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General Contact Information

Phone: 646-312-4305

Fax: 646-312-4306

Walk-In Address:

Newman Vertical Campus

Room 5-220

Office of Testing and Evaluation

Ability to Benefit

The Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) test requirement applies to New York State resident 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 TASC/GED from the United States.

Effective January 26, 2016, first-time recipients must take and pass an approved ability-to-benefit test within the institution's add/drop period to establish award eligibility in that term.

Effective October 1, 2015 and thereafter, first-time TAP recipients must meet or exceed all of the following minimum cut scores on the Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills and Arithmetic modules of Accuplacer. :

Ability-to-Benefit Test Module Minimum Score
AccuPlacer Reading Comprehension
AccuPlacer Sentence Skills
AccuPlacer Arithmetic

The Office of Testing and Evaluation will notify students who are required to take the examination, and provide information regarding the testing appointment.


Retest Information:

Within any three-month period, ATB candidates are permitted an initial test and one retest . There must be a two-week waiting period between the initial test and the retest.

Students are required to attend a structured academic intervention with the Student Academic Consulting Center (SACC) prior to being able to take their retest.

Study/Test Prep Materials:

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