TABE Assessments

College & Career Readiness uses the computer-based TABE Assessment to place students in reading and math classes. The assessment is administered to new and returning students as a pre-test. Students will retake the assessment (post-test) to assess mastery of skills in their courses when they accumulate a designated number of classroom instruction hours. Students should plan for their testing session to last 3½ hours.

TABE testing is by appointment only Monday through Thursday. New students should email [email protected] to schedule an appointment. Continuing students will receive an email when it's time for them to schedule an appointment.

For more information, email ABE Coordinator Tonya Wells at [email protected].

Test duration


  • Locator - 35 minutes
  • Reading Part I - 50 minutes
  • Reading Part II - 50 minutes


  • Locator Part I - 10 minutes
  • Locator Part II - 10 minutes
  • Math Part I - up to 55 minutes (depending on level)
  • Math Part II - up to 35 minutes (depending on level)

Can I take the TABE at home?

Currently, Wake Tech offers only in-person testing options. 

How can I prepare for my in-person TABE test?

Please be prepared to arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment, with photo identification, such as a driver's license or passport.

If you are having any COVID-19 symptoms, you should reschedule your appointment for a later date.

What grade did I get on the TABE?

The assessment is not graded. Rather, it is used to place students in the appropriate classroom level of reading or math.

What are my next steps after pre-testing?

Congratulations, you have completed the first two steps of the enrollment process. Your third step is to meet with advisors to obtain a class schedule. An advisor will contact you to set up a meeting time.

How will I know it is time to post-test?

You will receive an eligibility email from the Testing Department with instructions for scheduling your post-test. Please schedule your post-test within 72 hours of notification.

What are my next steps after post-testing?

Return to class, and your instructor will review your progress.

How many times do I need to post-test?

We will continue to assess your mastery until you are promoted to the next reading or math level. This metric is different for every student.