TABE Test and Basic Skills Exemption
Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
The State of Florida has mandated that all students enrolled in a post-secondary program consisting of 450 clock hours or more must meet a minimum basic skill level in reading, mathematics, and language. Students who enroll in a program offered for career credit of 450 hours or more shall complete an entry-level examination within the first 6 weeks of admission into the program. The State Curriculum Frameworks have established the minimum standards for each program. Students who do not achieve the minimum level of basic skills required for completion (final OCP) from his/her career education program will not be awarded a Career Certificate of Completion. The Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is administered following the program orientation. Students with documented disabilities, who self-identify, will be provided appropriate accommodations as needed on an individual basis.
Orientation and TABE testing:
- Main Campus: TABE is administered Monday through Thursday for all programs directly after orientation. Applicants must report to Building #11 with a valid picture ID and $10 by 8:30 a.m.
- West Campus: TABE is administered Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday for all programs directly after orientation. Applicants must report to the main office with a valid picture ID and $10 by 8:00 a.m.
TABE testing only:
- Main Campus: TABE is administered Monday through Thursday for all programs. Applicants must report to Building #11 with a valid picture ID and $10 by 9:30 a.m.
- West Campus: TABE is administered Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday for all programs. Applicants must report to the main office with a valid picture ID and $10 by 9:00 a.m.
Basic Skills Exemption
Students may be exempt from taking the TABE if one of the following criteria is met:
- An official transcript showing evidence of entering 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, and earning a Florida standard high school diploma;
- Possess a college degree at the associate in applied science (AAS) level or higher from an accepted, accredited college/university. Official transcript or degree may be provided;
- Evidence of official test scores pursuant to State Board Rule 6A-10.0315 that exempted the student from taking the Common Placement Test. To receive this exemption, the highest test scores on any of the tests or combination of tests shall be accepted (Accuplacer, ACT, SAT, PERT or GED®2014). *Individual student scores shall be valid for two (2) years starting from the earliest test date. See your counselor for more information on qualifying scores;
- Official test results that prove the student has successfully met the requirements for an approved state or national, industry certification or licensure examination that is identified on the Florida Department of Education Basic Skills and Licensure Exemption List for the program in which they are enrolled or enrolling;
- Active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services;
- Enrolled in an apprenticeship program that is registered with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) in accordance with Chapter 446.