ACCUPLACER is an exam given to all matriculated and ESL (English as a Second Language) students entering a degree or certificate program unless you have been waived from the placement test.
English speaking students are tested in Elementary Algebra, Arithmetic, Reading Comprehension and WritePlacer. ESL Students who are dominant in a language other than English are tested in Elementary Algebra, Arithmetic as well as Reading Skills, Language Use, Sentence Meaning and ESL Listening, ESL WritePlacer. The entire test takes approximately two (2) hours to complete. The ESL ACCUPLACER for students whose dominant language is not English may be slightly longer due to the additional tests.
If a student has a physical or mental impairment that requires testing accommodations, she/he must schedule an intake interview with the campus counselor for students with disabilities. The student must provide documentation that indicates the need for accommodations or modifications. During the interview, the counselor determines what accommodations, if any, are appropriate. Only those students who have been interviewed by the counselor for students with disabilities will be permitted to take an accommodated test. Dates and times for accommodated tests vary from campus to campus. For additional information, please contact the Student Access Center office at the campus you plan to attend.
All New York State residents who have a foreign high school diploma are required to meet the New York State Ability to Benefit (ATB) standards in order to be eligible for the state's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).
To take the Ability to Benefit (ATB) test at SUNY Erie, you must meet the following three requirements:
Minimum passing ATB scores: ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension 55, Sentence Skills 60 and Arithmetic 34 or CELSA (ESOL) 97 and ACCUPLACER Arithmetic 34.
You can sit for an Ability to Benefit test during any scheduled ACCUPLACER test-no appointment is required. Within any three-month period, ATB candidates are permitted an initial test and one retest. There must be a two-week waiting period between the initial test and the retest. Students should be encouraged to use the two-week waiting period for study and review of test content areas in which they did not obtain a passing score.