How to Pass the Test of Adult Basic Education!

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Registration for the TABE is through the test center nearest you.

You must be 15 years old to take the test.

On test day you are required to bring government issued identification to enter the exam room.


You are required to pay a $70 fee to write the exam. If you fail the test, you must pay the exam fee again when you re-take the test.

TABE Calculators
Calculators Permitted on the TABE

What’s on the Test

The test contains a total of 100 multiple choice questions.

The TABE exam is a computer based exam, composed of four sections,

Reading    25 Questions     25 Minutes

Computational Math     25 Questions     15 Minutes

Applied Math     25 Questions     25 minutes

Language      25 Questions     25 minutes



There are two different math sections  on the TABE, computational and applied math.   This is a computer based test and calculators are provided for the applied math section because it contains more complex questions which can’t be solved without calculators.


The TABE test consist of a total of 225 questions for 3 hours 34 minutes. Individual subject content for TABE are reading (50 questions for 50 minutes), Math computation (40 questions for 24 minutes, applied math (50 questions for 55 minutes), Language mechanics (20 questions for 14 minutes), vocabulary (20 questions for 15 minutes), spelling (20 questions for 10 minutes) and language (55 questions for 55 minutes). For more detailed information, see our TABE page.
The TABE test is administered in computer based format or as a paper and pencil test. Tips for increasing your score on computer based tests. Tips for increasing your score on multiple choice tests.
TABE is available in five levels, Literacy, Easy, Medium, Difficult, and Advanced. First you need to take a short TABE locator test to access your skills and knowledge which determines the TABE test level.
TABE scaled scores range from 0 to 999. Most schools use 540 as their minimum TABE pass score, but each school sets its own minimum pass score.
You can only use a calculator in the applied math section.
The TABE test result is valid for two years.
Yes, candidates can re-take TABE after the approved waiting period. School differ as the the required wait time between tests. Generally you are only required to re-take the section that you failed, not the whole test.

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Date Published: Friday, May 16th, 2014
Date Modified: Thursday, April 25th, 2024

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