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These supplemental tests help you determine if your adult students are ready for the newest high school equivalency (HSE) tests on the market today.

Subject Areas

  • Science, Social Studies,
    Algebra/Geometry, Writing

Scoring Options

  • Hand scoring
  • Local scanning
  • Immediate PC scoring

Assessment Types

  • Diagnostic
  • Summative
  • Formative

Delivery Formats

  • Paper and pencil
  • Computer-based (PC)
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Advanced-Level Tests are ideal for adult students who need additional practice in higher-level subjects before taking a HSE test. Subtests in Writing, Science, Social Studies, and Algebra/Geometry cover advanced skills as tested by the HSE tests and supplement the Reading, Language, Math, and Spelling subtests offered in the TABE Survey and Complete Battery. Scores reveal that a student has mastered the topics or that more instruction and practice are needed.

Prepare students for the writing test

The Writing subtest provides two essay prompts published in separate books, enabling you to pre- and post-test your students. The format is similar to the essay used in the current HSE tests. The writing score is used in conjunction with the language score to provide a composite score. The scoring system offers an easy-to-apply rubric and holistic scoring method.

Prepare students for Science and Social Studies subtests

The Science and Social Studies assessments are multiple-choice subtests that each contain 35 items. These cost-effective subtests are published together in one test book. You can administer the subtests together or at different times, depending on the needs of your students. Students who have mastered one subject can skip that subtest and concentrate on the other. The Science subtest assesses knowledge of basic science concepts, science inquiry processes, and science in relationship to technology, society, and history. The Social Studies subtest contains both stimulus-based and stand-alone items, all incorporating a variety of materials, including drawings and graphs. Stimulus-based items are designed to assess a range of thinking skills.

Evaluate higher math skills

The Algebra/Geometry subtest includes 60 multiple-choice items that reflect advanced math content. This subtest offers students an opportunity to improve higher-level math skills before attempting to take the HSE tests. These items are combined into one subtest, presented in a single test book. Test directions, score sheets, and a scoring stencil are available separately.

All TABE Adavanced Level tests are designed to support all HSE tests, and all assessments are an A level. Administrators have flexibility to select or skip a content area based on the student's needs, and test directions assist with administration.

Levels E, M, D, and A: Item Count and Test Times


of Items
Science35 multiple choice
Social Studies35 multiple choice
Writing2 essays published in separate books


TABE is based on current national standards, including:

  • National Council of Teachers of Math (NTCM)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NTCE)
  • International Reading Association (IRA)
  • High School Equivalency (HSE) Tests

Following are sample test items from the TABE Advanced level tests.


The Algebra/Geometry test offers students a chance to demonstrate mastery of higher-level mathematics skills needed in certain academic, vocational, technical, and employment situations, or before attempting the a HSE Mathematics test. These two subject areas are combined into one test and presented in a single test book containing 60 selected response items.

Social Studies

The Social Studies test contains both stimulus-based and stand-alone items. Items are based on a variety of material, including drawings and graphs. Groups of items associated with a stimulus assess a range of thinking skills.


The Science test assesses knowledge of basic science concepts, science inquiry processes, and science in relationship to technology, society, and history.


The Writing test provides two essay prompts, each published in a separate workbook for separate administrations. The format is similar to the Essay test used in the current GED Tests. The Writing test focuses on the ability to generate, organize, and express ideas related to specific issues, experiences, or knowledge.

Each Writing workbook contains:

  • A graphic representation of the topic, accompanied by a clearly stated writing prompt
  • A planning section for organizing the main ideas of the essay
  • A section for writing the essay

The complete Writing Assessment is a combination of the Writing test essay and the Language test from TABE 9&10, Complete Battery or Survey.