Attention: All students who need to retest in TABE

TABE Versions A9 & A10 are retiring December 2018

Effective December 31, 2018, the TABE A9 or A10 version you may have tested in previously is being retired. The new generation of TABE, versions 11 and 12, are substantially different and cannot be used to retest students who have TABE 9 or TABE 10 scores that do not meet the basic skill exit requirement levels.

TABE 9 and TABE 10 will retire December 31. Eastern Florida State College closes for Winter Break on Thursday, December 13, 2018.

When we return in January 2019, retesting in the older version will not be possible.

This means that if you have not passed any sub-tests of the current TABE by December 13, 2018, you will have to “start over” and take the new test. If you do not pass any sub-tests in the old version, you will have to test again in the new version and remediate under the new guidelines.

If you are a CTC program student and have not met your Basic Skill Level program requirement, call the testing office to schedule your TABE test or meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss your options today!

Campus Testing Office Contacts

Cocoa: 321-433-7354
Melbourne: 321-433-5585
Palm Bay: 321-433-5278
Titusville: 321-433-5418

Beginning January 2, 2019 all CTC program students will be tested, and if needed retested, in the TABE 11/12.   


TABE Testing Information

Girl on ComputerEFSC 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.Most students applying for admission to specific Career and Technical Certificate (C.*T.C.) programs (formerly known as Postsecondary Adult Vocational Certificate programs) must complete a basic skills examination within the first six weeks after beginning classes in the program in accordance with State Administrative Code.

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. View EFSC Testing Center locations and the assessments offered at each.

Exit From Career and Technical Certificate (CTC) Programs For Students Starting Fall Term 201839

PROGRAM  CODE      9/10 Grade Equivalency 11/12 Scaled Score
Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, & Heating Technology AIR2 9 10 9 576 627 584
Aviation Airframe Mechanics ACAM 10 10 9 597 627 584
Aviation Powerplant Mechanics APPM 10 10 9 597 627 584
Cosmetology COS2 9 8 8 576 577 572
Dental Assisting (ATD) DATD 10 10 10 597 627 608
Pharmacy Technician (ATD) PHTD 10 11 10 597 657 608
Practical Nursing LPN2 11 11 11 617 657 631
Welding Technology WEL2 9 9 9 576 596 584

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