TABE Exam Topics Cover:

Understanding main ideas and supporting details

Identifying the author’s purpose and point of view

Making inferences and drawing conclusions

Understanding cause and effect relationships

Analyzing themes, settings, and characters in fiction and non-fiction

Interpreting figurative language and literary devices

Analyzing structure and organization of texts

Interpreting graphs, charts, and tables

Identifying arguments and claims, and assessing evidence

Basic arithmetic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)

Working with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percentages

Word problems involving real-world scenarios

Basic algebraic expressions and equations

Understanding ratios, proportions, and rates

Geometry basics: properties of shapes, perimeter, area, and volume

Data interpretation: reading and interpreting graphs and charts

Basic probability and statistics

Parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.)

Sentence structure and formation

Subject-verb agreement

Pronoun-antecedent agreement

Correct usage of punctuation and capitalization

Writing coherent and cohesive paragraphs

Developing a thesis statement and supporting arguments

Writing summaries, essays, and reports

Revising and editing written work for clarity and correctness

Understanding and applying correct spelling rules

Expanding vocabulary through context clues

Using synonyms and antonyms appropriately

Understanding homophones and commonly confused words

Identifying and correcting run-on sentences and fragments

Using compound and complex sentences effectively

Proper use of commas, periods, quotation marks, colons, and semicolons

Understanding and applying correct punctuation in various contexts

Rules for capitalizing proper nouns, titles, and the beginnings of sentences

Analyzing and evaluating arguments and evidence

Identifying logical fallacies and biases in texts

Applying mathematical concepts to solve practical problems

Developing strategies for complex problem-solving tasks

Weighing evidence and considering alternatives

Making informed decisions based on analysis and reasoning

Strategies for managing time effectively during the exam

Techniques for narrowing down choices

Educated guessing when unsure of the answer

Building confidence through preparation and practice

Identifying the main idea in paragraphs and passages

Distinguishing between main ideas and supporting details

Understanding why the author wrote the text

Recognizing persuasive techniques and biases

Drawing logical conclusions based on evidence

Making inferences about characters, settings, and events

Identifying cause and effect relationships in texts

Understanding how actions and events are linked

Identifying the central themes and messages

Analyzing the setting and its impact on the story

Understanding character motivations and development

Analyzing plot structure: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution

Identifying metaphors, similes, personification, and symbolism

Understanding their effects on the text

Identifying text structures: chronological, cause/effect, compare/contrast, problem/solution

Understanding organizational patterns and their purposes

Interpreting data from various graphical representations

Drawing conclusions from visual data

Identifying main arguments and supporting evidence

Evaluating the strength and validity of arguments

Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals

Converting between fractions, decimals, and percentages

Simplifying fractions and performing arithmetic operations with them

Calculating percentages, percentage increase/decrease, and discounts

Solving real-world problems involving arithmetic operations

Using logical reasoning to interpret and solve problems

Understanding and manipulating variables and constants

Solving linear equations and inequalities

Solving problems involving ratios and proportions

Understanding and calculating rates (e.g., speed, density)

Properties and characteristics of shapes (triangles, rectangles, circles, etc.)

Calculating perimeter, area, and volume of geometric shapes

Reading and interpreting bar graphs, line graphs, pie charts, and histograms

Understanding measures of central tendency (mean, median, mode)

Basic concepts of probability

Understanding and interpreting statistical data

Nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections

Identifying and constructing simple, compound, and complex sentences

Avoiding run-on sentences and sentence fragments

Correct use of commas, periods, exclamation points, question marks, colons, and semicolons

Rules for capitalizing proper nouns, titles, and sentence beginnings

Writing clear and coherent paragraphs with a topic sentence, supporting details, and a concluding sentence

Developing a thesis statement and organizing an essay logically

Using transitions to connect ideas smoothly

Revising for clarity, coherence, and logical flow

Editing for grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors

Understanding common spelling rules and exceptions

Using context clues to determine word meanings

Understanding synonyms, antonyms, and homophones

Differentiating between commonly confused words (e.g., their/there/they’re)

Constructing and punctuating compound and complex sentences correctly

Identifying and correcting sentence fragments and run-on sentences

Using commas in lists, after introductory elements, and to separate clauses

Using semicolons to link closely related independent clauses

Using quotation marks correctly in dialogue and direct quotations

Capitalizing names, titles, and other proper nouns

Analyzing and evaluating the logic and evidence in arguments

Identifying logical fallacies and biases

Reading critically to assess the validity of texts and arguments

Applying mathematical concepts to solve complex problems

Using step-by-step strategies to approach and solve problems

Making decisions based on careful analysis of information and evidence

Considering multiple perspectives and potential outcomes

Allocating time wisely for each section of the test

Pacing oneself to ensure all questions are answered

Tackling easier questions first to secure quick points

Returning to more challenging questions with remaining time

Eliminating clearly wrong answers to narrow choices

Making educated guesses when unsure

Understanding exactly what each question is asking

Avoiding common pitfalls and traps in question wording

Practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing

Building confidence through consistent study and practice

Regularly taking full-length practice tests to familiarize with the format and timing

Analyzing performance to identify areas for improvement