Adult Basic Education (ABE)
The testing criteria and guidelines for Adult Basic Education (ABE) are as follows:
All students enrolled in an Adult Basic Education (ABE) program must be pre- and post-tested with state designated assessments. Exceptions may be made for students who are unable to understand or respond to the test due to low literacy, lack of English proficiency, or due to disability. A pretest must be administered within the first twelve (12) hours of instruction. MDC administers the TABE Survey, Forms 9 and 10 with locator.
Students without sufficient English proficiency are referred to the ESOL Program.
The placement scores below are required for placement in the ABE programs. Placement and level completion is determined when the student’s scale score is at the highest end of an Educational Functioning Level (EFL).
|TABE qualification scores for ABE|
|Skill Area||TABE Grade Equivalent||TABE Scale Score ||Literacy Completion Point /
Educational Functioning Level
|Course Placement |
|Reading||0.0 - 1.9||<368||LCP/EFL - E||EDU 091 - Beginning ABE Literacy|
|2.0 - 3.9||368 - 460||LCP/EFL - F||EDU 092 - Beginning Basic Education|
|4.0 - 5.9||461 - 517||LCP/EFL - G||EDU 093 - Low Intermediate Basic Education|
|6.0 - 8.9||518 - 566||LCP/EFL - H||EDU 094 - - High Intermediate Basic Education|
|Language||0.0 - 1.9||<390||LCP/EFL - J||EDU 081 - Beginning ABE Literacy|
|2.0 - 3.9||390 - 490||LCP/EFL - K||EDU 082 - Beginning Basic Education|
|4.0 - 5.9||491 - 523||LCP/EFL - M||EDU 083 - Low Intermediate Basic Education|
|6.0 - 8.9||524 - 559||LCP/EFL - N||EDU 084 - High Intermediate Basic Education|
|Math||0.0 - 1.9||<314||LCP/EFL - A||EDU 071 - Beginning ABE Literacy|
|2.0 - 3.9||314 - 441||LCP/EFL - B||EDU 072 - Beginning Basic Education|
|4.0 - 5.9||442 - 505||LCP/EFL - C||EDU 073 - Low Intermediate Basic Education|
|6.0 - 8.9||506 - 565||LCP/EFL - D||EDU 074 - High Intermediate Basic Education|
TABE retesting procedure for ABE programs:
The TABE retesting guidelines below are followed for Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs.
Students post-testing in EDU 074, EDU 084, and EDU 094 must take TABE levels "D" or "A".
Completion of a prescribed remediation program consisting of at least 40 hours of instruction is required prior to retesting with a minimum 30-day period between retests.
The same TABE Form and Level should not be administered within a six-month period. Remediation should include at least 40 hours of instruction between pre/and post-testing, using an alternate version of the TABE and at least 120 hours of instruction when using the same level and same form. If no formal instruction is provided or documented, six months should elapse when using the same level, same form.