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TABE Testlets at Miami Dade College FAQ

What are TABE Testlets?

TABE Testlets are short, optional tests and will serve students well as practice for Common Core State Standards high school equivalency assessments. TABE Testlet items and assessments were built form the ground up with new, innovative item types that fully align to the Common Core State Standards.

TABE Testlet items do not have NRS approval and cannot be used for funding purposes.

When were TABE Testlets first available at MDC?

TABE Testlets have been available at MDC since March 21, 2015 as part of the new TABE Online User Interface.

How long does a TABE Testlets take?

TABE Testlets take around 45 minutes each.

How much do TABE Testlets cost?

The TABE Testlets administration fee at MDC is $5.00 for each TABE Testlet.

Who can use TABE Testlets?

TABE Testlets are available to any student who has taken a TABE Online assessment

  • TABE Testlets are available based on the student’s current TABE level.
  • TABE Testlets are only be offered at or below a student’s current TABE level – for example, a TABE Level M student will not see a TABE Level A Testlet, but he or she may see either a Level M or a Level E Testlet.

How many TABE Testlets are there?

The numbers in the chart may change as Testlets are added and removed. Some of them will be delivered across grade levels. For example, one of the Level E Applied Math Testlets will be shared with Level M so it can be used by the publisher to better understand the impact of Common Core on learners and their traditional grade levels, plus it will also help them create a fair and accurate scale. Note that the publisher will never have, for example, a Level E student take a Level M Testlet - it would only ever be the opposite, where a Level M student could see a Level E Testlet.

Applied Math Language Arts Reading
E 2 2 3
M 3 2 3
D 4 2 3
A 2 2 3

Can a student go back in on a different day and access TABE Testlets? Or does it have to be back-to-back with a TABE?

Students may go back to them. It is true that TABE tests need to be taken prior to Testlets, but they are subject- by-subject so a student does not have to take an entire suite (all subjects) of TABE. The publisher prefers students to take their first Testlets within 2 weeks of their TABE test as it helps their field test efforts, but it will not enforce it since they know that adult learners have varied schedules.

What about the quality of TABE Testlet questions?

The TABE family has evolved over nearly 50 years! CTB/McGraw-Hill content creators are experts in Adult Assessment, the Common Core, and College/Career Readiness standards from elementary through post-secondary levels. Testlets contain field test items created by the industry’s best content team, so you can be sure that quality is unsurpassed from the very beginning.

What can I use TABE Testlets for?

Practice! TABE Testlets are fantastic practice tools for students are preparing for TABE retests or a high school equivalency assessment. TABE Testlets are an easy way to let students get comfortable with the increased rigor they may expect to see. TABE Testlets must always be treated as though they were a high stakes assessment in order to get the full benefit of the experience. TABE Testlets will help students and their instructors understand how students are performing against Common Core and College/Career Readiness standards. Note that TABE Testlets are not NRS-approved and may not be used to replace TABE 9/10 assessments.

What will TABE Testlet reports show me?

TABE Testlet reports will be available on a student basis. Since Common Core Standards may consist of more than one activity, some items will be worth more than one point. TABE Testlet scores consist of a “points correct” score for each student at the domain level, so adult educators will get good insight into a range of Common Core State Standard areas

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