For students without a high school diploma or GED, the Ability to Benefit tests (Accuplacer ATB and the Combined English Language Skills Assessment - CELSA) are used to determine eligibility for financial aid. Only students who were enrolled in an eligible degree program at CCD prior to July 1, 2012, are eligible to take these exams. Other students seeking eligibility for financial aid must take the GED or HiSET for high school equivalency.
Accuplacer ATB is a computer-based test consisting of three (3) sections: reading, English, and math.
CELSA is a paper/pencil test that consists of 75 multiple-choice questions.
Candidates must first visit the financial aid office to determine whether they are eligible to take the Accuplacer ATB exam or the CELSA exam. Proof of eligibility must be presented upon check-in for your appointment. Please schedule your appointment at least 24 hours in advance (please note: this link will take you to an external scheduling website).
A valid government-issued photo ID is required. Upon request, an additional form of identification must be shown.
There is a $10 fee for the Accuplacer ATB or CELSA exam, payable during check-in at the Testing Center.
One retake is permitted within a three-month period and must be taken at least two weeks after the first attempt. Retesting carries a $10 fee.