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Ability-to-Benefit Examination for Financial Aid Eligibility

Testing Center The United States and New York State governments require all students who are applying for financial aid for the first time and who do not have a high school degree or its equivalent from the United States to take and pass an Ability-to-Benefit examination for financial aid eligibility (TAP).

The exam must be passed by the last day of the drop/add period of the first semester for which you are applying for financial aid. Failure to take and pass the exam within the approved time period will make you ineligible for financial aid for the semester. If you miss the deadline for a particular semester, you may take the exam at an appropriate time for financial aid eligibility for the following semester.

LIU Brooklyn administers the ACCUPLACER Exam to fulfill this requirement. ACCUPLACER tests are computer-adaptive and use a multiple-choice format. There is no time limit on the tests; therefore, you can focus on doing your best to demonstrate your skills.

Minimum ACCUPLACER Score Achievement Requirements for ATB Students
You will be evaluated on the following areas:

  • Reading Comprehension: minimum score of 55
  • Sentence Skills: minimum score of 60
  • Arithmetic: minimum score of 34

A candidate must meet or exceed the minimum scores on each of the three approved tests in a single test administration. Scores from two different administrations cannot be mixed or combined.

For study and test preparation materials visit:

Or, you may want to download the free application at:

Retest Options:

ATB candidates are permitted to take an initial test and one retest within any three-month period. There must be a two-week waiting period between the initial test and the retest. Within the waiting period, you should study and review the test content areas in which you did not obtain a passing score. Candidates who do not pass the retest must wait three months from the date of the initial test.

The ACCUPLACER Exam is given by appointment only. Please call the Testing Center at 718-488-1392 or stop by in LLC, 4th floor.
The day of the test, please bring a current valid photo ID and a pen to the examination. NO Dictionaries or electronic devices are permitted.

Results of the examination will be available immediately after testing.