TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) Information

  • Florida Statutes (F.S. 1004.91) require students who enroll in a program offered for career credit of 450 hours or more to complete an entry-level examination. The examination is designed to assess student mastery of basic skills (in reading, language, and mathematics). The basic skills requirements for career education programs are exit requirements from those programs. Tutoring must be available to assist students in attaining the required basic skills levels. The tutoring may be provided concurrently with enrollment in the career education program, or, in certain cases (i.e., programs with waiting lists), prior to entry into the career education program.

    There are certain cases where a student may be exempt from the basic skills requirement (see below). All others are encouraged to contact Student Services for information on TABE testing as soon as they express interest in attending Erwin Technical College. The test results will help the program advisor in counseling the student and will provide the basis for individualized tutoring assistance offered through our Learning Center. Students who need tutoring to reach the basic skills requirement will be encouraged to register in our Learning Center as soon as possible after taking the TABE. For questions, please consult a program advisor or Student Services.

    Students are exempt from the TABE if they:

    • Entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, and earned a Florida standard high school diploma or a GED after 2014
    • Possess a college degree at the associate in applied science level or higher from an accredited post-secondary institution 
    • Are currently serving as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services
    • Attain an Industry Certification

    Any student who has been out of school for over a year is highly encouraged to take the TABE test to get an accurate assessment of their current academic skills

    TABE testing is REQUIRED for any student who:

    • Plans to obtain a GED
    • Needs remediation to be successful in the PSAV Programs
    • Does not meet the exemption criteria

    Cost:  MONEY ORDER, CREDIT AND DEBIT CARD PAYMENTS ONLY WILL BE ACCEPTED. (THERE IS A $5.00 CHARGE FOR A CREDT/DEBIT CARD PAYMENT)

    • When planning to obtain a GED the cost is included in the first semester payment of $55.00 
    • When needing remediation for PSAV Program, the payment is included in first semester remediation payment of $45.00

    Test times and information: 

    • Testing will be scheduled in student services when meeting with counselor
    • Students will be asked to pay ALL FEES IN FULL and then set up a test day and time. Seating is limited   
    • Cell phones may not be used in the testing room
    • Children may not accompany testers to the school
    • All students taking the TABE to enter a PSAV program must have an application on file
    • All participants are expected to arrive 30 minutes before the test session. Doors will be locked 15 minutes before the test begins

    ID required:  Applicants need to provide a photo ID (Florida ID is preferred) and must know their Social Security number

    Scores from other institutions: Scores will be evaluated by a counselor