What are ability to benefit tests and which ones are approved?

Friday, 08 August 2008

Information to answer this question comes from the Federal Register Publication Date: May 19, 2006.

Ability to Benefit Tests (ABT) are described under the HEA and 34 CFR part 668, subpart J. Students who do not have a certificate of graduation from a school providing secondary education or its recognized equivalent must successfully complete an approved ATB test in order to be eligible for Title IV, program assistance. A student who does not have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent whose native language is not English and is not fluent in English, and who is enrolled in a program that is taught in the student’s native language must take an approved test developed in the student’s native language. To date, no non-English ATB tests have been submitted to the Secretary of Education for approval.

A student who does not have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent whose native language is not English and is not fluent in English, and who is enrolled in a program that is taught in English must take an ATB test designed to measure the English language competence of a non-native speaker. Students who are enrolled in such a program that has an “English as a Second Language” (ESL) component and who are enrolled in the ESL component, must take an approved ATB test specifically for a student whose native language is not English and who is not fluent in English. Students who are enrolled in an ESL program only also must take an approved ATB test specifically for a student whose native language is not English and who is not fluent in English. Combined English Language Skills Assessment (CELSA) test, with updated passing scores, is approved as an ATB test for students whose native language is not English and who are not fluent in English. Also added is the ESL Placement (COMPASS/ESL) test for students whose native language is not English and who are not fluent in English.

A student who does not have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent, and whose native language is not English and is not fluent in English, who is enrolled in a program that is taught in English without an ESL component, or the student does not enroll in the ESL component of the program, must take an ATB test in English that assesses secondary school verbal and quantitative skills.

List of approved tests and passing scores: For the convenience of all interested parties, we list below all approved ATB tests and their passing scores.

 

  1. ASSET Program: Basic Skills Tests (Reading, Writing, and Numerical)–Forms B2, C2, D2 and E2. Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as follows: Reading (35), Writing (35), and Numerical (33). Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person, telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: ACT, Inc., 500 ACT Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52243-0168. Contact: Dr. John D. Roth; Telephone: (319) 337-1030, Fax: (319) 337-1790.
  2. Career Programs Assessment (CPAT) Basic Skills Subtests (Language Usage, Reading and Numerical)–Forms B and C. Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as follows: Language Usage (42), Reading (43), and Numerical (41). Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person, telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: ACT, Inc., 500 ACT Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52243-0168, Contact: Dr. John D. Roth, Telephone: (319) 337-1030, Fax: (319) 337-1790.
  3. COMPASS Subtests: Prealgebra/Numerical Skills Placement, Reading Placement, and Writing Placement. Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as follows: Prealgebra/Numerical (25), Reading (62), and Writing (32). Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person, telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: ACT, Inc., 500 ACT Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52243-0168. Contact: Dr. John D. Roth, Telephone: (319) 337-1030, Fax: (319) 337-1790. 
  4. Combined English Language Skills Assessment (CELSA), Forms 1 and 2. Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as follows: CELSA Form 1 (97) and CELSA Form 2 (97). Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person, telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: Association of Classroom Teacher Testers (ACTT), 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1 378, Montecito, California 93108-2794. Contact: Pablo Buckelew, Telephone: (805) 965-5704, Fax: (805) 965-5807. Note: The CELSA test is approved only for certain students whose native language is not English and who are not fluent in English as provided in 34 CFR 668.153(a)(2).
  5. Computerized Placement Tests (CPTs)/Accuplacer (Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, and Arithmetic). Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as follows: Reading Comprehension (55), Sentence Skills (60), and Arithmetic (34). Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person, telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: The College Board, 45 Columbus Avenue, New York, New York 10023-6992. Contact: Technical Support, Telephone: (800) 486-8497.
  6. Descriptive Tests: Descriptive Tests of Language Skills (DTLS) (Reading Comprehension, Sentence Structure and Conventions of Written English)–Forms M-K-3KDT and M-K-3LDT; and Descriptive Tests of Mathematical Skills (DTMS) (Arithmetic)–Forms M-K-3KDT and M-K-3LDT. Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as follows: Reading Comprehension (108), Sentence Structure (9), Conventions of Written English (309), and Arithmetic (506). Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person, telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: The College Board, 45 Columbus Avenue, New York, New York 10023-6992. Contact: Technical Support, Telephone: (800) 486-8497.
  7. ESL Placement Test (COMPASS/ESL). Passing scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as follows: Grammar/Usage (64), Reading (70) and Listening (70). Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person, telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: ACT, Inc., 500 ACT Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52243-0168. Contact: Dr. John Roth, Telephone: (319) 337-1030, Fax: (319) 337-1790. Note: The COMPASS/ESL test is approved only for certain students whose native language is not English and who are not fluent in English as provided in 34 CFR 668.153(a)(2).
  8. Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST)–Verbal Forms VS-1 & VS-2, Quantitative Forms QS-1 & QS-2. Passing scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as follows: Verbal (200) and Quantitative (210). Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person, telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: Wonderlic Personnel Test, Inc., 1795 N. Butterfield Road, Libertyville, IL 60048. Contact: Mr. David Teuber, Telephone: (877) 605-9499, Fax: (847) 680-9492.
  9. WorkKeys Program–Reading for Information Forms A01AA, A02AA, C01AA & D10AA; Applied Mathematics Forms A01BB, A02BB, C01BB, & D01BB.Passing scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as follows: Reading for Information–Forms A01AA (76), A02AA (75), C01AA (77) & D10AA (77); Applied Mathematics–Forms A01BB (73), A02BB (74), C01BB (73) & D01BB (73). Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person, telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: ACT, Inc., WorkKeys Development, Professional Development Services, 101 ACT Drive, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52243-0168. Contact: Dr. A. Candace Noble, Telephone: (319) 337-1296, Fax: (319) 337-1229. Electronic Access to This Document: You may view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: https://www.federalregister.gov/agencies/education-departmentTo use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) toll free, at 1-888-293-6498; or in the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512-1530.

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