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Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)

The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a computer-based test that assesses skills and aptitudes in reading, math, and English.

Although there's no such thing as passing or failing the TABE test, your scores are used to determine your eligibility for many programs offered at TCC.

Why You Might Need the TABE

The TABE Assessment is required for enrolling in:

  • HSE Test Prep program (which offers GED/HiSET prep courses)
  • Health Sciences certificate programs (part of the Trinity River Campus non-credit program offerings)

Health Sciences Certificate Programs Requiring TABE

The following certificate programs require the TABE:

Registering for the TABE

To register for the TABE,

  1. Contact the HSE Test Prep program's Community Education and Engagement office, or an advisor for your Health Sciences certificate program. They will begin your application process and give you a test referral.
  2. Request a date to take your test.
  3. Take the TABE on your scheduled date.
  4. Contact the advisor from step 1 to review your score and go over next steps.

What to Expect During the TABE

Retests are not allowed. Be prepared to test before you arrive to take the TABE.


3–5 hours (depending on your program's admission requirements)

ID Requirements

All students must show one of the following current IDs to take the TABE:

  • Driver's license (A DMV receipt for ID renewal may be presented with an expired ID)
  • State-issued ID card
  • Passport

Expired IDs, photocopies, or digital pictures of IDs will not be accepted.

Studying for the TABE

The following online resources can help you prepare to take the TABE:


Contact your campus Testing Center for more information.

Updated April 05, 2022