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Ability-To-Benefit (ATB)

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

Effective July 1, 2015: Title lV funds are again available to students who are not high school graduates, provided they pass an approved ATB test and are enrolled in an eligible career pathway program.

Prior to 2012, students without a high school diploma or equivalent were able to access federal financial aid as long as they were able to demonstrate college readiness. The Ability-to-Benefit provision was eliminated as part of the fiscal year (FY) 2012 spending bill. The new ATB provisions passed in the 2015 spending bill partially reinstates the more expansive version of ATB.

Miami Dade College uses the ACCUPLACER (CPT) for demonstrating college readiness through an approved ATB test.

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

ACCUPLACER (CPT) qualification scores for ATB
ACCUPLACER (CPT) Score
Reading Comprehension 55
Sentence Skills 60
Arithmetic 34
Notes:
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 Internet version of the CPT is the only version of the CPT that is eligible for ATB purposes.
The PERT is not an ATB eligible test.


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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