In keeping with the mission of the Alabama Community College System, applicants with less than a high school diploma or GED® may be admitted to courses not creditable toward an associate degree or programs comprised exclusively of courses not creditable toward an associate degree, provided they meet the following criteria:

  • Are at least 16 years of age: AND
  • Have not been enrolled in secondary education for at least one calendar year; AND
  • Have specifically documented ability to benefit appropriate scores on the ACCUPLACER® OR
  • Hold the Alabama Occupational Diploma, the high school diploma of another state equivalent to the Alabama Occupational Diploma, or an equivalent diploma issued by a nonpublic high school, and have not achieved a minimum ACT® score of 16 or a minimum SAT ®score of 790 on critical reading and math.
  • Examinees must meet with an Advisor in the Admissions Office prior to registering to take the Ability to Benefit test.

Educational programs composed exclusively of courses not creditable toward an associate degree and are available to the general public include Cabinetmaking/Carpentry, Salon & Spa Management, Salon & Spa Management – Esthetics, Salon & Spa Management – Nail Technology,  and Welding Technology.

Ability to Benefit (ATB) Test Score Chart

Effective October 2020

Test Module Required Passing Score Maximum Score


233 300




Writing 235



ATB Test Preparation Resources

How long do the tests take?

The tests are untimed. Students should allow at least an hour and a half for each test module (i.e. Reading, Arithmetic, and Writing average total time four and a half hours). Please arrive on time. Latecomers will not be admitted.

What should I bring to the test?

Students MUST show valid photo identification in order to test. Acceptable forms of ID are: unexpired Driver’s License or State ID, Passport, Military ID

What should I not bring to the test?

All electronic devices (i.e. cellphones, tablets and/or smart watches) are not permitted. Such devices must be completely turned off and put away until the test has ended. No food or beverages are permitted in the testing sessions, but are allowed during breaks in between test modules. Class notes/individual scrap paper are not allowed.

After completing the test

Students will receive test scores immediately after finishing the test:

  • Students that do not pass the test the first time are eligible to retest as soon as 14 days from the date of the initial test. If you do not pass the tests again, you are required to wait at least 90 days from the date of the initial test. For the subsequent retests, you are permitted to retest no sooner than 30 days after. What does my score mean?
  • Request a copy of my score report

Testing Locations & Dates

To ensure seating capacity individuals must register to take the Ability to Benefit test.  Walk-ins are not permitted.  Times are subject to change.  The Testing Centers follow all college policies regarding holidays and inclement weather.


Dothan Campus
1141 Wallace Drive
Dothan, AL 36303
Gary Hall, Room 145

Dothan Campus Map

Click here for dates/time and to register


Sparks Campus – Eufaula
3235 South Eufaula Avenue
Eufaula, AL 36027

Administrative Building, Room 1
Sparks Campus Map

Click here for dates/time and to register

Any examinee who has a documented disability should contact Disability Support Services at respective campuses two weeks prior to registered testing date.