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Career and Technical Education Programs

The testing criteria and guidelines for Career and Technical Education Programs are as follows: 

(This section is limited to MDC technical certificate programs with a MDC program code beginning with 5)

Depending on the program, MDC administers the TABE Complete Battery or Survey, Level A, Forms 9 and 10. Levels D & M may be used if the completion level of the program is at the 9th grade level or less. Level D may also be used for the higher grade levels on an as needed basis for post-testing purposes. Completion of a prescribed remediation program consisting of at least 60 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 60 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.
The TABE may not be used as a sole determinant for entry into a career and technical education program.

Minimum basic skills levels as grade equivalents in mathematics, language, and reading are defined in each career certificate program. The Basic Skills and Licensure Exemption List that is used for meeting these requirements is available via State Rule 6A-10.040. Refer to this list for minimum required basic skills grade levels to earn a certificate by program.

Agencies sponsoring career certificate seeking students may set higher requirements and exemptions for testing.

CPT scores to TABE grade equivalencies may be done by the campus Testing Directors based upon an approved State chart and institutional memorandum.

Students without sufficient English proficiency are referred to the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.

Exempted from testing for Career and Technical Education Programs:


Students who have earned an associate degree or higher from an institution recognized by MDC (Except in specific situations such as certain programs sponsored by external funding agencies). Official documentation is required. Students with foreign degrees from non-English speaking countries must present passing IELTS, or TOEFL, or PTE scores. Refer to English for Academic Purposes (EAP) for passing scores.


Students who present FCAT (Grade 10), SAT, ACT, or CPT/PERT scores which exempt them from developmental education placement as outlined in Degree Programs and College Credit Certificate Programs are exempt from testing for career certificate programs. Any score presented which is lower than the score needed for exemption will require the student to be tested on the appropriate TABE subtest(s).


Students who present official scores on any of the state-approved examinations (including the CPT) which demonstrate the skill level required by the specific program. The scores must have been obtained within the past two years.


Students seeking entrance into the MDC School of Criminal Justice Corrections and Law Enforcement programs pursuant to Section 943.17(6) F.S. are exempt from entry-level basic skills testing. This exemption does not apply to the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test requirement for entry into basic recruit training programs. The Criminal Justice Training Commission sets the standards for their training programs.


Adult students enrolled in a State approved apprenticeship program in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 446 are exempt from the requirement of taking the TABE test.


Students who have successfully completed developmental education course requirements. Any skill area which has not been met will require the student to be tested on the appropriate TABE subtest(s).


All students who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, and earned a standard diploma from a Florida public high school.


All students who are serving as active duty members of any branch of the United States Armed Forces.

Exemption from meeting the basic skills exit score requirement only!

Students who attempted the TABE at least two times and passed a State, national or industry licensure exam related to the program of study and identified by the Department of Education, Division of Career and Adult Education are exempt from meeting the basic skills exit score requirement in the related program. The identified credentialing examination has to be specific to the career and must be necessary in order to work in that field. Documentation supporting the successful completion of the credentialing examination is required. The Basic Skills and Licensure Exemption List that is used for meeting this requirement is available via (Related Documents section).

CPT to TABE comparison chart:

The comparison chart is from page 17 of the revised October 5, 2010 Career Education Basic Skills Assessment, Technical Assistance Paper. The chart shows the correlation from CPT to TABE (Complete Battery). Since TABE 7 & 8 and TABE 9 & 10 are scored on the same scale, this correlation may be used with TABE 9 & 10. CPT elementary algebra scores may be used as long as the student has a valid passing algebra subtest score of 72 or higher (the TABE grade equivalency is 12.0).

This chart is used at MDC for Career Education students who attempted the TABE at least two times and meet their program's basic skills exit score requirement(s) with a below college ready CPT score. Note: College ready CPT scores are used for TABE exemptions.

CPT to TABE comparison chart
Grade Level Equivalency CPT Reading to TABE Reading CPT Sentence Skills to TABE Language CPT Arithmetic to TABE Math Computation CPT Arithmetic to TABE Applied Math CPT Arithmetic to TABE Total Math
12 77 79 79 50 54
11 72 76 54 48 49
10 67 74 49 41 47
9 58 65 48 39 41
8 52 58 40 35 38
7 50    NC* 36 31 31
6 48 55 31 28 29
5 41 51 28 25 25
4 36 47 26   NC* 24
3 32 41 25 24 20
2    NC* 32 23 20   NC*
1 27 31   NC*   NC*   NC*
NC*: Indicates no correlation available.
Correlated to TABE Complete Battery forms 7&8 and 9&10


Required to test for Career and Technical Education Programs:


All first-time-in-program students who designate themselves as certificate-seeking in a program of 450 hours or more. Such students must complete an entry-level examination within the first six weeks of admission into the program.


All students whose TABE (or other approved examination) scores are more than two years old and have not been used for placement.


All students whose TABE (or other approved examination) scores are more than two years old and who have had a bre

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