Test Center

The Test Center is located on the FCTC Main Campus in Building A. Testing is scheduled by appointment only. Please refer to the June Test Center Calendar and July Calendar.

To schedule your test, please email  FCTC Testing Coordinator or call (904) 547-3390. Our summer hours are 11 AM – 3 PM. Please leave a message with your phone number and email and your call will be returned within 1 business day.

  • Open test start times: 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM
  • Evening start time: 3:30 PM, 5:30PM
  • Retests are scheduled every half hour during these hours
  • Students must bring a  valid, government issued photo ID  with them in order to test
  • Students who arrive more than 15 minutes past their start time will not be allowed to test until the next available start time
  • Please request any approved accommodations at the time of scheduling

Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is required of all adult students and postsecondary students enrolling in a technical program of 450 hours or more.  The TABE tests your abilities in reading, math, and English, as you’ll apply them in the workforce or classroom.

TABE Score Requirements by Program

What is the TABE?

TABE is a diagnostic test used to determine a person’s skill levels and aptitudes. Although there’s no such thing as passing or failing the TABE test, your score can determine your eligibility for many programs that can have a positive effect on your life situation. It’s important to be prepared for the test.

  • If you are a GED bound student, the TABE test is used for placement purposes in adult education programs. Your scores on the assessment will let us know where to begin your instruction in class.
  • If you are a student entering a technical studies program, the TABE test is used to demonstrate basic skill level achievement as required by the Florida Department of Education.

What to Expect on the TABE

  • Day 1: Locator and Language
    Locator: The first part of the test you will take is a “locator” which is used to assess your ability in each subject area. The locator will determine the appropriate level of the TABE to give you in each subject.

    • Reading: 40 minutes
    • Mathematics Part 1: 15 minutes
    • Mathematics Part 2: 15 minutes
    • Language: 25 minutes
      • Once you have completed the locator test you will take the language test. You will have 85 minutes to complete 40 questions.
  • Day 2: Math and Reading
    • Math: The math section of the test is broken into two parts. You will have 75 minutes to complete 40 questions total between the two sections. Some levels of the math test allow resources such as a calculator, ruler, etc. All tools are provided for you on screen. Hand-held tools will not be allowed.
    • Reading: You will have 120 minutes to complete 47 questions.

Tips for Taking TABE

  • Be positive and do your best.
  • Relax, it’s normal to be somewhat nervous before taking a test. Don’t worry!
  • Read the directions for each test section carefully.
  • Plan your time well. Each test section is timed. Do not spend too much time on any one test question. If it takes too long to answer a question, skip it and return to it later, if time permits. First respond to all questions of which you are certain of the answer.
  • Before answering a question, be sure you know what is being asked. For example, a test question might say, “Which of these is not an even number?” If you read the question too quickly, you may miss the word not and answer incorrectly.
  • Do not read into a question something that is not there. There are no trick questions.
  • Trust your instincts. When rechecking, change an answer only when you are sure that your first answer choice was wrong.
  • If you are not sure how to answer a question, rule out answer choices that you know are incorrect. Then mark your best guess.
  • Remember that the score you will receive on TABE is only one way to measure your skills. TABE will show you the skills you have now and those you need to learn.

You cannot fail TABE!

Practicing for the TABE

The following sites offer practice tests and online tutorials to help you prepare for the TABE test:

TEAS

  • Please bring your ATI account login and password information with you to test. The test proctors do not have access to this information!
  • The test consists of 170 questions
  • You will have 3 hours and 29 minutes to take the full test
  • The test is broken down as follows:
    • Reading: 58 minutes, 48 questions
    • Mathematics: 51 minutes, 34 questions
    • Science: 66 minutes, 54 questions
    • English and Language Usage: 34 minutes, 34 questions
  • Free practice tests are available at: https://www.test-guide.com/free-teas-practice-tests.html
  • There is a 10 minute break allowed after the math test
  • Any other breaks are considered unscheduled and will count against your total time
  • Your results will be available immediately.
    • The passing score is a 55%.
  • Retesting Policy:
    • For scores between 50%-54.9%, you must wait 30 days to retest. For scores below 50% you must wait 90 days to retest.Test scores are valid for two years.
  • Special Accommodations:
    • Students wanting to request special accommodations on the TEAS must submit a request to the testing department and program specialist at least 30 days in advance. Please note, a student’s need for accommodations is determined case-by-case, and therefore this assistance is not guaranteed.

Wonderlic

The Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam is a cognitive ability test that was created to evaluate prospective applicants’ learning abilities, adaptive abilities, problem solving and instruction-following capabilities. A sample test can be found at: http://www.wonderlictestprep.com/cognitive-ability-test/practice-test/

  • The exam consists of 50 questions to be completed in 12 minutes.
  • Scores are calculated by the number of correct answers. Every question is valued the same regardless of its placement or difficulty.
  • Students wishing to study EMT, Firefighter, or EMT/Fire combo must earn a score of at least 15 on the Wonderlic to be considered for the program.
  • Pricing:
    • The cost to test is $20. This fee applies to a student’s initial test, as well as any necessary retests. The student must return to registration to pay for a retest before they will be allowed to take the assessment again in testing.
  • Retesting Policy:
    • Students may take the Wonderlic assessment a maximum of four times. After the initial test, a student may choose to retest that same day, if necessary, but must wait 30 minutes in between start times. If a second retest is necessary, the student must wait one week from the date of their last test. If a final retest is needed, the student must wait 30 days from the date of their last test.
  • Special Accommodations:
    • Students wanting to request special accommodations on the Wonderlic assessment must submit a request to the testing department at least 30 days in advance. Please note, because of the unique nature of the test, Wonderlic assesses a student’s need for accommodations on a case-by-case basis, and therefore this assistance is not guaranteed.

CASAS

The CASAS test is given to ESOL students wanting to enroll in English Language courses.

  • The test is 2 parts:
    • Reading test- 1 hour
    • Listening test- about 1 hour *HEADPHONES PROVIDED FOR THIS SECTION*
  • You will need to enter your first and last name before starting your test.
  • When finished, you will take your scores to registration to be enrolled in English classes.

Pearson Vue Tests

All scheduling for Pearson VUE tests, including the GED, must be done through the Pearson VUE website. https://home.pearsonvue.com/

  • Each Pearson VUE test will have its own rules, allowances, and ID requirements based on the test sponsor. Please refer to the website for questions on what is needed and allowed during testing for your particular exam.
  • For students under the age of 18 who want to take the GED, please refer to the GED age waiver policy.