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

Applicants applying for Federal Financial Aid without having completed a high school diploma or the equivalent must show ability to benefit from a college education. Only students cleared through the Financial Aid Office may take the ATB test.

Antelope Valley College administers the federally approved ACCUPLACER Test for students referred by Financial Aid to meet the Ability-to-Benefit requirement. 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. The approved passing scores are shown below:

  • Reading Comprehension - 55
  • Sentence Skills - 60
  • Arithmetic 34

When Can I Take the ATB Test?

The ATB test is offered by appointment only. To make an appointment, call the Assessment Center at (661) 722-6300, ext. 6536.

Students must bring a current valid Photo ID to the test appointment, such as a passport, driver's license, 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, books, cell phone, etc.

How Do I Prepare for the ATB Test?

It is highly recommended to prepare for the ATB Test. Sign up for the ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App and receive FREE access to online study material. The College Board website provides sample questions for ACCUPLACER. The Study Guide Zone for ACCUPLACER also provides excellent 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: January 5, 2018