All students entering are pre-tested before being placed in classes. Test results are used to determine initial placement, instructional content, academic advancement and remediation when needed. Depending on the program, one of the following tests will be administered:
Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
The TABE is used to establish a student’s literacy level in Reading, Math, and Language. It is administered to all students entering vocational, GED and adult high school completion classes. If student’s test scores exceed the required academic level for their chosen course (GED or high school completion), no further testing is necessary. When students fall below the required level, they are placed in Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes and post-tested at the end of the school trimester. If the required level is achieved on the post-test, students can enter their programs. TABE score requirements for vocational students vary according to the occupational program. In most cases, where students score low on the TABE they are allowed to participate in the program while simultaneously undertaking remedial work to improve their academic levels.
Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS)
The CASAS test is administered to students entering English language classes. It consists of Reading and Listening components. After pre-testing, the lower of the two scores is used for placement in one of six ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) levels ranging from Foundations to Advanced. After participating in ESOL classes for at least 70 hours and making adequate academic progress, students can take the post-test. The results of the post-test will determine whether they advance to the next level or continue for further instruction at the same level. Itemized test reports generated from the CASAS are also used by ESOL teachers to tailor instruction to students’ needs.
English Literacy for Career and Technical Education (EL CATE)
English language learners who score at Intermediate level or above on the CASAS reading test may be placed in ELCATE classes. The instruction in these courses is specifically tailored to support student career pathways. Advancement through the three levels of ELCATE is determined by administering the Employability Competency Skills reading test (ECS) as a post-test.
Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)
The FCAT is given at South Dade Adult main campus twice a year, in March and October. Students who want to earn a Florida High School Diploma must attain a passing score in both Reading and Math. Adult students enrolled at the center as well as walk-in students, no longer enrolled in school, may register to take the test. Registration begins approximately one month prior to the test date.
End of Course Exams (EOC)
High school students in the State of Florida are now required to take an end of course exams (EOC) in certain subject areas for graduation purposes. Students taking any of the above courses should speak to the counselor about testing requirements.
For further information about any of the above tests and for testing schedules, please visit the testing center in room H-8 Monday- Thursday 8 am to 8:30 pm. Friday 8 am to 3 pm. The testing center is closed on Friday after 3 pm.