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Who is required to meet the Ability to Benefit (ATB) testing requirement for NY State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) eligibility?

All New York State residents who have a foreign high school diploma are required to meet the New York State ATB standards to be eligible for TAP. Students are required to meet the scores listed on the following ATB test modules:

· Reading: a score of 233 or higher

· Sentence Skills: a score of 235 or higher

· Arithmetic: a score of 230 or higher

Students who have taken the test on the first attempt and do not meet the minimum required scores are granted an automatic retest after 10 business days from the date of their initial test. After the retest, if they do not pass, they must wait at least three months before taking the exam again. Every retest thereafter the student must wait at least 30 days before taking the exam until they pass all three parts. It is recommended that during that time you dedicate a minimum of five hours of self-directed study for each test you do not pass before retesting.

For more Information about TAP & ATB compliance, please visit the following offices:
Office of Admissions and Recruitment
Office of Financial Aid