The ability to benefit test is required for students who wish to apply for title
IV federal financial aid, but do not possess a United States high-school diploma
or a GED certificate. There are seven official versions of ability to benefit
test, which are each administered and scored by different independent
undertakings, all of which have been approved by the U.S. Department of
Education. A separate ability to benefit ESL test is required for students who
do not have a high school diploma or GED, who wish to receive federal financial
aid to an ESL program.
1. Find out which version of the ability to benefit test your school or program
use the contact at the school's financial aid or student life Office. There are
seven official versions of ability to benefit test and each test has different
passing scores. Asset program requires a reading score of 25, a written score of
35 and a numerical score of 33 to pass. The CPAT test requires a language score
of 42, a reading score of 43 and a numerical score of 41 to pass. COMPASS test
requires a 25 in pre-algebra/numeric, a 62 in reading and writing to pass the
32. The CELSA requires a score of 90 on both CELSA form 1 and form 2 to pass.
CPT/ACCUPLACER test requires a 55 in reading comprehension, sentence skills 60
and 34 in math to pass. The DTLS test requires a 108 in 9 in reading
comprehension, sentence structure, 309 in conventions written English and 506 in
math to pass. The WBST test requires a verbal score of 200 and a quantitative
score of 210 to pass. Passing or better score is necessary for test participants
to be eligible to receive federal financial aid.
2. Collect as many resources as you can study specific to ABT test version, you
will need to take. Free sample ability to take tests is often available online
from educational programs and institutions that use test to assess candidates '
eligibility for financial aid. Sample questions are also available online.
Inquire at your school's financial aid office about ability to benefit
preparation materials they have available, either in paper form or online. Study
guides for the ability to benefit test in general are hard to find; But each
publisher of the eight different ABT tests have a study guide for their specific
test available. Look instead for an ACCUPLACER or COMPASS exam study guide
instead of teaching you to pass the test.
3. Take a complete diagnostic test before you begin to study for the actual
exam. Do the diagnostic test without any prior preparation, so you can see what
your weaknesses and strengths are, and find out what your score in the starting
point is. During a diagnostic test will help to focus your study sessions and
designate special areas, you need to master.
4. Establish a study schedule, leaving you ample time to master the test before
you sit the real exam. Begin to prepare for the test at least six months before
your exam, and ideally a year earlier. Set aside as much time as possible each
week to study for the test. For example, you can study for two hours on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays, and in four hours in total on the weekend. Write down
your schedule and motivate yourself to stick to it using a system of rewards.
5. Get a study buddy. If you know someone else who will take the ability to
benefit test, schedule time with him or her to study together at a coffee shop
or at the library. If you do not know of any, post an ad for your
local business site or your school's classified ads website or student activities
Board, called your goal to find a study partner.
6. Take full practice tests. The ability to benefit test is untimed but you
should devote at least two hours to sit a practice test. Use only with practice
tests, which have been published by the official testing company, and that has
been used in the past as a real ability to take tests. You can find the entire
books of ability to benefit test in University or book stores or on online book
retailers such as Amazon. Take a full practice tests once a week in the last
four to six weeks before the exam, and every two or three weeks before that.
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