Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What is the TABE?

The Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) are norm-referenced tests designed to measure achievement of basic skills commonly found in adult basic education curricula and taught in instructional programs.


What subject areas does the TABE cover?

There are eight TABE subtests offered: Reading, Language, Language Mechanics, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing, Applied Math, and Math Computation. There are different requirements and combinations of the subtests needed for each examinee depending on their program, agency or employer. If you are taking the TABE for a program not required by NWFSC, find out which subtests you need to take before arriving at the Testing Center.


Who must take the TABE?

Various vocational technical programs require the TABE test as a basis of admission into a particular program. In addition, local agencies and employers may require prospective employment candidates to provide TABE scores.


How can I prepare for the TABE?

TABE Study Guides are available at all bookstores. You may also choose to search the internet for TABE practice test information.


Where and when can I take the TABE?

The TABE will be administered to NWFSC students who have been accepted into the Dental Assisting and Radiography programs. There is no fee for these examinees. 

The TABE is available for examinees needing the test for employment consideration or for admission requirements to other schools. The fee for these examinees is $20.00. 

TABE is offered at the Niceville campus only. Testing begins at 9:00am Monday through Friday. An appointment must be scheduled through RegisterBlast prior to visiting the Testing Center.


What do I need to bring to the test?

A photo ID is required for testing. All other supplies will be furnished. If you are taking the TABE for a program not required by NWFSC, you will need to know which subtests you are required to take before arriving at the Testing Center. You can get this information from your employer/ agency/ admissions office or whoever is requiring the test.


Can I re-take the TABE?

There are two versions of the TABE test, version 9 and 10. You do not have to wait if you take a different version. Once you have tested on both versions, you must wait 30 days before you can retake the test.


Is the test timed?

Yes. It takes approximately 1.5 hours to take the TABE.