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Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)

Before being awarded a certificate of completion, Florida Administrative Code 6A-10.040 requires students of most career and technical certificate programs to meet specific grade-level exit requirements in mathematics, language and reading. PHSC administers the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) to assess mastery of these basic skills as found on the TABE Exit Requirements for Career and Technical Certificate Programs chart.


The following students are exempt from taking the TABE:

  1. Students who possess a college degree at the Associate of Applied Science level or higher
  2. Students who have demonstrated readiness for college-level work:
    1. Students who have met the cut scores on any of the tests found in the Student Placement and Testing Chart
    2. Students who have successfully completed developmental education requirements
    3. Students with "C" or higher grades on both college-level English and mathematics courses
    4. Students who are exempt from Common Placement Testing:
      1. Students who entered 9th grade in a Florida public high school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, and earned a Florida standard public high school diploma
      2. Students who are serving as active duty military of any branch of the United States Armed Forces
  3. Students who have passed a state, national or industry certification or licensure examination that is identified on the most current Florida Department of Education’s Basic Skills and Licensure Exemption List
  4. An adult student who is enrolled in an apprenticeship program that is registered with the Department of Education in accordance with Chapter 446, Florida Statute
  5. Students with documented disabilities who have not met the basic skills exit requirement after an initial administration may request approval for an exemption from the Office of Disabilities Services

Official verification of degree, licensure, test scores or developmental education course completion must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Student Records. Test score results submitted from an agency other than PHSC should be mailed directly from that agency. For additional information, students should contact an academic advisor in Student Development. 

No student is exempt from these requirements because of language deficiencies. Limited English Proficient (LEP) students shall be given English language instruction and remediation in basic skills as needed to improve proficiency. 

Test Administration

  1. PHSC administers the TABE on all campuses. Test times and locations can be found on the Career and Testing Services page
  2. Tests are computer graded and entered into the College’s official student record system. Test scores remain active for two (2) years or as long as a student remains continuously enrolled without a break of one (1) year
  3. Students with disabilities may request appropriate accommodations through the Office of Disabilities Services
  4. Unless exempted, students must be assessed in all applicable sections of the TABE within the first six weeks of their program. The assessment period begins on the day of the first course in the program
  5. Students who have taken the TABE at another institution may also submit official TABE scores, which are no more than two years old, to the Office of Admissions and Student Records within the first six weeks of their program to meet the basic skills requirements

Developmental Education Instruction/Remediation

  1. Students who score below the minimum basic skills levels of their program are advised to meet with an academic advisor to develop a plan focused on achieving their academic needs prior to retaking the TABE
  2. Students can enroll in developmental education instruction and access Teaching-Learning Center tutors and remedial materials. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements for career preparatory developmental education instruction and/or remediation

TABE Retest Procedures

  1. Students may be retested six weeks after the initial administration of the TABE using an alternate form
  2. All examinees must wait six months before retesting with the same form
  3. Under extremely rare circumstances, exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis by an assistant dean of student development or the director of career and testing services.

TABE Retest and Waiver Procedures for Students with Disabilities

Students with a documented disability may be exempted from meeting the basic skills grade levels required for completion of the career program upon verification of required documentation submitted to the College’s Office of Disabilities Services. Adult students with a documented disability who have been unsuccessful in obtaining the designated exit criteria on the TABE may have the basic skills requirements waived based on the following procedures:  

  1. A student must complete an initial TABE test administration
  2. If the student does not achieve the required score found on the TABE Requirements for Career and Technical Certificate Programs chart, the student must participate in developmental education instruction and/or remediation provided by the Teaching-Learning Centers while they are taking their career and technical courses. Time spent in developmental education instruction and/or remediation must be documented through course/tutoring records, sign-in sheets or other traceable, valid means.
  3. Following developmental instruction and/or remediation, a student will be permitted to take the TABE again. Upon retaking the TABE, if the student does not attain the minimum specified cut-off scores, the student may initiate the waiver process.
  4. Each student requesting a waiver must provide the Office of Disabilities Services with appropriate documentation of his/her disabilities for consideration of TABE scores waivers. In addition, the student must write a letter to the director of disabilities services requesting a waiver for the applicable portion(s) of the TABE and provide rationale for the request.
  5. Upon receiving a student’s request for a TABE waiver, the director of disabilities services will review the student’s documentation and, if appropriate, generate a packet including a letter requesting a waiver of a portion(s) of the TABE and include documentation substantiating the validity of the request. This packet will be submitted to the appropriate academic dean for approval. Approval of the waiver will be documented by the appropriate academic dean and placed in the student’s file in the Office of Admissions and Student Records.