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.

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.

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.

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.

For some of the questions on the Reading: Evaluation section of the TABE, you will have to dig a little deeper than the printed words in the passage. To answer these questions correctly, you will need to take the information that is given and think critically about it. You might have to determine the author’s purpose or even predict what could happen next, based on clues from the passage.

The questions on the Reading: Recall section of the TABE require you to understand the meaning of words in context, recall details that are specifically given in a reading passage, and locate information that is presented in graphic form, such as on a table or chart. These questions do involve gaining meaning from the reading passage to find the necessary information, but you don’t necessarily have to translate what you’ve read into new thoughts.