Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about Accommodations
TABE 9 and then TABE 10
TABE 10 and then TABE 9
In each of these recommend pre- and post-test combinations, your program would be testing with different forms of TABE that are on the same scale in order to measure gains. The student is not taking the same set of test questions in these scenarios. If a student were to be pre-tested and post-tested with the same form, DRC|CTB’s best practices recommendation would be to wait six months before re-testing in order to eliminate a score that might be invalid due to the practice effect, or the effect of seeing the same questions in a short time frame. There is no recommended minimum number of hours of instruction that must occur if a different form or different level of the TABE pre-test is administered as a post-test.
After a program of study, it should be determined if a student has advanced to a new level before he or she is re-tested. Advancement may be indicated by a very high score on the original pre-test, extraordinary progress in class, or a higher score upon re-administration of the Locator. If the teacher judges that the student has advanced from Level E to Level M, a Level M post-test should be administered. Because all levels of TABE are calibrated on the same scale, results may be compared across levels.
Some TABE administrators have made other accommodations such as allowing extra time to complete the test or letting students mark answers in test booklets rather than on separate answer sheets.