Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE)

The TABE assessment is an academic assessment that measures the skills and knowledge of adult learners in the areas of reading, mathematics, and language. A Preparing for the TABE (PDF) brochure is provided by the State of Florida for students and educators.

All persons entering Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Adult Education or Career Certificate programs of 450 clocks hours or more are required to take the TABE. Career Certificate students may exempt the TABE if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Students who have earned a college degree at the associate of applied science (A.A.S.) level or higher
  2. Students who have successfully completed developmental education requirements (REA 0017 or REA0022, ENC 0025 or ENC0022, MAT 0028 or MAT0022) (Students will be exempt from placement testing and basic skills exit examination in the subject area(s) in which they had successfully completed developmental education requirements)
  3. Students who have successfully completed a college-credit English (e.g., ENC 1101) or math (MAT 1033) course with a grade of “C” or higher (Students will be exempt from placement testing and basic skills exit examination only in the subject area(s) in which they had successfully completed a college-credit course.)
  4. Students who have passed a state or national industry certification or licensure examination identified in State Board of Education rules and aligned to the career education program in which the student is enrolled. To find out if your certification or licensure examination qualifies, please click the following link https://www.fldoe.org/academics/career-adult-edu/career-tech-edu/program-resources.stml
  5. Adult students enrolled in an apprenticeship program that is registered with the Department of Education
  6. Test scores as indicated in the table below. All scores must be less than two years old in order to be used to exempt TABE testing requirements.

ACT

SAT

PERT

Accuplacer

English 17

Language 25

Writing 103

Writing 245

Math 19

Math 24

Math 114

QAS 245

Reading 19

Reading Lang 24

Reading Comp 106

Reading 245

 

Contact the nearest assessment and certification center to request an exemption.

It depends upon the program you are entering. Persons desiring to enter Florida State College at Jacksonville’s adult education program should contact the nearest campus adult education program to make arrangements for the TABE assessment. Persons entering workforce credit certificate programs may schedule an appointment to take the TABE for the first time by contacting the nearest assessment and certification center.

There is no fee for the TABE assessment for those persons entering a Florida State College at Jacksonville adult education or workforce credit certificate program.

Yes.The fee structure is as follows:

TABE Assessment for Non-FSCJ Students

TABE Proctoring Fee for Non-FSCJ

TABE + Locator

$84

TABE Without Locator

$69

TABE Language Only

$33

TABE Math Only

$33

TABE Reading Only

$48

Please call the campus assessment and certification center nearest you for additional information. Nonstudents are required to follow the same state retesting guidelines as Florida State College at Jacksonville students.

  • Adult Education--TABE scores are used to place students into academic courses that closely matches their current academic level. They are also used to academic progress after coursework is completed.
  • Career Certificate--Students enrolled in a Career Certificate program of 450 hours or more must complete basic skills assessment within 6 weeks after admission into the program. They must earn the minimum required TABE scores for their program prior to program completion.

You may retest after (a) three months or (b) upon completion of 50 hours of documented instruction at a Florida State College at Jacksonville review class. Nonstudents are required to follow the same state retesting guidelines as Florida State College at Jacksonville students.

There are several resources available to assist you in preparing for the TABE test:

  1. Go to the “Practice TABE Test” (PDF) as an excellent way to prepare the real test. Answers with explanations are provided at the end of the test.
  2. Review the practice sample items on the TABE test website.
  3. Access the Online Tools Training to become familiarized with the DRC INSIGHT platform.

Adult education student scores are distributed at new student orientation or sent to the referring instructor. All other persons are given their score reports at the end of their test session.

There is a $3 fee to obtain a duplicate copy of TABE scores. Contact any assessment and certification center to make arrangements for a duplicate copy of your scores.

Your TABE scores are good for two years at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Due to COVID, the TABE is administered remotely via Zoom. For additional information regarding remote testing visit: here

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