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Ability to Benefit (ATB)


You must fulfill the New York State Ability to Benefit (ATB) requirement if you have not earned at least one (1) of the following:

  • a US high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a GED,
  • a Home School Letter from your school district's superintendent,
  • a previous Bachelor's Degree, or
  • 24 earned college credits in the core classes as required by the New York State Education Department. Learn more →

The ATB regulation applies to all students who are first-time financial aid recipients in the 2006-2007 academic year or thereafter. As of summer 2008-09 academic year, students are required to take the ATB exam by the first day of classes in that given semester. Learn more →

How to Fulfill the ATB Requirement

You may fulfill the ATB requirement by taking the appropriate ATB test(s) and achieving the minimum cut scores as indicated below:

  • Score of 62 in COMPASS Reading
  • Score of 25 in COMPASS Math Part I: Pre-Algebra
  • Score of 32 in COMPASS Writing Objective

View available ATB Testing dates and register here →

Please note: You must have a valid Hunter ID to test. For more information about the exam, contact the Testing Center at

Location and Hours:

Hunter College Testing Center

695 Park Avenue, Room 150N

New York, NY 10065

Monday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (closed on Friday during the summer)

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