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Matriculation requires successful completion of a competency exam to assess your academic readiness for the program curriculum. If you don’t meet the necessary threshold on the initial test we will provide resources you can use to prepare yourself to take the test a second time. You may then take a test of the same material by early July (see timeline below). 

If you still do not meet the necessary threshold after the 2nd test administration you will be required to enroll in either a pre-semester bootcamp (for a fee) or additional coursework in your first year that will count towards unrestricted electives in the program (exact courses will depend on competencies demonstrated in your exam performance). 

Timeline:

  • April 1: Information about competency exam is released to admitted students (sample problems, description of material covered) 
  • May 1 – 24: Competency exam is available.  Students will have a specified number of hours to complete the exam but can start the test whenever they want as long as they finish before midnight EST on May 24th 2022.
  • June 1: Competency exam results disseminated. Welcome pack resources provided.
  • July 1 – 8: Second competency test offered remotely
  • July 10: Second competency test results disseminated

Students who do not meet the necessary threshold on the second competency exam may either engage in a week-long bootcamp (provided for a fee) that they must exit with a passing grade or enroll in a remedial course or courses at Steinhardt that will count towards unrestricted electives in the program. The student must achieve a passing grade in the bootcamp to continue in the program without remediation.

Ways to Meet Competency Requirements

  • Score at the 75th percentile on the first competency exam.
    If you do not score at appropriate levels on the first competency exam, you may take the competency exam a second time or you may enroll in a week-long bootcamp or you may take remedial courses in your first semester.
     
  • Score at appropriate levels on the second competency exam
    If you do not score at appropriate levels on the second competency exam, you you may enroll in a week-long bootcamp or you may enroll in remedial courses in your first semester.
     
  • Score at appropriate levels in the week-long bootcamp
    If you do not pass the bootcamp, you may still enroll in remedial courses in your first semester.
     
  • Successfully pass remedial courses - if you do not pass your remedial courses, you may not proceed into other program courses.

Questions about the competency exam may be directed to steinhardt.a3sr@nyu.edu