TABE - Test of Adult Basic Education Pre-Admission Test

bubble sheetThe test of adult basic education is designed to measure achievement in reading, mathematics, language and vocabulary.

The test focuses on the basic skills required for a person to function in society. All items and passages in the TABE are as free as possible from ethnic, age and gender bias.

NMU administers the survey form of the TABE. This version consists of six tests: vocabulary, reading, comprehension, mathematics computation, mathematics concepts and applications, language mechanics and language expression.

The TABE is published by CTB/McGraw-Hill, a division of McGraw-Hill School Publishing Company.

Students who are required by the Admissions Office to take a pre-admission test must contact ACAC-JCO office.

  • Tests are given free of charge at NMU. Call 906-227-2283 for an appointment.
  • Tests may be taken at a site other than the NMU campus. Contact ACAC-JCO for more information.
  • Interpretation of all results will be made by the ACAC-JCO staff.

Frequently asked questions

Why do I have to take the TABE?
The Admissions Office reviews a number of factors when determining who needs pre-admission testing. These include your high school grade point average and your ACT or SAT score.

Is this something I can study for?
Sure. Review skills for each of the six testing areas: vocabulary, reading comprehension, mathematics computation, mathematics concepts and applications, language mechanics and language expression. You may need to go your local library to obtain some books on the subject areas.

Will I be admitted to NMU if I take the TABE?
You are not guaranteed admission just by completing the TABE test. A recommendation will be made to the Admissions Office based on your test results.

What happens after I take the TABE?
If you do not take the TABE at NMU, the test results need to be forwarded to the ACAC-JCO office by the person who administered the test. The ACAC-JCO staff will make a recommendation to the Admissions Office based on your test results. You should receive a letter from the Admissions Office informing you of their decision.

Disability Accommodations for Prospective Students

Prospective students requesting accommodations for preadmission testing at Northern Michigan University will need to provide documentation that supports their request.

Any testing accommodations need to be requested, in writing, in advance of the time the accommodations are needed. Two weeks advance notice is required.

As a matter of clarification, the following should be noted:

  • The maximum extended time is time and a half.
  • Calculators are not permitted.
  • Test readers may only read the printed matter aloud. They may not define, re-word or explain items.

To determine what documentation may be necessary, contact the coordinator in Disability Services by calling 906-227-1700.