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Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) 

Policy issued by the Department of Education wherein applicants for federal financial aid who had not completed a high school diploma or GED credential AND wish to enroll in a postsecondary institution are required to be tested for their ability to benefit from such aid.   The application process for federal financial aid begins once the applicant has passed an approved Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) test OR satisfactory completion of 6 credit hours that are applicable toward a degree or certificate offered by the institution.

Tests: Placement Table 

  •  ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills/Reading Comprehension/Arithmetic
  •  ASSET Writing Skills/Reading Skills/Numerical Skills
  •  COMPASS Writing Skills/Reading Skills/PreAlgebra

Locations:   ATB Test Sites

Bristol Bay Campus 

Chukchi Campus Chukchi Campus 

Interior-Aleutians Campus 

Kuskokwim Campus   

Northwest Campus 

Tanana Valley Campus 

Testing Services 

Fee: Free

Note: See Ability-to-Benefit (ATB)  for information concerning retest policy, accommodations, and passing scores.   Students must bring the Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) Form with them to the testing site.      


Test results from the ACT (preferred) or SAT must be received before students can be admitted into a bachelor’s degree program, and test results must be less than two years old. This requirement will be waived if students have successfully completed, with a grade of C or better, the equivalent of 3 credits of 100-level math and 100-level English composition from a regionally accredited institution of higher education within the last two years.              Students with less than a 3.0 overall high school gpa must have an 18 or higher on the ACT Composite or 1290 SAT total (including writing section).

International Students

Students on an F-1 visa are required to submit scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam unless English is the primary language of their country of origin (i.e., Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia or Canada [except Quebec]). English proficiency may be demonstrated by passing the TOEFL with a minimum score of 80 (Internet-based exam), or 213 (computer-based exam), or 550 (paper-based exam) or Passing the IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5.

Advanced Placement (AP) 

College Board...”High school students may earn college credit and advanced placement on any of 33 tests.”  

Tests: See AP tests and qualifying scores for UAF 


Not available at UAF

Fee: N/A

Note:   Credit awarded is NOT considered UAF residence credit.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) 

College Board...“Provides students with the opportunity to receive college credit for what they already know by earning qualifying scores on any of 24 examinations.”   

Tests: See CLEP exams and qualifying scores for UAF

Locations: CLEP SAT Test Sites 

Eielson Air Force Base 

Testing Services 

Fee: $97 ($72 for military)

Note: Credit awarded is NOT considered UAF residence credit.

Library Competency Examination 

Library Information and Research competency is part of the Core Curriculum requirements needed for graduation.   The   exam   is designed to test or verify a student’s existing knowledge of standard library functions, services, and organization.   There is no study guide for this exam.   A student should possess a basic understanding of how to identify and locate library materials and information on a research topic using library catalogs, journal indexes and Internet resources.

Locations: ACT BYU Library Test Site

Testing Services 

Blackboard if outside of Fairbanks

Fee: $25

Note:   Credit is NOT awarded for passing the exam.   However, a note will be entered on the

student transcript indicating the Library & Information Skills component of the Core has been met.

Non-English Language Placement

Alaska Native Language

After completing the Alaska Native Language course in which a student was placed (above 101) and earning a “B” grade (3.0) or higher, a student may ask to receive credit for the two immediately preceding prerequisite courses (if any).

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Students may receive up to 16 credits in French, German, or Spanish.

Tests: French, German, Spanish

Location: CLEP SAT Test Sites

Eielson Air Force Base

Testing Services                      

Fee: $97 ($82 for military)

BYU Foreign Language Achievement Tests (FLATS) 

Students may receive up to 12 credit hours in any of 54 languages, designed to test listening, reading, and grammar.

Tests: 54 languages


Testing Services 

Fee: $40

Note: Students may not receive credit for French, German, or Spanish through FLATS (see CLEP above).