TABE Testing Information

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Most students applying for admission to specific Postsecondary Adult Vocational Certificate (P.A.V.) must complete a basic skills examination within the first six weeks after beginning classes in the program in accordance with State Administrative Code.

EFSC uses the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), a norm-referenced test designed to assess student mastery of basic academic skills in reading, writing and math. Initial test administrations done in the campus Testing offices will be administered by computer.  The test consists of four timed sections: Reading (50 minutes); Math computation (24 minutes without the use of a calculator); Applied Math (50 minutes with a calculator permitted); and Language (55 minutes). EFSC does not require the Spelling section of the test. By using the Online Version of the TABE, a student may progress through the subtests at their own pace, up to the maximum time allotments.

TABE assessment includes use of thinking skills across content areas. Going beyond recall of facts, many items require the examinee to analyze situations, make interpretations, look for connections, synthesize information, predict outcomes and generate ideas. Scores are expressed as High School Grade Equivalency and as a scaled score (expressed as the value of actual number correct out of total possible). Scores are valid for two years from the test date until the date a student enters a program of study and remain valid with continuous enrollment. Eastern Florida offers resources for preparing and also a remediation process available through Vocational and Career Education Academic Support.

Minimum basic skill levels in math, language and reading are defined in each vocational program description.

 TABE 2016 – 2017 BASIC SKILLS GRADE LEVEL REQUIREMENTS
Exit From PSAV Programs For Students Starting Fall Term 2016

PROGRAM  CODE      AREA LEVELS 
    READ MATH LANG
Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, & Heating Technology AIR2 9 10 9
Automotive Service Technology AUT2 9 10 9
Aviation Airframe Mechanics ACAM 10 10 9
Aviation Powerplant Mechanics APPM 10 10 9
Commercial Foods & Culinary Arts CUL2 9 9 9
Cosmetology COS2 9 8 8
Dental Assisting Technology & Management (ATD) DATD 10 10 10
Practical Nursing LPN2 11 11 11
Welding Technology WEL2 9 9 9

NOTE: Students enrolled in programs of 450 hours or more that require a state, national, or industry licensure for employment must be initially tested. If upon program completion, the student documents passage of the licensure exam, the basic skills exit requirement is waived.

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