Unlike many other standardized tests, the Tests of Adult Basic Education, or TABE, are designed specifically for adult test takers. The tests are used to show whether or not the test-taker has mastered the subjects of language, reading, and math. The TABE are generally used as a placement exam for adult education programs, including English-as-a-Second-Language and vocational programs. The math section of the TABE is split into two sections, the math computation and the applied math sections, with a total of 50 questions.
Read the TABE study guide instructions carefully. Go through the math section of the guide, answering one question at a time. Circle the sample questions that you find difficult. This way, you can identify what mathematical concepts you need to study. Common concepts include work with fractions, decimals, integers, division, multiplication, percentages and some algebraic problems. Other concepts include geometry, measurements and interpretation of data.
Check the answers for the difficult math problems. Work through the given answers and then attempt to redo the questions. If the questions are still too difficult, find online resources that address similar problems. Concepts also include measurements, geometry, problem solving and data interpretation. Online resources can be found on state adult education websites and in some libraries. Resources include practice problems, tutorials and tips.
Read the instructions for the math section of the practice test carefully. Set your timer to the time designated in the instructions. Complete the problems with the timer running. This will help you to work under pressure and will help you to get a feel for the actual testing process. Be sure to skip any problems that you do not know how to answer.
Review the questions that gave you trouble during the practice test. Again, you can use online sources and sample problems to help you to solve difficult problems before the test.
Things You Will Need
- TABE study guide
- Remember to relax when practicing for and taking the test. Relaxing helps your mind to stay clear and keeps you from making mistakes.
- Eat a healthy breakfast on the day of the test for energy and sustenance.
- Don't second-guess yourself. If you think that your first choice is the answer, chances are that you may be right.
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