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The Secretary gives notice that he has approved the American College Testing Service (ACT) test as an "ability-to-benefit" (ATB) test. The ACT test consists of a test in English and a test in Math. The Secretary has approved the score of 14 as the passin

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Summary: The Secretary gives notice that he has approved the American College Testing Service (ACT) test as an "ability-to-benefit" (ATB) test. The ACT test consists of a test in English and a test in Math. The Secretary has approved the score of 14 as the passing score for the English test and the score of 15 as the passing score for the Math test.
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[Federal Register: October 27, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 207)]
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Part III





Department of Education





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List of Approved ``Ability-to-Benefit'' Tests and Passing Scores;
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


List of Approved ``Ability-to-Benefit'' Tests and Passing Scores

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Update Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary gives notice that he has approved the American
College Testing Service (ACT) test as an ``ability-to-benefit'' (ATB)
test. The ACT test consists of a test in English and a test in Math.
The Secretary has approved the score of 14 as the passing score for the
English test and the score of 15 as the passing score for the Math
test.

The Secretary has approved this test and passing score under the
authority of section 484(d) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as
amended (HEA) and the regulations the Secretary promulgated to
implement that section in 34 CFR Part 668, Subpart J. An institution
must use this test, or one of the other previously approved ATB tests
listed in this notice to determine if a student, who does not have a
high school diploma or its recognized equivalent, is eligible to
receive funds under any title IV, HEA program. The title IV, HEA
programs include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Family Education Loan,
William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal
Work-Study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and
State Student Incentive Grant programs.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lorraine Kennedy, U.S. Department of
Education, 600 Independence Avenue, SW, Regional Office Building 3,
Room 3045, Washington, DC 20202-5451, Telephone: (202) 708-8242.
Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339
between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an
alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding
paragraph.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Secretary is publishing this notice
because, under 34 CFR 668.145(c)(1), when the Secretary approves an ATB
test, the Secretary publishes the name of the test and the passing
scores on the test in the Federal Register.
The ACT test is approved for five-years, unless the Secretary
withdraws this approval or the publisher requests that approval of the
test be withdrawn. In either case, the Secretary will publish a notice
in the Federal Register indicating this change. For the convenience of
institutions participating in the title IV, HEA Programs and other
parties, the following is a listing of the nine approved ATB tests and
passing scores.
1. American College Testing (ACT): (English and Math)
Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as
follows: English (14) and Math (15).
Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person,
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: American College
Testing (ACT), Placement Assessment Programs, 2201 North Dodge Street,
P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52243, Contact: James Maxey, Telephone:
(319) 337-1100, Fax: (319) 337-1790.
2. ASSET Program: Basic Skills Tests (Reading, Writing, and
Numerical)--Forms B2 and C2.
Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as
follows: Reading (34), Writing (34), and Numerical (33).
Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person,
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: American College
Testing (ACT), Placement Assessment Programs, 2201 North Dodge Street,
P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52243, Contact: John D. Roth, Telephone:
(319) 337-1030, Fax: (319) 337-1790.
3. Career Programs Assessment (CPAT) Basic Skills Subtests
(Language Usage, Reading and Numerical)--Forms A, B, and C.
Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as
follows: Language Usage (43), Reading (44), and Numerical (42).
Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person,
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: American College
Testing (ACT), Placement Assessment Programs, 2201 North Dodge Street,
P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52243, Contact: John D. Roth, Telephone:
(319) 337-1030, Fax: (319) 337-1790.
4. COMPASS Subtests: Prealgebra/Numerical Skills Placement, Reading
Placement, and Writing Placement.
Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as
follows: Prealgebra/Numerical (21), Reading (60), and Writing (31).
Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person,
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: American College
Testing (ACT), Placement Assessment Programs, 2201 North Dodge Street,
P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52243, Contact: John D. Roth, Telephone:
(319) 337-1030, Fax: (319) 337-1790.
5. Computerized Placement Tests (CPTs)/Accuplacer (Reading
Comprehension, Sentence Skills, and Arithmetic).
Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as
follows: Reading Comprehension (52), Sentence Skills (60), and
Arithmetic (36).
Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person,
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: The College Board,
45 Columbus Avenue, New York, New York 10023-6992, Contact: Ms. Loretta
M. Church, Telephone: (212) 713-8000, Fax: (212) 713-8063.
6. Descriptive Tests: Descriptive Tests of Language Skills (DTLS)
(Reading Comprehension, Sentence Structure and Conventions of Written
English)--Forms M-K-3KDT and M-K-3LDT; and Descriptive Tests of
Mathematical Skills (DTMS) (Arithmetic)--Forms M-K-3KDT and M-K-3LDT.
Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as
follows: Reading Comprehension (108), Sentence Structure (9),
Conventions of Written English (309), and Arithmetic (506).
Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person,
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: The College Board,
45 Columbus Avenue, New York, New York 10023-6992, Contact: Ms. Loretta
M. Church, Telephone: (212) 713-8000, Fax: (212) 713-8063.
7. Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE): (Reading, Mathematics
Computation, Applied Mathematics Language, and Spelling)--Forms 5 and
6, Level A.
Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as
follows: Reading (768), Mathematics Computation (804), Applied
Mathematics Concepts and Applications (759), Language (714), and
Spelling (749).
Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person,
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: CTB/McGraw-Hill,
11301 Jollyville Road, Townhouse I-4, Austin, TX 78759, Contact: Ms.
Lorna Harrison, Telephone: (512) 349-7578, Fax: (512) 349-7580.
8. Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE): (Reading, Mathematics
Computation, Applied Mathematics Language, and Spelling--Forms 7 and 8,
Level A.
Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as
follows: Reading (559), Mathematics Computation (558), Applied

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Mathematics (559), Language (545), and Spelling (540).
Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person,
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: CTB/McGraw-Hill,
11301 Jollyville Road, Townhouse I-4, Austin, TX 78759, Contact: Ms.
Lorna Harrison, Telephone: (512) 349-7578, Fax: (512) 349-7580.
9. Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST)--Verbal Forms VS-1 & VS-2,
Quantitative Forms QS-1 & QS-2.
Passing scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as
follows: Verbal (200) and Quantitative (210).
Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person,
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: Wonderlic
Personnel Test, Inc., 1509 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL 60048-
1380, Contact: Mr. Victor S. Artese, Telephone: (800) 323-374, Fax:
(847) 680-9492.
Exception: Section 668.153 sets forth special provisions for
testing students whose native language is not English and who are not
fluent in English, and for students who have disabilities. None of
these tests have been approved for those purposes. Accordingly,
institutions may continue to make ATB eligibility determinations for
those types of students under the tests approved as of June 30, 1996.
Moreover, the administration of those tests will not be governed by the
provisions of 34 CFR Part 668, Subpart J.

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Dated: October 21, 1998.
David A. Longanecker,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
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