Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)

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The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a standardized test designed by McGraw Hill that assesses the literacy and numeracy skills of adult learners. The general TABE exam assesses participants’ in six areas: reading, math, language, language mechanics, vocabulary, and spelling. McGraw Hill has also created separate versions of the TABE that test English language proficiency, science, social studies, algebra/geometry, and writing. The TABE can be used to assess whether participants meet enrollment criteria, or it can be used to compare skills at program intake and exit, if the program teaches adult basic education.


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See McGraw-Hill web site
Background / Quality
Condelli, L., Safford-Remus, K., Sherman, R., Gal, I., Hector-Mason, A. (2006) A Review of the Literature in Adult Numeracy: Research and Conceptual Issues. The American Institutes for Research: Washington, D.C.
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