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TABE Complete Language Assessment System–English (TABE CLAS–E™) provides you with the resources you need to assess the reading, listening, writing, and speaking skills of adult English language learners. Scores are linked to TABE 9&10, which helps ease your students' transition into the nation's leading adult basic education programs.

Subject Areas

  • English Language Proficiency: Reading,
    Listening, Writing, Speaking

Assessment Types

  • Diagnostic
  • Summative
  • Formative

Delivery Format

  • Paper and pencil

Scoring Options

  • Hand scoring
  • Local scanning

Case Study

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TABE CLAS–E is an integrated system of assessments, instructional guidance, and staff development materials designed to measure adult learners' English language proficiency and aid in transitioning learners into mainstream education programs or career paths.

TABE CLAS–E provides you with the resources to assess the language proficiency of adult English language learners in the areas of reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Scores are linked to TABE 9&10, which helps ease your students' transition into the nation's leading adult basic education programs.

The items and passages in TABE CLAS–E focus on workplace, community, and education contexts that are practical and familiar and that will motivate adult learners. The TABE CLAS–E items are aligned with the NRS English as a Second Language (ESL) Educational Functioning Level Descriptors, Student Performance Levels, and several state standards for English language proficiency. TABE CLAS–E makes it easy for you to pinpoint student strengths and areas of opportunity and to demonstrate student gains for NRS reporting purposes.


  • Locator Test for accurate initial placement
  • Easy computer-based local scoring
  • Proven, research-based test questions
  • Scale score, NRS ESL scores, and Student Performance Levels
  • Links to instructional materials, including the All-Star series from McGraw-Hill ESL/ELT
  • Alignment to key adult education ESL standards
  • Instructional staff guidance materials designed for classes with learners at different proficiency levels
  • Interactive staff development DVD for individual or group training sessions

TABE CLAS-E score reports

Get a complete picture of the skill level and progress of your students with these score reports:

  • Individual Student Report
  • Item Analysis Report
  • Pre- and Post-Test Report
  • Prescriptive Report
  • Group List Report
  • Assessment Summary Report
  • Rank List Report

DRC|CTB subject matter experts created the test objectives and proficiency levels after a thorough examination fo several sets of state and international standards.

Reading, Forms A and BQuantitative LiteracyNumbers and Numeracy Terms
Read WordsMorphemes and Syntax
Words and Phrases
Same Meaning
Opposite Meaning
Appropriate Associated Information
Reading ComprehensionIdentify information
Construct Meaning
Extend Meaning
Listening, Forms A and BQuantitative LiteracyNumbers and Numeracy Terms
Listen for InformationDiscern Sounds
Stated Concepts
Interpersonal SkillsIdiom/Expression
Determine Roles
Interpret MeaningCause/Effect
Main Idea
Speaker Purpose
Writing, Forms A and BQuantitative LiteracyNumbers and Numeracy Terms
Usage and ConventionsVerb Phrases
Noun Phrases
Writing Conventions
Sentence Formation and CoherenceSentence Formation
Sentence Coherence
Expository WritingWrite to Describe
Write to Accomplish Tasks
Extended Writing
Speaking, Forms A and BQuantitative LiteracyNumbers and Numeracy Terms
Social InteractionGreetings/Inquiries/Leave-Takings
Phone Competency
Express Opinion
Provide InformationInstructions/Directions/Locations
Narrate/Paraphrase Events
Accomplish GoalsRequests/Permission
Express Dissatisfaction/Apology
Negotiate Meaning


Skill Area

Total Items
Testing Time
Expository Writing Folio527


TABE CLAS-E aligns with key U.S. standards for adult education English as a Second Language (ESL), as well as the Common European Framework and the National Reporting System (NRS) core measures for literacy.

NRS Outcome Measures Alignment

Below are sample test items from the Reading and Listening tests.

Reading, Level 1

To assess students' reading proficiency, the Reading test employs realistic document-based passages such as schedules, forms, flyers, store receipts, advertisements, product instructions, and newsletters. Lower-level students also answer discrete, picture-based items. Assessed Reading objectives include quantitative literacy, read words—e.g., applying knowledge of morphemes and syntax, word meaning, and appropriate associated information—and reading comprehension.

Listening, Level 1

With the use of a CD or audiocassette, the Listening test presents items in a spoken format of varying lengths. Familiar adult contexts are used to assess students in meaningful work, community, and education situations. Students are tested in quantitative literacy, listening comprehension, and interpersonal skills.