The Ability to Benefit Test is to allow a student who does not have a high school diploma or a homeschooled student to be eligible for TAP. Therefore, the individual must achieve a federally determined minimum score on the Ability to Benefit (ATB) Accuplacer exam.
The required scores are:
- Reading Comprehension: 55
- Sentence Skills: 60
- Arithmetic: 34
Students who do not meet or exceed all three passing scores may retake the exam. There must be a two-week waiting period between the initial test and the retest.
ATB Testing can be taken at any of our campus centers. To schedule an appointment to take the ATB Accuplacer please contact the campus center you wish to take the exam.
Preparing for the ATB Accuplacer
There are 20 questions of two primary types in Reading Comprehension.
- The first type of question consists of a reading passage followed by a question based on the text. Both short and long passages are provided. The reading passages can also be classified according to the kind of information processing required, including explicit statements related to the main idea, explicit statements related to a secondary idea, application, and inference.
- The second type of question, sentence relationships, presents two sentences followed by a question about the relationship between these two sentences. The question may ask, for example, if the statement in the second sentence supports that in the first, if it contradicts it, or if it repeats the same information.
Reading Practice Websites:
There are 20 questions administered on the Sentence Skills test with two types of questions:
- The first type consists of sentence-correction questions that require an understanding of sentence structure. These questions ask you to choose the most appropriate word or phrase for the underlined portion of the sentence.
- The second type consists of construction-shift questions. These questions ask that a sentence be rewritten according to the criteria shown while maintaining essentially the same meaning as the original sentence.
Within these two primary categories, the questions are also classified according to the skills being tested. Some questions deal with the logic of the sentence, others with whether or not the answer is a complete sentence, and still others with the relationship between coordination and subordination.
Online Writing Lab
There are 17 questions administered on the Arithmetic test, divided into the following content areas:
- Operations with whole numbers and fractions —Topics include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers, and estimating.
- Operations with decimals and percents — Topics include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with decimals; percent problems; recognition of decimals; percent equivalencies; and estimating.
- Applications and problem solving — Topics include rate, percent and measurement problems; simple geometry problems; and distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.
**Students with a 70 or higher on the Arithmetic need to take the Elementary Algebra and College Level Math section**
There are 12 questions administered on the Elementary Sample Questions Algebra test, divided into the following content areas:
- Numbers and quantities — Topics include integers and rational numbers, computation with integers and negative rationals, absolute value, and ordering.
- Algebraic expressions — Topics include evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials, multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, evaluating positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.
- Problem solving — Topics include translating written phrases into algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations (by factoring), and verbal problems presented in an algebraic context.
There are 20 questions administered on the College-Level Mathematics test, divided into the following content areas:
- Algebraic operations — Topics include simplifying rational algebraic expressions, factoring and expanding polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents.
- Solutions of equations and inequalities — Topics include solving linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, systems of equations and other algebraic equations.
- Coordinate geometry — Topics include plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, and algebraic function graphs.
- Functions — Topics include polynomial, algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
- Trigonometry — Topics include trigonometric functions.
- Applications and other topics — Topics include complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, factorials, and word problems.
Math Practice Websites:
Sample Accuplacer Tests: