Testing and Assessment Center: Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) Test

For students seeking Federal Financial Aid that have not received a high school diploma or GED, the Federal Government requires that you demonstrate the ability to benefit from a college education.

In order to be eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid on or after July 1, 2012, students must have a high school diploma or GED. 

For students that were enrolled into an eligible college program prior to July 1, 2012, AVC administers the federally approved Accuplacer Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) test. Students must be referred by the college's Financial Aid Office in order to take this test. As per U.S. Department of Education regulations, to satisfy the Accuplacer ATB test, students must achieve or exceed the minimum passing scores on all three sections of the test in a single testing experience.

Effective Wednesday, July 1, 2020, updated test versions will be used. The approved passing scores for the Next Generation ATB tests are shown below:

  • Reading - 233
  • Writing - 235
  • Arithmetic 230
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    When Can I Take the ATB Test?

    • The ATB test is offered by appointment only. If you are referred by Financial Aid to take the ATB test, stop by or call the Assessment Center at (661) 722-6300, ext. 6536 to make an appointment.
    • Students must bring a current valid Photo ID to the test appointment, such as a driver's license, passport, DMV ID, permanent resident card...
    • Students will not be permitted to bring any other items to the appointment. Therefore, please do not bring a purse, backpack, books, cell phone, or other personal belongings.

    How Do I Prepare for the ATB Test?

    It is highly recommended to prepare for the ATB Test. You might want to consider the following resources:

    Accuplacer Web-Based Study App - FREE access to online study material - sign up for the Classic Practice Tests

    Sample Questions for Accuplacer - provided by the College Board

    Study Guide Zone for Accuplacer - Sample questions and study strategies



    Can I Retake the ATB Test?

    Students who do not pass the initial ATB test will be allowed one retest. A minimum two week wait period must occur before a retest. Students should use that time to study and review. 

    *Note that ATB tests are approved and regulated by the U.S. Department of Education. Rules are subject to change.

    Last updated: September 22, 2021