ACCUPLACER is a comprehensive battery of tests designed to provide placement information about students’ English, reading, mathematics, and computer skills. The primary function of the ACCUPLACER assessments is to assist with determining if students are prepared for a college-level course.  ACCUPLACER tests are computer-adaptive and tailors the test to each student using an item-selection algorithm based on a weighted deviations model. SFSC uses Accuplacer for College Level Math (CLM) and Ability-to-Benefit (ATB).

College Level Math (CLM) Test

This exam consists of 20 questions that will measure a students’ ability to solve problems that involve college-level mathematics concepts in six areas: Algebraic Operations; Solutions of Equations and Inequalities; Coordinated Geometry; Applications and Other Algebra Topics; Functions; and Trigonometry. This test is untimed; however, one hour should be set aside for the administration of this test.

Ability to Benefit Test (ABT)

All applicants applying for Federal Financial Aid for post-secondary education must show ability to benefit from a college education. Students without a high school diploma, GED or equivalent can show ability to benefit by receiving qualifying scores on an Ability-to-Benefit Test (ATB) test. This test is untimed; however, three hours should be set aside for the administration of this test.



All CLM and ATB exams are given by appointment only and requires at least 24 hours advanced notice. To schedule an appointment, click on “Schedule Your Test” above. To take the CLM or ATB exam, you must meet with an advisor before you schedule an appointment.  Once you have met with an advisor, contact your desired SFSC testing location to determine their specific CLM or ATB testing times and to schedule your appointment.

Exam Day

On the day of your exam, bring in a valid form of government-issued photo identification. If you do not present a valid ID, your test will be rescheduled. Valid forms of ID are:

  • A current driver’s license
  • A high school ID
  • A college ID
  • A current state or federal ID card
  • A current passport
  • A tribal ID card
  • A naturalization card or certificate of citizenship

Arrive at least 15 minutes before your testing appointment.

Store electronic devices and personal items in a secure locker at the testing center.

Children and guests are not allowed in the testing area. Children may not be left unattended at the Testing Center or other areas of the college while you take your exam.


If there is a fee associated with the CLM or ATB exam, you will be required to pay it on exam day. The fee structure is as follows:

  • No fee for SFSC students taking the exan for the first time. (The cost is covered by the SFSC student application fee.)
  • $5, for SFSC students retaking the exam
  • $25, for test-takers who are not SFSC students
  • $10, for non-SFSC students who are retaking the exam


CLM: If you need to retake the CLM, you must wait 30 days between administrations, participate in some form of remediation, and obtain a referral from Advising and Counseling.

ATB: Students who do not receive qualifying scores on their ATB test are eligible for one re-test. Students who wish to re-test must wait a minimum of two weeks to allow time for study and review. The retest does not change course placements.  Students who do not qualify on the retest will be advised of their options.

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