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How Long Is the TABE Test?
The TABE generally comes in two formats, the full battery and the survey test. The full battery TABE consists of four sections of content delivered over the course of about 3 hours. The survey test is significantly shorter; the four sections of content only include 1.5 hours of testing time.
The chart below outlines the time allotted for each main test section alongside the number of questions included for both forms of the TABE.
|Complete Battery||Survey TABE|
|Reading||50 minutes (50 questions)||25 minutes (25 questions)|
|Language||55minutes (55 questions)||25 minutes (25 questions)|
|Math Computation||24 minutes (40 questions)||15 minutes (25 questions)|
|Applied Math||55 minutes (50 questions)||25 minutes (25 questions)|
There are also three sections on each version of the TABE that are completely optional to take. These are the vocabulary, spelling, and language mechanics sections. These sections only contain 20 questions each and have very short time limits, the longest being only 15 minutes.
|Number of Questions||Time Allotted|
|Language Mechanics||20||14 minutes|
Keys to Managing Your Time on Test Day
Now that you're aware of how long you'll have to complete each section, you can implement some test-taking tips to help make the most of your allotted time.
Once you get started, be aware of the amount of time remaining in the section you're working on. Wear a watch or pay attention to the clock at the test site. Keeping track of your remaining time will allow you to gauge how much time you can dedicate to individual questions.
If you're unsure of any questions, skip them to ensure that you don't waste time on a single answer. This will allow you to continue working and accumulate more completed answers. Once you reach the end of a particular section, you'll have the option of going back to check your work and reassess difficult answers.
Scores on the TABE
The TABE does not issue a failing or passing score. Rather, your results will be matched to a grade level equivalent and used to place you in classes that match your abilities. Individual schools have their own score range requirements for placement in beginning or intermediate courses.
In some cases, schools also use TABE scores to verify your math, language, and reading proficiency before awarding a technical education certificate.
Available Test Prep Resources
If you'd like to refine your math, language, and reading skills to improve your test scores, consider using these video lessons and transcripts. Practice quizzes are also included to make sure you're on track for a great TABE experience. These courses are completely mobile, allowing you to study whenever and wherever you need:
For some general tips on how to make the most of your study time, look into our Improve Your Study Skills resource as well.