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Ability-To-Benefit (ATB)

The testing criteria and guidelines for Ability-To-Benefit (ATB) are as follows:

Federal Aid Updates, effective 7/1/2012: The Ability to Benefit alternative to the standard high school diploma has been changed, only students with a standard high school diploma, its equivalent (GED) or authorized home schooled will be eligible for federal aid.

Students seeking the ATB alternative through ACCUPLACER CPT must have either been previously enrolled or registered in an ATB eligible program no later than June 30, 2012

Effective July 1, 2012 Ability-To-Benefit (ATB) students who were enrolled or officially registered in an ATB eligible program prior to July 1, 2012 may retest once on the ATB certified CPT two weeks after the initial ATB testing date. For any subsequent attempts, the student must wait at least three months between administrations. Remediation is required between administrations. Note: The PERT is not an ATB eligible test.

Students who did not earn a "standard" high school diploma or GED are required to pass an approved Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) test to qualify for Federal Financial Aid Programs under the U.S. Department of Education "Ability-To-Benefit" guidelines. As of February 1, 2002 MDC uses the ACCUPLACER (CPT) for this purpose. Additional information is available from the campus Financial Aid Department.

Students who do not have a high school diploma or equivalent and were not home-schooled may qualify for federal financial aid by passing an approved ATB test. These Students should be referred to the campus testing office with a referral slip given by the campus financial aid office.

 

The following are score guidelines for ATB qualification using ACCUPLACER (CPT):

ACCUPLACER (CPT) qualification scores for ATB
ACCUPLACER (CPT) Score
(effective 6/18/02)
Score
(before 6/18/02)
Reading 55 52
Sentence Skills 60 60
Arithmetic 34 36 


Note:
The same test date must be used on all relevant parts of the administration. Students must meet all of the cut scores on all of the subtests on the same test date.
If needed, re-testing must be done on all required subtests after initial testing date. Ability-to-Benefit (ATB)students may retest once on the ATB certified CPT two weeks after the initial ATB testing date. For any subsequent attempts, the student must wait at least three months between administrations. Remediation is advised between administrations. Note: The PERT is not an ATB eligible test.
Test scores are valid for ATB purposes indefinitely.
The following are diploma types that need ATB testing: See AD CR HS (Odyssey) W8A (Failed FCAT), W07, W27 Special Diploma and W08/W09 Cert. Completion.
CPT information can be viewed in Odyssey using Direct Command SR TS TS TP.
Since February 1, 2002, the Internet version of the CPT is the only version of the CPT that is eligible for ATB purposes. Odyssey uses test form code “O” (On-line) for identifying this version of the CPT.
Before February 1, 2002, the Internet version of the CPT is the only version of the CPT that is eligible for ATB purposes. Odyssey uses test form code “O” (On-line) for identifying this version of the CPT.
Odyssey CPT Test form codes “A” and “B” (paper and pencil) are not to be used for ATB purposes.

The following are past years score guidelines for ATB qualification using TABE:

TABE (Complete Battery or Survey) qualification scores for ATB
TABE Score
(before 6/19/02)
Level A, Forms 5 & 6
Score
(before 9/09/04)
Level A, Forms 7 & 8
Reading 9.6 8.5
Language 7.6 7.7
Math 9.5 8.8


Note:
TABE information can be viewed in Odyssey using Direct Command SR TS TS TT.

Effective September 9, 2004, test forms 7 and 8 of the above approved TABE examinations are not to be used to determine student’s eligibility for ATB purposes.

Effective June19, 2002, test forms 5 and 6 of the above approved TABE examinations are not to be used to determine student’s eligibility for ATB purposes.

The paper and pencil version of the TABE was the only version of the TABE that was eligible for ATB purposes. Odyssey uses test form codes "5A, 6A, 7A and 8A" and "S5A, S6A, S7A, and S8A " for identifying TABE Complete Battery or Survey, Forms 5, 6, 7 and 8, Level A of the paper and pencil version of the TABE.

Computerized versions of the TABE and converted CPT scores are not eligible for ATB purposes. Odyssey uses test form codes that begin with a "C" for identifying these forms of the TABE.

The following are past years score guidelines for ATB qualification using ACT:

ACT qualification scores for ATB
ACT Score
(before 1/03/03)
English 14
Math 15


Note:
ACT information can be viewed in Odyssey using Direct Command SR TS TS TA.

Effective January 3, 2003, the ACT is not to be used to determine students’ eligibility for ATB purposes.



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