TABE 11&12 – New Maximum Testing Times and More!

TABE 11&12 – New Maximum Testing Times and More!

Have you heard that DRC (Data Recognition Corporation) recently announced a reduction in the allowable time for students to complete each TABE® 11&12 subtest? These new, shorter testing times should be shared with all test administrators.

According to DRC, student test-takers weren’t using the full amount of allowable time, so they submitted a request to the U.S. Department of Education to reduce the maximum allowable time that students could have to complete each subtest of TABE 11&12.

View the new test maximum allowable times >>

Each level of the Math test has decreased by a total of 10 minutes. The Reading tests have decreased by 10 minutes per part, for a total of 20 minutes per level. And the Language test has decreased by 5 minutes per level.

If you administer TABE as an online test, the new times have been in place since August 29. For those who administer the paper test, but are using the local scanning tool, and therefore have access to the TABE Portal, the newly update TABE Paper and Pencil Test Directions are posted and accessible in the TABE Portal.

GED Age Waiver

When students are applying for an age waiver for the GED test, one option is to take the TABE 11&12. The learner must take Form A and score at least 617 on both the reading and the math subtests to qualify.

Webinar Series

DRC provides a series of webinars that present TABE 11&12 best practices. The series is designed to share ideas learned from other programs that have implemented TABE 11&12. All of the webinars were recorded, so they can be viewed at (Click on “Resources” > “TABE 11&12” > “TABE Webinar Series”) At the bottom of the list of recorded webinars, you can sign up to receive notifications of upcoming webinars.

Support Staff Conference

Remember that registration for the Support Staff Conference is due by Wednesday, October 30. The conference will be held Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8, at the Minnesota Department of Education (1500 Commerce Street, Roseville, MN). Registration is free!

Follow this link and fill out the form: For more information about the conference, and a link to the travel scholarship information and application, go to

Marty Olsen, Coordinator SW ABE - South