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Ability-to-Benefit Students

Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) students are those who do not possess a high school diploma, GED, or recognized equivalent and are beyond the California State age of compulsory school attendance.

If ATB eligibility was established prior to July 1, 2012, the applicant will be required to provide such documentation. Certified, passing scores from the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (Wonderlic exam) or other US Department of Education recognized ATB eligibility exam are valid for five years. If eligibility is established, these students may apply for Title IV Financial Aid.

If ATB eligibility was not established prior to July 1, 2012, the applicant will not be eligible for Title IV Financial Aid and must pass the Wonderlic exam in order to be admitted.

All ATB students will undergo pre-admission advising prior to enrollment. An applicant who is not a high school graduate or the equivalent may apply for enrollment in the Medical Assistant, Dental Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, or Optical Technician programs only. However, if the student has not established ATB eligibility prior to July 1, 2012, they will be ineligible for Title IV aid if they choose to attend.

ATB testing is administered by a certified independent test administrator and is scored by the test publisher.  Student must provide a valid government issued ID card and a social security number prior to testing. ATB students may not begin classes until they have passed the ATB test as evidenced by an unofficial test report. ATB students will not be officially accepted until official passing scores have been received by the College from the publisher.

An ATB applicant who fails the Wonderlic exam must wait a minimum of 7 calendar days before retaking a second version of the Wonderlic exam. If the applicant fails both versions of the Wonderlic exam, the applicant must wait a minimum of 60 days from the date of the second attempt before re-applying for admission to the school.  Passing scores for the Wonderlic exam are valid for five years.


Students admitted on an Ability-to-Benefit basis must score the following minimums:

WONDERLIC Minimum Score
Verbal 200
Quantitative 210



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