Career Courses and Academic Courses require a placement test called TABE(Test of Adult Basic Education)
The TABE is a math and reading assessment exam. It is used to determine your competency in these areas for program admission and class placement. If you do not meet the minimum requirements for your desired program, you may be placed in another program you qualify for and will be given the opportunity to retake the TABE at the end of the semester. TABE scores may be transferable from other organizations. In addition, TABE exams for admission at the LIEOC may not be taken more than once within a semester. TABE test scores are valid for one year.
There are different versions of the TABE, including a 90-minute 'Survey' version and the full battery, which is three hours long. LIEOC offers the three hours long version. 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.
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.
What Should I Bring?
- You'll need a legal ID, with photo.
- 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.
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:
TABE Math (Applied and Computational)
Language Arts (Reading)
English as a Second Language
Placement test administered by a professor or TABE-E test
Community Courses (Attain Lab)
No placement test is needed.