TABE Math Practice Test

The Tests of Adult Basic Education, or TABE, test is a nationwide assessment that has been designed to assess skills and aptitudes in English, math and reading as they will be applied within a workforce or classroom setting.

TABE Math Practice Test

The Tests of Adult Basic Education, or TABE, test is a nationwide assessment that has been designed to assess skills and aptitudes in English, math and reading as they will be applied within a workforce or classroom setting.

Who Administers the TABE Math Test?

The TABE math test is part of the TABE assessment, given by CTB/McGraw-Hill all across the United States in locations including:

  • 4-year colleges
  • Community colleges
  • Private testing centers
  • Technical colleges

If the student is being asked to take the TABE test as a requirement for college admissions or employment, they should speak with their college advisors, counselors or supervisors for guidance selecting a location and registering for the test. Available time slots for administration of the assessment depend on where they choose to take the test, and may be specific days of the week or on a specified schedule. If they are not taking the TABE test to fulfill a requirement, contact their local public school system for further instruction.

How the test looks will depend on which version of the test the student is taking and what level. There five different ability levels in addition to a test specifically designed for adult English-learning students (TABE CLASS-E). The five ability levels are:

  1. [L]iteracy (K-1)
  2. [E]asy (2-3)
  3. [M]oderate (4-6)
  4. [D]ifficult (6-8)
  5. [A]dvanced (9-12)

The student needs to speak with an advisor or appropriate contact at their place of employment if they are unsure which level, section or version of the TABE test they need to take.

What Is On the TABE Math Test?

The TABE math test will test the student’s problem-solving and reasoning abilities through a variety of questions in both mathematics computations and applied mathematics. Overall, there is a total of twelve mathematics domains covered by the TABE math test:

  • Algebra
  • Expressions and Equations
  • Functions
  • Geometry
  • Measurement and Data
  • Number and Operations / Fractions
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten
  • Number in Quantity
  • Number System
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Ratios and Proportional Relationships
  • Statistics and Probability

Can Students Bring a Calculator to the TABE Math Test?

Calculator use is permitted on the TABE math test, but only specific calculators meet the criteria for use:

  • Texas Instruments TI-30XS
  • Casio FX-115ESPLUS
  • Casio FX-115MSPLUS
  • Casio FX-300ESPLUS
  • Casio FX-260Solar
  • HP 35S

The online version of the TABE displays an appropriate calculator on screen when use is permitted. Some testing centers may provide calculators while others will approve a calculator brought from home.

How Is the TABE Math Test Scored?

The TABE test is not graded with passing or failing scores. Instead, individual performance on the assessment is intended as a way to provide schools or programs with a means to determine where the applicant stands based on their standards. Although there is no formal scoring system for the test, prepping for the TABE can boost performance to increase chances of being accepted to a school or program of choice.

How Can Students Prepare for the TABE Math Test?

To help students prepare for the TABE test, Mometrix has developed a library of study tools and resources, including:

  • Practice Tests
  • Study Guides
  • Flashcards

Using these tools prior to test day can help with review of critical concepts presents on the TABE math test as outlined by the mathematics domains. Practice tests provide opportunity to assess current understanding and knowledge with access to comprehensive explanations of correct responses. Study guides and flashcards are valuable tools for reviewing concepts leading up to test day to improve performance on the TABE math test.


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by Enoch Morrison | Last Updated: January 9, 2019