Ability to Benefit (ATB) Test

Delgado Community College is an approved testing center for the Ability to Benefit (ATB) Test.  The Office of Advising & Testing administers the computerized version of the ACCUPLACER ATB test, a paper and pencil option is not available at our testing centers.

Who is eligible to take this test?

Only non-high school graduates who are enrolled in an eligible career pathway may take the ATB for financial aid purposes. The only eligible career pathways at Delgado Community College are through the Accelerated Career Education (ACE) program, which allow students to concurrently work on their math and English skills with the Adult Education Program.  Students who cannot or do not wish to enroll in an eligible career pathway should plan on earning a high school equivalency diploma through the HiSET Exam.

All interested students should contact the Adult Education Program/ACE Program prior to registering for and completing the ATB test.

Delgado Community College Adult Education Program

City Park Campus
Building 7, Room 170 
504-671-5434 
adulated@dcc.edu

Learn more about adult education

Delgado Community College ACE Program

City Park Campus
Building 7, Room 170 
504-671-5434
aceprogram@dcc.edu

Learn more about the ACE program

What subjects are covered on the test?

Sentence Skills, Reading Comprehension, and Arithmetic are all covered on the test.

Which Delgado locations offer this test?

The ATB test is offered at the City Park and West Bank Campuses as well as the Sidney Collier Site.

What’s the cost of the test?

Students will be charged a $15 non-refundable fee for the test on the administration date.

Are there study/preparation materials?

Yes! Please visit the ACCUPLACER test prep site for sample exam questions and the free Official Study App.

What ATB scores do I need to pass?

  • Sentence Skills: 60
  • Reading Comprehension: 55
  • Arithmetic: 34

What happens if I don’t pass the test?

Re-Test Policy

  • Within any three-month period, ATB candidates may be permitted an initial test and one retest. There must be a two week waiting period between the initial test and the retest.
  • Students who do not pass all three tests during the initial testing must retake and pass all three tests in order to meet the required ATB passing scores.
  • Scores from two different administrations cannot be mixed or combined. A student must pass all three tests during a single test session.

How do I check available dates and sign up for the ATB exam?

  1. Contact the Adult Education Program or ACE Program
  2. Apply to and be accepted into the program
  3. Use the online scheduling system to schedule your test

Contact Us

City Park Campus
Building 2, Room 302
(504) 671-5080

West Bank Campus
LaRocca Hall, Room 303
(504) 762-3198

Sidney Collier Site
Building 3, Room 117A
(504) 941-8526

No personal items, including but not limited to, mobile phones, hand-held computers/personal digital assistants (PDAs) or other electronic devices, pagers, smart watches, purses, firearms or other weapons, hats (and other non-religious head coverings), bags, books, and/or notes are allowed in the testing rooms. You must store all personal items in a secure area as indicated by the Testing Center staff or return them to your vehicle. If you refuse to store your personal items, you will be unable to test.  

The only thing you are required to have on test day is your state and/or government issued photo ID.