The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)

If you plan on utilizing the testing center on Saturdays* or after 6 p.m. on weeknights, testing fees must be paid by credit card, money order or check.

*Saturday testing is available only in D-108 on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.

The TABE is a placement exam. It is divided into three sections to assess students' skills in English, math and reading. If you do not do well on part of the TABE, it does not prohibit you from entering a specific program. It simply tells Seminole State what your strengths and weaknesses are and allows us to help you complete your program successfully.

Depending on your course of study, the TABE helps Seminole State decide:

  • If you can enter a non-credit program without reserve.
  • The program level at which you should be placed (beginner, intermediate or advanced).
  • If you need to use Seminole State's support services at the STAR Center.
  • If you need to temporarily delay beginning a program while you acquire skills in one or more areas.

TABE Testing Hours

The TABE is administered on a walk-in basis on any Seminole State campus. Click your preferred testing location below for exam hours.

What should I bring on the day of the test?

Prior to taking any examination, you will need to present a current, valid and original photo ID with a signature (e.g., passport, driver’s license or state-issued ID card). If your photo ID does not include a signature, a second ID is required with your name and signature (e.g., Social Security card, voter registration card, credit card or debit card). The PERT is administered on a computer. Paper and pencil will be provided for the math portion, so you can work out your answers.

TABE Fees

  • TABE Survey Form (non-Seminole State students): $25*
  • Complete Test Battery (non-Seminole State students): $40*
  • TABE Retakes (non-Seminole State students): $25*

* Prices are subject to change without notice.

Why is the TABE Important?

You must meet your program's required scores in all three sections of the TABE test by the time you complete your coursework in order to earn a degree or diploma. Additionally, by taking the TABE, you meet state entry requirements for:

If you are entering a career program that requires acceptable TABE scores and you meet certain other criteria, you may be able to request a TABE exemption. Check back for more information, or call the Testing Office at 407.708.2020.

What if I Fail to Meet My Program's Requirements in One or More TABE Sections?

Florida law requires you to pass all three sections of the TABE to be:

  • Admitted without reserve (admitted without conditions) to the program of your choice. If you do not meet your program's requirements, you may still be able to begin the program under certain conditions.
  • Awarded a diploma or certificate of completion.

In most cases, you can still enter a non-credit program if you agree to use Seminole State's support services. To improve your knowledge and skills, you may be required to spend a certain number of hours each week in the College's STAR Center.

The STAR Center staff:

  • Uses materials from your course of study to help you improve your English, math and reading skills.
  • Helps you succeed in your course of study.
  • Prepares you to pass the TABE.

If you are unsuccessful in one part of the TABE, you are only required to retake that particular section of the exam. For example, if you pass English and reading but do not pass math, you only have to retake the math portion.

There are exceptions to this rule. Check with your Seminole State counselor or the Assessment and Testing Center for more information.

What If I Haven't Taken the TABE?

If you haven't completed the TABE, you can take it at Seminole State. Contact the Assessment and Testing Center at 407.708.2020 for more information.

How Can I Get More Information About the TABE?

For more information about the TABE:

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