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Adult Basic Education (ABE)

The testing criteria and guidelines for Adult Basic Education (ABE) are as follows:

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, 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 ABE Course Placement Guide is used for placement in the ABE programs.

Course Placement Guide - 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 ABX0310 - Beginning ABE Literacy
2.0 - 3.9 314 - 441 LCP/EFL - B ABX0320 - Beginning Basic Education
4.0 - 5.9 442 - 505 LCP/EFL - C ABX0330 - Low Intermediate Basic Education
6.0 - 8.9 506 - 565 LCP/EFL - D ABX0340 - High Intermediate Basic Education

Note: ABX prefix courses effective 2015-3

TABE retesting procedure for ABE programs:

The TABE retesting guidelines below are followed for Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs.

  • Students post-testing in ABX0140, ABX0340 and ABX0240 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.
  • Students scoring at plus or minus 2.0 of the content difficulty range for a specific skill level must be retested in the out-of-range skill area no sooner than the next day and prior to enrollment or by the 100% refund date for the adult education term without being assessed a retesting fee. These students may retest once for initial placement without being assessed a retesting fee. Refer to Appendix H (TABE Out of Range Re-Testing Guide).

     (TABE skill levels and content difficulty follows: E=2.0-3.9, M=4.0-5.9, D=6.0-8.9, A=9.0-12.9)

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