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TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education)

TABE stands for Test of Adult Basic Education and includes reading, language and math subtests. We strongly suggest that students take one subtest per day.

  • Reading subtest: 100 minutes
  • Language subtest: 55 minutes
  • Math subtest: 65 minutes

TABE Online Tools Training

Students who plan to take the TABE test should visit https://wbte.drcedirect.com/TABE/portals/tabe for practice tests and to learn to use online TABE test tools.

Testing Location

TABE testing is offered in the Assessment Centers on all IRSC campuses.

Testing Fees

Indian River State College does not charge a fee to take the TABE.

Testing Times

Main Campus (Fort Pierce)
Students can start any single subtest of the TABE on Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during all semesters and 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays in the Fall and Spring semesters on a walk-in basis without an appointment. TABE is not administered during final exams.

Chastain Campus (Stuart)
Students can start any single subtest of the TABE on Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during all semesters and 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays in the Fall and Spring semesters on a walk-in basis without an appointment. TABE is not administered during final exams.

Dixon Hendry Campus (Okeechobee)
Testing appointments are required; call 863-824-6009.

Pruitt Campus (Port St. Lucie)
Students can start any single subtest of the TABE on Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during all semesters and 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays in the Fall and Spring semesters on a walk-in basis without an appointment. TABE is not administered during final exams.

Mueller Campus (Vero Beach)
Students can start any single subtest of the TABE on Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during all semesters and 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays in the Fall and Spring semesters on a walk-in basis without an appointment. TABE is not administered during final exams.

TABE is not offered on the following times:

  • Fall Finals 2019: December 5 through December 9, 2019
  • Spring Finals 2020: April 20 through Wednesday, April 22, 2020
  • Summer A Finals 2020: June 15 and June 16, 2020
  • Summer B Finals 2020: August 4 and August 5, 2020

How to Register

Individuals seeking to take the TABE test must complete an online IRSC Application for Admission to generate an IRSC Student ID number. 

Taking the Test

In addition to an IRSC Student ID number, a valid photo ID (not expired, broken or taped) is required.

There is a calculator built into the TABE testing system. It will automatically “pop up” if the question allows the use of a calculator. Personal or handheld calculators are not permitted.

Test Results

TABE scores can be obtained in person with photo identification at any IRSC Academic Support Center (ASC). Allow one (1) working day for scores to be processed. There is no charge for a student copy of a TABE score report. TABE scores are automatically entered in the College computer (Workday) system and are available for College departments to view.

Sending TABE Scores to other Schools

If you need your TABE scores sent to other organizations, you must first obtain and complete a TABE Score Request Form which is available at any ASC. Take your completed form, along with $10, to an IRSC cashier. Bring the completed TABE Score Request Form and paid receipt back to the ASC for processing.

Sending TABE Scores to IRSC from another Organization

Students submitting TABE scores from other schools or adult education programs should mail them to:

Steven Daniello, Director of Assessment Services
Indian River State College
3209 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34981

or fax the documents to 772-462-7838.

TABE scores from other schools or adult education programs must meet Indian River State College retesting requirements. Only scores from the A Level of the TABE are used for completion of Indian River State College career and technical programs.

TABE Retesting

TABE Survey results are valid for two (2) years. You may retest during that time under the following circumstances:

  • You have completed a TABE prescription and passed the practice test in the Academic Support Center (ASC), and it was determined that you are ready to retest.
  • If you have taken courses or reviewed skills elsewhere, you are required to provide official documentation to Steven Daniello, Director of Assessment Services, at sdaniell@irsc.edu.

TABE Prescription

If your scores do not meet those required for your particular program or job, you may request to have a prescription prepared for skills review. After you submit your request, allow one business day for your prescription to be prepared.

Once you successfully complete all prescribed materials, including assigned tests, you will be approved for retesting by an ASC instructor.

If you have a program deadline (scores must be submitted by a specific date), allow enough time to complete your prescription. The amount of time required to complete your prescription will vary according to its length.

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