TABE Testing Information
The Test of Adult Basic Education tests skills and aptitudes 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 play a role in your eligibility for many programs, and you will need to achieve a state-required basic skill level, as measured by the TABE, in order for you to graduate from many career programs, unless you qualify for an exception.
EFSC uses the TABE 11/12 Level A Complete Battery for certain Career and Technical Certificate (CTC) programs and for admissions points to some limited access programs. Test administration is computer based and performed in the Campus Testing offices by appointment only.
TABE 11/12 is aligned with College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards and complies
with today's rigorous Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) regulations.
In accordance with State Administrative Code, students enrolled in CTC programs that require TABE must complete testing within the
first six weeks after beginning classes in the program. That mandate allows sufficient time for remediation and retesting before graduation for students who do not meet the basic skill levels outlined in
the chart below.
TABE 11/12 content stresses the integration and application of instructional skills in contexts meaningful to adult learners. Literacy is a key for adult learners. TABE 11/12 measures it in these three key types: Foundational Skills, Literary Texts, and Informational Texts. Scores are expressed as scaled scores (the value of the actual number correct out of the possible total). 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 Career and Technical Program Academic Support.
Minimum basic skill levels in math, language and reading are defined in each vocational program description and listed in the chart below.
TABE 2019 – 2020 BASIC SKILLS SCORE REQUIREMENTS
Exit from Career Certificate Programs for Clock-Hour Students from July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020
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|
|Central Sterile Processing Technology||CSPT||9||9||9||576||596||584|
|Dental Assisting (ATD)||DATD||10||10||10||597||627||608|
|Pharmacy Technician (ATD)||PHTD||10||11||10||597||657||608|
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.