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TABE - Test of Adult Basic Education


About TABE:

TABE is a test of basic skills in reading, mathematics, and language at all levels.  The test is designed to assess skills in the contexts that are most important to adults:  life skills, work, and education.  TABE’s objectives are fully integrated, providing a complete picture of adult performance. TABE provides both norm-referenced and competency-based information to help you plan for individual, educational, and training needs.


TABE Study Guides:




TABE meets the Florida State requirements for an entry-level examination within the first six weeks of admission to a Workforce Development Program. 


Test Components:

The TABE has three sections:  reading, math and language. The TABE is a computerized test and each subtest is timed. Students should be prepared for the testing session to last approximately two to three hours.

  • Reading
    • Comprehension
    • Vocabulary
  • Math
    • Fractions
    • Decimals
    • Percent
    • Pre-Algebra
    • Word Problems
  • Language
    • Usage
    • Sentence Formation
    • Paragraph Development
    • Capitalization
    • Punctuation
    • Conventional Writing
    • Spelling



The cost for the TABE for students enrolled in or seeking enrollment in a Chipola Workforce Development program is $11.50. For all other examinees, there is a fee of $18.50 to take the TABE. Payment must be made when the testing appointment is made throught RegisterBlast.


Retest Policy:

A student must wait 90 days before retaking the TABE. Chipola WFD students may register for remediation in reading, math and/or language if they score below the required exit score for the program in which they are enrolled. Once the remediation assignments have been completed, the student may retest. Scores are good for two years.


Test Schedule:   

The TABE is offered Monday-Thursday throughout the year. Students should schedule an appointment on RegisterBlast. Seating is limited and test appointments must be made at least 24 hours prior to the desired testing date,      


Location:  Testing Center, Building A, Room 149


Workforce Development TABE Score Requirements: Test requirements for Program Entrance/Completion TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) Level A


Program Reading Math Language
Automotive Service Technology 9.00 10.0 9.00
Cosmetology 10.0 10.0 10.0
Fire Fighting 10.0 10.0 10.0
Patient Care Assistant 10.0 10.0 10.0
Welding 9.0 9.0 9.0



A student may be exempt from taking the TABE if he/she:

  • Has earned an A.A., A.S., higher degree, or

  • Has a minimum passing score on the standardized test (ACT, SAT-I, PERT, TABE) not over 2 years old, or

  • Has successfully completed college level English and math, or

  • Has completed college preparatory courses with a “C” grade or higher


Contact Information:

Testing Center, Building A Room 149

Phone:  850-718-2284

Fax:  850-718-2357

Last revision: August 29, 2018

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