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Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)

TABE® is a comprehensive and reliable academic assessment. Educators use TABE testing to provide a solid foundation for effectively assessing the skills and knowledge of adult learners. The TABE test is aligned to the national College and Career Readiness Standards for the three core subject areas: Reading, Mathematics, and Language. TABE 11 and 12 tests are secure, reliable, and valid assessments used to assess the achievement of examinees on core content areas taught and assessed as part of the NFTC Adult Basic Education program.

Additionally, Section 1004.91, Florida Statutes ( F. S.), Career-Preparatory Instruction requires students who enroll in a program offered for career credit to complete an entry-level examination. The purpose of testing is to determine the extent of basic skills mastery and to evaluate the need for necessary academic instruction. This applies to all postsecondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) students and includes secondary students dually enrolled in postsecondary CTE certificate programs (of 450 clock hour or more). A complete listing of TABE scores and requirements is provided below.

Throughout the years, CTE has focused on teaching technical competencies and related academic skills that prepare students to enter and advance in a variety of career fields and postsecondary education. An essential element in career preparation is identifying career goals and selecting appropriate training programs. A clear understanding of academic expectations will better prepare students when making career decisions and accomplishing their goal of successfully completing CTE programs. It is important for students to understand the relationship between basic skills and success in his or her chosen CTE program. Improving his or her skills will help foster success in CTE programs and in future employment.

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Exemptions

Students may be exempt from the TABE requirement if:

  1. They have a college degree at the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) level or higher.
  2. You passed the GED test in 2014, or any year thereafter, and entered a post-secondary school within 2 years after testing. 
  3. They are an active member of any branch of the United States Armed Services.
  4. Enrolled in an apprenticeship program that is registered with the Department of Education in accordance with Chapter 446.
  5. They have passed a state or national industry certification or licensure examination that is identified in State Board of Education rules and is aligned to the career education program in which they are enrolled.
  6. They entered ninth grade in a Florida Public School in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, and earned a Florida standard high school diploma.

Students with a documented, qualifying disability may also be exempt from the TABE test requirements for program completion. All exemptions require documentation, diplomas, or transcripts, as applicable.

Career and Technical Education Remediation

Students who do not meet basic skill requirements as outline in the Florida Department of Education Curriculum Frameworks shall attend basic skills remediation. Students may retake the TABE test to achieve the appropriate score for their program of study after meeting state and publisher’s guidelines for post-testing or with permission and written documentation from the NFTC program director.

If the student does not meet the basic skills requirements for completion, is not exempt, or does not pass an identified licensure examination or certification, the student cannot be reported as a full program completer from the final Occupational Completion Point (OCP) and cannot earn a local Career Certificate of Completion.

Test scores may be accepted from one public institution to another provided they are less than two (2) years old and are transmitted electronically (or mailed in a sealed envelope) from the institution that administered the test. Unofficial score reports will not be accepted.

Test scores may be accepted as long as they are less than two (2) years old at time of enrollment. If the student remains enrolled for a period of more than two years, the scores would remain valid for as long as the student is enrolled. If the student has a break in enrollment of longer than one year, the student must be retested.

Grade Level Requirements to Achieve Certificate

Determining Residency for Tuition Purposes

Residency information applies to all CTE students. In order to qualify for Florida resident tuition, legal residence must be dated, issued, or filed 12 months before entering the first day of any program. All documents provided are subject to verification.

If a student (or student’s parent or legal guardian in the case of a dependent student) has lived in Florida for 12 consecutive months or more before the first day of classes of the term for which residency status is sought, he or she may qualify for Florida Residency for tuition purposes. This means that the State of Florida will pay a portion of the student’s fees. Non-residents will be required to pay the full cost of instruction, or out-of-state fees.

Upon application to North Florida Technical College each prospective student who is claiming Florida residency shall provide clear and convincing evidence that establishes that he or she, or if a dependent, the student’s parent or legal guardian, has been a Florida resident for the preceding twelve consecutive months. No single piece of documentation shall be conclusive according to State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.014; therefore, North Florida Technical College will ask for two pieces of documentation.

At least two of the following documents must be submitted with dates that evidence a 12-month qualifying period.

First Tier: (at least one of the two documents submitted must be from this list)

Second Tier: (may be used in conjunction with one document from First Tier)

Unacceptable forms of identification include Social Security Cards, Hunting/Fishing Licenses, Library Cards, Shopping club/rental cards, Birth Certificates, Cell Phone Bill, and Passports.

Transfer of Students from Out of School

Upon receipt of a transcript from an accredited institution, occupational completion points may be applied to the course/program of enrollment if comparable. Competence checks not included in an occupational completion point are also available for previously learned knowledge and skills.

Transfer of Students within the School

Students may drop a class and enroll in any other class or program on a space available basis. Competencies earned prior to the withdrawal would be used to determine if the student had reached an occupational completion point or literacy completion point prior to the withdrawal. The competencies may also be transferred to the new course/program if appropriate. The attendance record will transfer to the new course/program.

High School Student Enrollment

Bradford and Union County High School students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 may attend the North Florida Technical College and earn elective credits. Tuition, fees, and books are free. Some courses require equipment and/or uniform costs. Certain programs require a minimum of two periods per day. Contact your school counselor or a Student Services representative for additional information on courses available to high school students.