Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)

Students who are enrolled in a postsecondary program offered for career education credit of 450 hours or more (Applied Welding Technologies, Dental Assisting, Health Unit Coordinator, Medical Coder/Biller, Medical Administrative Specialist, Medical Record Transcribing, Network Support Technician, Practical Nursing and Web Development Specialist) shall complete an entry-level basic skills examination within the first six weeks after admission into the program. Students who do not meet the required minimal level of basic skills, as measured by the TABE, shall be provided with opportunities for remediation. No student, except those exempted by statute or rule, shall be awarded a technical certificate until the student reaches the minimum basic skills level required for the final Occupational Completion Point (OCP) for that program or a related state, national or industry licensure exam identified by the Department of Education, Division of Career and Adult Education.

Each program has specific grade-level exit requirements, and the TABE is designed to test for those exit skills. PHSC administers and accepts only Forms 9 and 10 of the TABE. All programs, except Applied Welding Technologies, require completion of Level A of the exam in order to meet exit requirements. Students in Applied Welding Technologies may meet exit requirements by completing Level A or D of the TABE.

Students are encouraged to schedule the TABE at their earliest convenience and to determine the appropriate scores necessary to exit the program. Students will not be awarded a certificate or diploma until they complete all course and testing requirements.

Students who have earned a college degree at the Associate of Applied Science level or higher, who have completed the College-Level Academic Skills (CLAS) test pursuant to Florida Statute 1008.29, or who are exempt from the Common Placement Test pursuant to Florida Statute 1008.29, are exempt from this rule.