Ability to Benefit Exam (ATB)

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. The Office of Admissions will notify students who are required to take the examination, and the Testing Center will provide information regarding the testing appointment.
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If required, you must take and achieve the minimum cut of scores established in Reading, Writing and Pre-Algebra (M1) within the add/drop period of the term in order to be eligible for financial aid under the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). 

Students who do not achieve the minimum cut scores on any part of the test upon initial testing are eligible to be retested after receiving an intervention. However, retesting must be completed before the add/drop period of the term. Students who test and meet the cut scores after the deadline will qualify for the next semester.

Achieving the minimum cut scores on the Ability To Benefit (ATB) tests:

  • Score of 62 in COMPASS Reading
  • Score of 25 in COMPASS Pre-algebra
  • Score of 32 in COMPASS Writing Objective