The Test for Adult Basic Education, commonly known as the TABE test, is an exam used to test a person’s aptitude and determine where they should be placed within an education program based on current skills. The TABE test is commonly used by vocational and technical schools, like those for dental assistants, nurses, EMTs and mechanics, and consists of three portions: reading, language and mathematics. You are allowed to take the TABE test every 90 days, but adequate preparation before taking the exam can help you pass with a high score the first time.

Step 1

A website such as the Florida State College Assessment and Certification TABE Test "frequently asked questions" page can help you understand what the TABE test is and how the scores are used, as well as why the TABE test is important for you. The page also provides a practice TABE test that includes tips on taking the exam.

Step 2

Purchase or check out study guides from the library designed specifically for the TABE test like “TABE Secrets Study Guide: TABE Exam Review for the Test of Adult Basic Education” by the TABE Exam Secrets Test Prep Team. You can also find study guides focused on certain areas of the TABE exam, like “Bob Miller’s Math for the Level A TABE” by Robert Miller. Look for study guides that are no more than five years old for the most accurate information.

Step 3

Find a review course for the TABE exam in your area. Many community colleges offer review courses designed to specifically help you study for the TABE test. You may be able to find a TABE review course by visiting your local library’s adult literacy center or help desk as well, as many libraries offer TABE test-preparation courses and review sessions.

Step 4

Purchase practice TABE exams from Tabetest.com. Tabetest.com updates its practice exams each month. Its tests are based on personal experience of the exam, information gathered from other people that have taken the test and assorted standardized study guides. When you purchase practice exams from Tabetest.com, you get three different versions of the test that you can print and use as desired. As of 2012, downloading practice exams from Tabetest.com costs $23.95.