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Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) Test

Evaluation and Testing

Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) Test

The Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) testing requirement is for students who are seeking financial aid awards under the state's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for the first time in the 2006-2007 academic year or thereafter and do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED) from a United States high school. Students subject to the ATB requirement will be notified by the Office of Admissions, and the office of Evaluation and Testing will provide information regarding the testing appointment.

Students subject to the ATB requirement must take and meet the minimum scores on each of the three approved test by the drop/add period, or 30 days after the first day of classes, whichever is earlier for a particular term in order to be certified for financial aid under the state's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).  

 Effective Spring 2016 and thereafter, first-time TAP recipients must meet or exceed all of the following minimum cut points on the Reading, Sentence Skills and Arithmetic modules of Accuplacer:

Students who do not achieve the minimum cut of scores on a test upon initial testing are eligible to be retested after receiving intervention. However, all retests must be completed before the deadline specified above. Students who test and meet the cut scores after the deadline qualify for TAP for their next semester.


Scheduling the ATB test

To register for the test visit The Office of Evaluation and Testing, located in the Willie Administration Building, Room 213, or call (212) 650-6488. Absolutely no one will be allowed to the testing session without registering for the test beforehand.

Please note you may still be required to take the CUNY Assessment Test(s) for placement and if you are, you will receive a separate letter in the mail.


Preparing to take the ATB test

Please remember that for ATB you are only going to be tested in the following areas: reading comprehension, sentence skills, and arithmetic.


For questions about the Ability-to-Benefit tests contact the office of Evaluation and Testing