Postsecondary college applicants who have not earned a high school diploma or GED must achieve passing scores established by the federal government on an approved test to qualify for admission to Bossier Parish Community College. The Reading, Writing Skills, and Pre-Algebra placement tests in ACT's COMPASS® program are on the U.S. Department of Education's most recent list of approved ATB tests. The assessment measures established by the federal government as showing “ability to benefit” are as follows: a COMPASS score of 25 on Pre-Algebra/Numerical Skills; 32 on Writing Skills; and 62 on Reading Skills. The student is evaluated on the demonstration of at least the minimum score on all three tests in a single testing experience. BPCC uses these tests to qualify applicants for admission.
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According to Department of Education new regulations concerning Title IV funding, effective with the 2012-2013 award year, new students who do not have a high school diploma or an equivalent such as a GED, and who did not complete secondary school in a homeschool setting may not be eligible to receive Title IV funds. Such students would no longer become eligible by passing an approved “Ability to Benefit” test.
However, students who are enrolled in an eligible educational program of study and are enrolled in classes that begin prior to July 1, 2012 may continue to be considered Title IV eligible under the ATB test standard.
BPCC is committed to providing educational access to all students; therefore, the College provides GED preparation to students who do not have a high school diploma or a GED. For further information, contact the GED Project Coordinator, Workforce Development at 318-678-6405.
For additional information regarding the Ability-to-Benefit test (ATB), contact the Academic Planning Coordinator, in the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor of Instruction and Planning at 318-678-6335.