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1 TABE CLAS-E Tutorial How to use it.

2 What is it? TABE – Tests of Adult Basic Education CLAS – Complete Language Assessment E – English An ESL assessment tool we use with students who score above 540 using the BEST Plus oral interview

3 This student needs TABE CLAS-E Anything more than 540 points – above level 6 on BEST Plus

4 You’ll need three things to get started. 1). Locator Test – Blank Answer Sheet 3 samples to do all together; 15 questions: 15 minutes These questions are not graded, but give the teacher a basic idea to use for initial placement.

5 2). Locator Test – Specific Directions …with scripts to talk them through the sample questions. Remind students NOT to write in the test books, but only on the answer sheet.

6 3). R/W Locator – Part 1 The samples are all on the front page. Subsequent pages are a two-fold spread; the reading section on the left with related questions on the right. The leveled reading test is laid out the same way.

7 Grade the Locator and Assign the Student a Specific Testing Level The Key for grading the locator test is located at the back of the Locator Test Directions Total number correct in the allotted time determines which level test to administer.

8 Give the Student a Blank Answer Sheet and Mark the Correct Level and Test Circle correct level Circle correct testing form – B first then A or vice/versa Sample box shows the correct way to mark answers

9 There is one pack of instructions that contains all three sets of specific directions. Reading 25 Q – 25 min Writing 20 Q – 20 min Expository Writing Folio approx 30 min If you do all the tests at one sitting, expect to spend around two hours

10 Each Student Needs…. ….a Blank Answer Sheet with their Level (2/3/4) and Form (A/B) clearly marked

11 …a copy of the two Test Booklets (Reading and Writing), as well as the Expository Writing Folio Be sure the levels match what’s marked on the answer sheet

12 Provide the student with a quiet place to work and set the timer.

13 When the student is finished, the teacher will need to grade it. There are keys for each level – 2A/2B 3A/3B 4A/4B The expository writing section is graded by a rubric rather than a key. We’ll look at this a little later. I realize this is the old version of our score sheet, but you get the idea – sorry!

14 How to Grade the Multiple Choice Sections I put the total number correct at the bottom of each column as I go along

15 The total correct for reading goes in the box on the top left of the page.

16 Grade the writing multiple choice questions the same way.

17 But the total correct goes in the “Writing Subtotal” line at the top middle of the page.

18 Now - How to Grade the Expository Writing Folio The Writing Portfolio contains 5 items The level of the test will determine which rubric(s) you use. Since we only use this test with advanced speakers, I’ve never had to give a “zero,” but if you do, you must explain why.

19 I put notes on the individual rubrics to indicate when they should be used.

20 You’ll need the rubric, the writing portfolio, and the student answer sheet. Using the correct rubric, grade each item as “Effective,” “Adequate,” “Inadequate,” or “Zero.” For the final essay, you can also give a “Fluent” score.

21 Add up the Expository Writing Subtotal and write it on the correct line at the top right.

22 Now, add to find the writing total and write it in the “Writing Total” box.

23 Find the Scoring Table that matches the specific test you are grading. Reading or Writing Level 2, 3, or 4 Form A or B

24 Find the Raw Score and write down the equivalent Scale Score and Functioning Level. I realize this is the old version of our answer sheet, but you get the idea – sorry!

25 I usually also note what score is needed to progress to the next level. I realize this is the old version of our answer sheet, but you get the idea – sorry!

26 Follow the same procedure for both reading and writing.

27 Until you have two scores and two levels. Now, you may choose which area (reading/writing) to concentrate on, or you may work in both areas and re-test in both areas. Only submit one score to the office. Usually, you can use the other area next year. I realize this is the old version of our answer sheet, but you get the idea – sorry!

28 After this year, this student will need to switch to regular TABE and GED class. No more progress is possible in writing. He’s already doing Level 4 Hopefully, this year he’ll move from L5 to L6 in Reading. I realize this is the old version of our answer sheet, but you get the idea – sorry!

29 When do I switch to a higher level test? when a student gets only one or two questions wrong in a section when the raw score indicates a functional level with a “plus sign” (+)

30 There is an Individual Diagnostic Profile Sheet available for each Level and Form ReadingWriting Circle the number of the actual question the student got wrong and it’ll give you a general idea about a problem area to work on. But it’s not nearly as helpful as the regular TABE diagnostic sheet

31 Thanks for your Time and Attention Contact the office or Dawn with any further questions or clarifications


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