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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.


TABE Exemptions

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;
  • Possess a college degree at the associate in applied science level or higher from an accredited post-secondary institution; or
  • Are currently serving as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services.
  • Attainment of an Industry Certification

If you meet any of these exemption policies, please contact a program advisor in the Office of Student Services (room 158).


TABE Testing at Erwin Technical College

Cost:  $5 non-refundable test fee (cash or money order only)

Test times and information: 

  • 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays (Doors close promptly at 5:00 p.m.)

  • 10:00 a.m. on Thursdays  (Doors close promptly at 10:00 a.m.)

Please report to Erwin’s Administrative Office (room 101) AT LEAST 30 minutes early to secure a seat, as testing is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.   Seating is limited to 20 applicants.  Appointments are not taken.   Cell phones may not be used in the testing room.  Children may not accompany testers to the school.

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

Scores from other institutions:  If students want to submit Level D9 TABE scores administered by an outside source, they must be delivered on the public institution’s letterhead in a sealed envelope, clearly showing the test form and level, and must be no more than two years old prior to the class start date.  Under state guidelines, Erwin reserves the right to screen outside TABE scores from any source other than a public education institution for acceptance or denial.

Sample test:   Click here to view a sample TABE test.

Last updated on 4/14/2017
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