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TABE Testing Information

The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) tests skills and aptitudes in reading, math, and language, as you'll apply them in the workforce or classroom. The chart at the bottom of this page lists passing TABE scores for each program that requires it before a certificate can be awarded. You'll also find test preparation information.

On-Campus TABE testing is available by appointment only, via the RegisterBlast online registration system at all four EFSC Campus Assessment Centers. Seating is limited for the computer-based testing and appointments are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, Monday - Thursday between 9 AM and 6 PM. Test takers must show a photo ID and will have to store any personal belongings, including cell phones, in the Center's secure lockers.

Appointments must be made more than 24 hours before the scheduled test session. The TABE test publisher requires 3 months or 30 hours of instruction between TABE retesting attempts. In order to make a TABE test appointment, students will need their EFSC ID number, Titans student email, telephone number and the academic program for which they need the TABE test. View more details about the RegisterBlast system.

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Why the TABE Matters

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.

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.

Preparing for the TABE and Score Requirements

TABE 11/12 measures literacy 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 2021 – 2022 BASIC SKILLS SCORE REQUIREMENTS
Exit from Career & Technical Certificate (CTC) programs for students starting Fall Term 2021

PROGRAM  CODE      Grade Equivalency 11/12 Scaled Score
    MATH LANG READ MATH LANG READ
Aviation Airframe Mechanics ACAM 10 9 10 627 584 597
Aviation Powerplant Mechanics APPM 10 9 10 627 584 597
Cosmetology COS2 8 8 9 577 572 576
Fire Fighter I/II FRI2 10 10 10 627 608 597
Heating, Ventilation, Air
Conditioning/Refrigeration HVAC
AIR3 10 9 9 627 584 576
Mental Health Technician MHTC 9 9 9 596 584 576
Practical Nursing LPN2 11 11 11 657 631 617
Welding Technology WEL2 9 9 9 596 584 576


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.