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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

The TABE is administered by appointment only to IRSC students currently enrolled in IRSC Career and Technical Education programs that do not meet any of the TABE exemptions. Call the IRSC Assessment Centers to make a TABE testing appointment. Click for more information.

TABE Online Tools Training

Students who plan to take the TABE test should visit for practice tests and to learn to use online TABE test tools.

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.

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 Tutoring 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

TABE Retesting

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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