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Ability to Benefit (ATB) Test for TAP Eligibility

Evaluation and Testing

Ability to Benefit (ATB) Test for TAP Eligibility

All New York State residents who have a foreign high school diploma are required to meet the New York State ATB standards in order to be eligible for the state's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

To take the Ability to Benefit (ATB) test at CCNY, you must meet the following three requirements:
     1) You must have been admitted to CCNY
     2) You must seek financial aid awards under the state's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
     3) You do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED) from a United States high school.

ATB recipients must achieve or exceed the scores listed on the following ATB tests: 

  • Reading: a score of 55 or higher
  • Sentence Skills: a score of 60 or higher
  • Arithmetic: a score of 34 or higher

Students who do not achieve the ATB standard  scores during first-time testing can be retested following CUNY's retesting policy, which requires 20 hours of instruction between retests in reading/sentence skills and math. 



To register for the ATB test, visit  the Office of Evaluation and Testing, located in the Wille Administration Building, Room 213, or call (212) 650-6488.

If you do not registered for the test beforehand, you will not be allowed into the testing session.



for the ability to benefit (atb) tests for TAP eligibility

You are encourage to review the different resources available for the Ability to Benefit (ATB) test before testing.

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Accommodations based on disabilities will be granted to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you wish to request such accommodations contact the Accessability Center/student Disability Services (AAC/SDS which, will certify eligibility and coordinate accommodations with the office of Evaluation and Testing.

You are encouraged to review the different test preparation resources available for the Ability to Benefit (ATB) test before testing.

You may still be required to take the CUNY Assessment Tests (CATs) for placement and if you are, you will receive a separate letter in the mail.

If you have any questions about the Ability to Benefit (ATB) test, please contact the Office of Evaluation and Testing.