Testing is required of all adult students and postsecondary students enrolling in a technical program of 450 hours or more. This assessment must be completed prior to enrollment or within six weeks of initial enrollment. This examination is designed to assess students’ skill level in reading, math and language.

Basic skills assessment at the First Coast Technical College shall be accomplished utilizing the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) or the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) as approved for use by the Florida Department of Education. Testing is scheduled through registration by telephone or in person. Students must meet the testing standards for their technical program before they can receive a certificate or enter into a Co-op program. High school students, except for dual-enrollment students, are exempt from testing as they continue to receive their academic instruction at their high school. If they continue in a technical course after completing high school, they must be tested within six weeks of reaching adult status, if they have not previously been tested. Adult students who have an Associate in Arts Degree or higher, are exempt from the assessment.

To view TABE requirements by Program please visit each program page under Programs of Study.

To help you prepare for the TABE test be sure to visit: