Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
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.
All TABE will be administered at the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) in the Testing Center on the second floor of the Student Services Center for both NWFSC & non-NWFSC programs.
The TABE will be administered to NWFSC students who are currently enrolled the Dental Assisting, Radiography, and Welding programs. The TABE will also be administered for students who choose to enroll in the NWFSC Firefighter Basic PSAV program (program code 5095).
All candidates enrolled in the previously stated programs must visit the Career Center
prior to completing the TABE. There is no fee for students testing for the above listed
The TABE is also available for examinees requesting the test for employment consideration or for admission requirements to other institutions. The fee for these examinees is $20.00.
All TABE candidates must complete registration on by visiting Register Blast.
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 completing the TABE for a program not required by NWFSC, you will need to determine which subtests you should complete prior 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, Radiography and Welding 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.
Please refer to testing locations and times to schedule your exam.
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 completing the TABE for a program not required by NWFSC, you will need to know which subtests you are required to complete prior to arriving at the Testing Center. You can get this information from your employer/ agency/ admissions office or whomever 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.