Beginning in fall 2006, the New York State Legislature passed legislature requiring all students who are applying for the New York State Tuition Assistance program (TAP) for the first time and who have a high school diploma from a foreign high school to document their ‘ability to benefit’ from college-level coursework through standardized tests. Students with an earned high school diploma from a United States high school or a high school school equivalency diploma obtained from the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) (formally known as the GED) do not have to show proficiency through testing to receive a TAP award.
To take the Ability to Benefit (ATB) test at BMCC, students must meet the following three requirements:
- Be accepted to BMCC
- Be a US citizen or Permanent Resident with a valid Green Card
- Applied or plan to apply for financial aid through the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
Students must achieve or exceed the following scores on the listed ACCUPLACER tests:
- Minimum score of 34 on the Arithmetic test
- Minimum score of 55 on the Reading test
- Minimum score of 60 on the Sentence Skills test
Students who do not achieve the minimum required scores on the Arithmetic and Sentence Skills tests are eligible to be retested after receiving 20 hours of intervention. Students who score between 45 and 54 on the reading test are eligible for one retest after a two-week waiting period. Within those two weeks students are encouraged to attend prep workshops offered by the Testing Office. Students, who then do not achieve the minimum required score, must wait three months from the date of the intial test in order to be able to retest.