What is the TABE?

The TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) is a state regulated assessment of basic skills.
  • Is a 2 1/2-hour test
  • It measures competency in reading, math, and language
  • It provides  information to customize your learning experience 
    All applicants for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs 450 hours or more, with the exception of Florida Law Enforcement Academy applicants, take a state mandated TABE prior to enrollment. TABE scores are good for two years and must be valid at the time of enrollment.
    Several exemptions to TABE are accepted. In order to be exempt, a student must submit official documentation to a career advisor for verification of an exemption:
    1. Applicants who have earned a standard State of Florida high school diploma, 2007 or later, or possess a documented degree (AA, AS, AAS, BA or BS) may be exempt from TABE testing. (s.1004.91).
    2. Applicants who have earned a State of Florida High School diploma via the GED® test no more than two years prior to the start of class.
    3. Students taking any accepted standardized tests such as PERT or ACT may be exempt from the TABE provided the scores are at satisfactory levels and the test was taken within two years of enrollment in a Career and Technical Education program (6A-10315, 6A-10.040).
    4. A student who has completed or who is exempt from the college-level communication and computation skills (CLAST) examination pursuant to s.1008.29 is also exempt from the TABE. Per s. 1008.29.
    5. Documented successful completion of college-level remedial coursework may be used to meet TABE requirement.
    6. Documented passing scores on state-designated industry certification tests may be used.
    7. Mandated TABE exit scores may be waived for documented special needs students as per Florida guidelines. 
  • The TABE is $10
  • No cell phones are allowed in the testing lab.
  • No children are allowed in the testing lab.
  • No parents or guardians are allowed in the testing lab.
See Each Program Flyer (Career Programs Tab) for Grade Level Requirements for TABE
 TABE Practice
For a free TABE study guide click here.
Please click on below attachments for other resources and schedule.


Download this file (Career Tabe  November 2018 (002).pdf)Career TABE Schedule3706 kB436 Downloads
Download this file (TABE exemptions6A-10.040.pdf)TABE exemptions6A-10.040.pdf136 kB312 Downloads
Download this file (TABE Information Flyer.pdf)TABE Information Flyer.pdf797 kB482 Downloads