Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) Examination

California Education Code (CEC) §94811 defines an ability-to-benefit (ATB) student as a student who does not have a certificate of graduation from a school providing secondary education, or a recognized equivalent of that certificate. Under CEC §94904 (a), an institution is required, prior to executing an enrollment agreement with an ATB student, to have the student take and pass an independently administered examination from the list of examinations prescribed by the United States Department of Education (USDE).

A list of approved ATB examinations can be found here.

Alternative to the ATB Examination

CEC §94904(b) authorizes the Bureau to approve an alternative examination if the USDE does not have an approved examination relative to the intended occupational training provided by the institution. An institution seeking Bureau approval of an alternative to the ATB-test should submit, in writing, the proposed alternative test, evidence that the USDE-approved examinations are not relative to the intended occupational training, and evidence of the relation of the proposed test to the occupational training program.

Please send the request to:

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
Attn: Ability-to-Benefit Alternative Review
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818