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TABE Test Locations

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TABE stands for Test (for) Adult Basic Education. It will assess your aptitude for basic subjects (such as math, reading and grammar) at the high school level. Are you sitting for the TABE? Read on to find out who administers the TABE and where you can take this test.

Where Do I Take the TABE?

The TABE is offered across the United States at locations such as:

  • Community colleges
  • Technical institutes
  • 4-year colleges
  • Private testing centers

If the TABE is being taken as a requirement for admission to college or for employment, your college counselors, advisors or supervisors may offer a list of places in your area that offer TABE testing. If not, check with your community college system, public school system or other nearby test centers.

Note that depending on the test center, the TABE may be offered on a certain schedule, or on specific days of the week. Also, you may need to reserve your seat or visit an advisor beforehand, so it's a good idea to call the test center (or check online, if they have a website) and confirm your arrangements well in advance. The testing center may also direct you to resources that will help you prepare for the test.

TABE Exam Formats

The TABE is offered in a traditional pencil and paper format, as well as a computerized format (TABE-PC or TABE-ONLINE, which is instantly scored over the internet). There are different versions of the TABE, including a 90-minute 'Survey' version and the full battery, which is three hours long. The exam covers four sections (math, reading, language and spelling) at five different ability levels, from L (limited literacy) to A (advanced). Also, there is a TABE test aimed at adult English-learning students known as the TABE CLAS-E.

If you are not sure of the version, sections or level you need to take, check with your advisor or employer for your specific requirements. Or, before you take the TABE, you may be asked to take a pretest (or Locator) that will determine the right TABE difficulty level for you.

In any case, make sure that your testing center offers the options that suit your needs!

What Should I Bring?

Each testing center has different policies. Again, be sure to check beforehand to learn exactly what you need to bring (and what you shouldn't bring) to your exam. Generally:

  • You'll need a legal ID, with photo. If you are taking your test at a community college, university or other school, you may need a student ID as well.
  • You may have to pay an exam fee. The cost will also vary from center to center.
  • The TABE allows you to use a simple calculator for the Applied Mathematics section of the exam only. Your testing center may or may not provide a calculator, or they may have to approve any calculator you bring from home.
  • You will most likely be asked to leave your mobile phone, food and drink outside the testing center. However, many places provide storage lockers.

How Do I Prepare?

While there's no passing or failing the TABE, it's never a bad idea to brush up before sitting for the exam, especially if you have been out of high school for a while. Luckily, it's easy to find courses that cover the material you need to know, such as:

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