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Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)

The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is used to assess basic skill levels for students enrolled in a postsecondary program offered for career credit of 450 hours or more (Applied Welding Technologies, Dental Assisting, Health Unit Coordinator, Medical Administrative Specialist, Medical Coder/Biller, Medical Record Transcribing, Network Support Services, Practical Nursing and Web Design.) PHSC administers and accepts only the most current forms of the TABE.

Students enrolled in programs requiring the TABE shall complete an entry-level basic skills examination within the first six weeks of admission into the program. Each program has specific grade-level exit requirements. The TABE is designed to test for those exit skills. Students who do not meet the required minimum levels of basic skills, as measured by the TABE, shall be provided with opportunities for career preparatory instruction/remediation. No student, except those exempted by statute or rule, shall be awarded a technical certificate until the student reaches the minimum basic skills level required for the final Occupational Completion Point (OCP) for that program or passes a related state, national or industry licensure exam identified by the Florida Department of Education, Division of Career and Adult Education.

Students who possess a college degree at the Associate of Applied Science level or higher; who have completed or are exempt from the College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) pursuant to Florida Statute 1008.29; or who are exempt from the Common Placement Test pursuant to Florida Statute 1008.29 are exempt from these TABE procedures. The College’s Office of Admissions and Student Records must receive an official copy of the student’s degree, academic transcript or test score prior to the approval of an exemption.

Students enrolling in any of the listed programs must submit official TABE score results, which are no more than two years old, to the Office of Admissions and Student Records no later than six weeks after the beginning of enrollment for that semester.

Students who have submitted official scores but who have not achieved the required scores will be offered career preparatory instruction/remediation in the Teaching-Learning Center (TLC). Students should follow a prescribed remediation plan prior to retaking the TABE.

While required to complete an entry-level basic skills examination within the first six weeks of admission into a program, students who have passed a state, national, or industry licensure exam are exempt from meeting the basic skills levels required to exit from the program and obtain a technical certificate. Students must submit verification of licensure to the Office of Admissions and Student Records no later than six weeks after their enrollment in the program. Students who cannot provide this documentation will be required to demonstrate the minimum requisite basic skills for their chosen program.

Students enrolled in a criminal justice program are exempt from the requirements of Florida Statute 1004.91.

Federal and state laws require the provision of accommodations for students with disabilities to meet individual needs and ensure equal access. Students with disabilities must self-identify and request such services. Documentation of the accommodations requested and provided will be maintained in a confidential file in the Office of Disabilities Services. 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.

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.

Testing and Career Preparatory Instruction/Remediation

  1. Students enrolling into programs requiring the TABE must take the TABE within the first six weeks of admission to the program.The six weeks shall commence on the day the student begins the first course in the program.
  2. Tests are computer graded and results are entered into the College’s official student records system.
  3. The College will provide access to tutors and career preparatory instruction/remedial materials for those students who are required to retake the TABE.
  4. Students needing career preparatory instruction/remediation will be advised to contact the TLC for assistance. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements for career preparatory instruction/remediation.

TABE Retest Procedures

  1. Students may be retested with an alternate form of the TABE six weeks after the initial administration. Students may be tested using the same form of the TABE after six months have elapsed. Under extremely rare circumstances, exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis by an assistant dean of student development.
  2. If a student tests and is deficient in only one area, the student will need to be retested in only the area in which he/she was deficient.

TABE Retest and Waiver Procedures for Students with Disabilities

In accordance with State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.040, (F.A.C.), Basic Skills Requirements for Postsecondary Vocational Certificate, FAC: adult students with a documented disability who are completing a postsecondary adult vocational program, but have been unsuccessful in obtaining the designated exit criteria on the TABE, may have this requirement waived based on the following procedures.

  1. A student must complete an initial TABE administration.
  2. If the student does not achieve the state-mandated cut-off scores for their major, the student must participate in career preparatory instruction/remediation provided under the auspices of the Teaching-Learning Centers, the Mathematics Laboratory (West Campus only) or the Office of Disabilities Services while they are taking their vocational courses. Time spent in career preparatory instruction/remediation must be documented through tutoring records, sign-in sheets or other traceable, valid means.
  3. Following career preparatory instruction/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 Coordinator of Disabilities Services requesting a waiver of a portion(s) of the TABE and provide rationale for this request.
  5. Upon receiving a student’s request for a TABE waiver, the Coordinator 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 Test 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.