How Many Questions are on the TABE Test?

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As you begin to prepare for the TABE exam, you're probably wondering what you're up against. This article will explain how many questions are on the TABE exam and give you some tips for answering them.

Number of Questions on the TABE

The number of questions you'll encounter will depend on which version of the TABE test you take. The complete battery TABE test consists of 195 multiple-choice questions, while the smaller survey exam only has 100 questions. The TABE measures your skills in language, reading, and math over the course of four primary test sections.

Also included in each test version are three smaller sections that are optional to take. These are the vocabulary, spelling, and language mechanics sections. These optional sections only have 20 questions each.

Below are breakdowns of the main four portions of the TABE test.

Complete TABE Battery

The 195 questions on the full battery are divided into four sections as follows.

Test SectionNumber of QuestionsTime Allotted
Reading5050 minutes
Language5555 minutes
Math Computation4024 minutes
Applied Math5055 minutes

Survey TABE

The 100 survey test questions are distributed evenly among the four sections.

Test Section Number of QuestionsTime Allotted
Reading2525 minutes
Language2525 minutes
Math Computation2515 minutes
Applied Math2525 minutes

What Will My Scores Be Used For?

The TABE is an assessment tool used by various institutions to measure the aptitude individuals have in the three skill sets mentioned above. When used for placement purposes, test scores give school administrators a grasp of which course levels match up with students' current academic abilities. For example, if you score high in the language and reading sections but not as well in the math portion, you might be required to take lower-level math courses in order to build up your skills.

Schools might also use this test to track student progress through an adult basic education or career training program. Essentially, the scores will help you and the institution discover the best way to plot your academic journey.

How Can I Do My Best on Test Day?

Bear in mind that you cannot fail the TABE, so your goal is to complete as many correct answers as you can. Some general test-taking and study tips are outlined below:

  • When tackling the lengthy reading section, be sure to read carefully but not spend too much time on a single passage. As you answer the questions that follow, look for clues and keywords that can guide you towards the right response.
  • As you study, work on calculating answers to the math problems more quickly. You might also want to try hiding the answer choices and coming up with a result on your own before checking it against the answers provided.
  • While you study vocabulary, you can work on spelling skills too. Combine both skill sets in one study session to maximize your preparation time.
  • On test day, if you're uncertain of a question, skip it and return after completing the section. If you have to guess, look for clues in the answers themselves and consider narrowing down your choices by avoiding answers that are similar or sound unreasonable. Can Help offers a broad library of courses you can use to prepare for the TABE and beyond. Whether you're interested in expanding your vocabulary, practicing math skills, or building reading skills, we have courses that are fully mobile and user-friendly. Delve into your TABE preparation by watching video lessons and taking practice quizzes. Check out a few sample resources below:

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