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Here’s why you need to know about the TABE. Going back to college (or trade school or technical school) after being out of high school for several years or decades can be a daunting and bewildering experience. Juniors and seniors in high school have all kinds of people and resources to turn to when it comes to navigating the college application process: parents, teachers, guidance counselors, peers who are also applying, etc. Older people hoping to start college later in life generally don’t have access to these same resources; they’re left to fend for themselves, and have to figure much of this stuff out on their own. One of the biggest areas of confusion is which test (or tests) a person must take before enrolling in college, which is where the TABE comes in.
So where does the TABE fit in? If you’re confused, it’s easy to understand why. After all, in the realm of tests related to college admissions, in addition to the TABE, there’s the ACT test, the SAT exam, the COMPASS, the ASSET exam, CLEP tests, AP tests, GED tests, the CPAt test, and many more. On top of this confusing number of exams, there is also a ton of paperwork and other essentials that must be taken care of when applying to school. It’s certainly easy to start feeling overwhelmed. However, the TABE is easy enough to understand once you discover what it’s all about.
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Essentially, the TABE is a placement test. (The name stands for Test of Adult Basic Education.) It’s used by trade schools, technical schools and some colleges to give them a good idea of what level of academic challenge you’re ready to face. The test covers the basics of reading, English and math. Based on your test scores, schools will decide if you’re up to the challenge without further preparation, and if so, whether you can take basic, intermediate or advanced courses, or if you need remedial courses in some areas before taking on actual college credit courses, or if it might be best for you to wait until you’ve gotten better prepared to tackle college courses. There are other programs that might require you to take the TABE, such as GED prep classes and Adult Education programs. One thing to keep in mind is that there is no “passing” score, as such. Every school or program will have guidelines and standards in place, and they’ll determine where your score places you based on those standards. Also, a low score does not necessarily mean that you can never go to college. It just means that you might have to put in some hard work to accomplish your goals.
TABE test breakdown
For Questions 1 and 2, select the complete sentence that is written correctly.
a. A group of six people are affected.
b. This box of papers belong in the desk
c. A collection of stamps is selling for a dollar.
d. Two hundred cars, every hour, cross the bridge.
a. Renting a movie is less fun than the excitement of being there.
b. Her native language, French was easier for her to speak than English.
c. In a challenging environment, she found the best in herself.
d. We went shopping for a new camera, most were digital models.
For Questions 3 and 4, select the answer that best combines the underlined sentences into one.
3. The center fielder broke the season record for home runs.
He was handsomely rewarded.
a. The handsome center fielder was rewarded for breaking the season record for home runs.
b. The center fielder was handsomely rewarded, breaking the season record for home runs.
c. The center fielder was handsomely rewarded for breaking the season record for home runs.
d. The handsomely rewarded center fielder broke the season record for home runs.
4. The mechanic performed a number of diagnostic tests on the car.
The mechanic used a computer to perform the diagnostic tests.
a. While performing a number of diagnostic tests on the car, the mechanic used a computer to perform the tests.
b. Although the mechanic used a computer, he performed a number of diagnostic tests on the car.
c. Because he used a computer, the mechanic performed a number of diagnostic tests on the car.
d. The mechanic used a computer to perform a number of diagnostic tests on the car.
5. 4.73 - 2.13 =
e. None of these
6. Solve the equation for x: x + 7 = 11
a. x = 3
b. x = 4
c. x = -4
d. x = -3
e. None of these
7. Bob buys the newspaper every day for $1.50. If he subscribes, he pays only $3.50 per week for seven issues. How much will his weekly savings be if he subscribes?
8. During a 60 minute television show, the entertainment portion lasted 15 minutes less than 4 times the advertising portion. How long was the entertainment portion?
a. 30 minutes
b. 40 minutes
c. 45 minutes
d. 50 minutes
1. C: In choices A and B the subject is singular ("group" of "box"), so that a singular verb is called for, not the plural verb shown.
2. C: In this sentence, an introductory clause is correctly set off by a comma. Choice A lacks parallel construction, since the act of renting a movie should be compared with the act of going to one, rather than with "excitement". Choice B has an unnecessary comma. Choice D should be rewritten as Two hundred cars cross the bridge every hour.
3. C: This choice makes explicit that the center fielder was rewarded because he broke the season record. Choice B suggests that breaking the record was itself a reward. Choice D suggests that he was being well rewarded (i.e., well paid) even before breaking the record.
4. D: This choice makes it clear that the mechanic used the computer in order to perform the tests. Choice A makes the use of the computer appear incidental, while Choice C suggests that the mechanic was obliged to perform the tests because he used a computer.
5. B: Set up the subtraction as shown, and subtract each digit beginning at the right:br />
6. B: Isolate the variable, x, on the left side of the equation by subtracting 7 from each side. This leaves x = 11 - 7 = 4.
7. D: If Bob buys the paper every day for $1.50, in 7 days he will spend 7 x $1.50 = $10.50. If he subscribes, he spends only $3.50. Therefore, his savings is the difference $10.50 - $3.50 = $7.00.
8. C: Write two equations to express the problem. Since the entertainment portion (E) lasted 15 minutes less than 4 times the advertising portion (A), the first equation is E = 4A - 15 Since both sections add up to the total show length, 60 minutes, the second equation is E + A = 60 . Substituting the first equation into the second yields 4A - 15 + A = 60 , which is equivalent to 5A = 75. Dividing both sides of this equation by 5 shows that A = 15 minutes. Now, since E + A = 60, it follows that E = 60 - 15 = 45 minutes.
by Enoch Morrison
Last Updated: 12/09/2013
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