Get Back to the Basics, Then Moving Forward Faster and Smarter.
Prior to registering in many of the Orange County Public Schools Career and Technical Education programs of study, some tests must be taken and passed—it is school, after all.
TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education)
The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a timed battery of tests covering reading, math and language skills and is required by the Florida Department of Education for many GED-prep and career courses.
Testing Waiver Technical students can be waived with original documentation of an Associate in Applied Science degree or higher (AAS, ATD, AS, AA, BA, BS, etc.) from an accredited U.S. institution.
During testing do your best because retesting opportunities are limited and available only with counselor approval. Refresh your skills prior to testing. On test day, dress to accommodate a range of room temperatures – and don’t come hungry. Most importantly, be sure to read all test directions!
What can I expect on the TABE test?
Your reading, math and language skills will be assessed.
Reading is primarily comprehension skills:
- Demonstrate understanding of information presented in graphic formats (maps, signs, graphs, consumer materials).
- Understand words in context.
- Understand the literal meaning of a passage.
- Identify the main idea.
- Draw conclusions.
- Recognize cause and effect.
- Demonstrate critical understanding by making predictions, distinguishing between fact and opinion, transferring ideas to other situations and identifying the author’s purpose.
Math includes two sections:
- Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division of whole numbers, decimals, fractions, integers (positive and negative numbers), percents
- Order of operations
- Algebraic Operations involving exponents, roots; solve equations; simplify expressions
Applied Mathematics: (word problems format; calculator can be used in this section only)
- Numbers and number operations
- Computation in context
- Geometry and spatial sense
- Data analysis
- Statistics and probability
- Patterns, functions, algebra
- Problem solving and reasoning
- Appropriate use of parts of speech
- Sentence formation
- Paragraph development
- Writing conventions (quotation marks, apostrophes and letter parts)