Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)

Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
The TABE tests your abilities in reading, math and language, as you’ll apply them in the workforce or classroom.

Score Requirements

What is the TABE?

TABE is a diagnostic test used to determine a person’s skill levels and aptitudes. The TABE tests your abilities in reading, math and language, as you’ll apply them in the workforce or classroom. 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.

  • If you are a GED bound student, the TABE language test is used for placement purposes in adult education programs. Your score on the assessment will let us know where to begin your instruction in class.

What to Expect on the TABE

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

  • You will be given the following amount of time for each locator section:
    • Language: 25 minutes

Language: You will have 60 minutes to complete 40 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: