes allow you to assess your retention of the information presented and provide links to the locations of the material you missed so you have a fast, effective way to reinforce your areas of weakness. Similarly, each chapter comes with a practice chapter exam that you can use to test your understanding of the different strategies and procedures presented.
When you apply for admission into CUNY you will have the option to register for the CATs in-place of the SAT, ACT or N.Y. State Regents exam. This college entrance exam may be taken at any of the CUNY testing centers.
Scoring the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing
Your score on the CATW will be determined based upon your written response to a reading passage. You will be given 90 minutes to read and analyze the passage, formulate a response and construct a well-written essay. A score of 56 or more is desired however, remedial options are available in some situations.
Passage Analysis and Essay Writing
Exam topics covered: College level writing and reading comprehension
What you will review: Use our lessons to review the different types of literature and strategies for analyzing them; different types of writing; developing writing skills; writing structures and grammar.
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