 ## Sections of the TABE Test

### Language: Mechanics and Usage

Part of the Language test is devoted to testing your ability to use the correct mechanics of proper English. These Language: Mechanics and Usage questions deal with punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and correct word usage. Normally, they refer to a given sentence.

### Language: Paragraphs

Like the name suggests, the Language: Paragraphs section of the TABE will ask you to analyze a paragraph. You may be required to pick a sentence that best fits in a certain place in the paragraph or to tell which sentence should be eliminated to make the paragraph more effective. It will be important for you to understand how a paragraph is best organized for clear meaning.

### Mathematics: Applied

During the Mathematics: Applied section of the TABE, you will be allowed to use a calculator. You will be given information about a mathematical situation and you will have to decide how to use the numbers and which operations to use to solve the problem. Think “word problem” in math.

To do well on this section, you will need to take information from text and choose the appropriate operation with the correct numbers given. You will be required to do the four basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) with these types of numbers, depending on which test level you take. The test level in which the type of number appears is listed in parentheses here.

• whole numbers (E,M)
• decimals (E, M, D)
• fractions (M, D, A)
• integers (D, A)
• percents (D, A)
• algebraic (A)

You will also need to know the Order of Operations for test level A.

### Mathematics: Computation

In the Mathematics: Computation section of the TABE, you will simply be asked to perform operations with the numbers given in order to find the correct answer. You may not use a calculator on this section as your skills in calculation are being evaluated.

You will need to know how to do the four basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) with some of these types of numbers, depending on which test level you take. The test level in which the type of number appears is listed in parentheses here.

whole numbers (E,M)
decimals (E, M, D)
fractions (M, D, A)
integers (D, A)
percents (D, A)
algebraic (A)

You will also need to know the Order of Operations for test level A.

You will have 24 minutes to complete the 40 questions in this section of the TABE.