The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) youth programs use TABE, or Tests of Adult Basic Education, to assess basic literacy and numeracy levels in applicants. These tests enable the youth workers to establish skills deficiencies and evaluate the appropriate job or training required for the individual.
The system uses common measures which report literacy and numeracy gains using Educational Functioning Levels (EFLs) and the TABE is one of a few tests that can be translated into EFL.
In this way the test is usually run twice, as a pre-test to determine what needs to be improved and then a post-test, after a recommended minimum of 60 hours of instruction, which demonstrates what gains have been made.
Your youth worker will be trained to use the TABE results in formulating an Individual Service Strategy (ISS) for you, but although it is used as a valuable resource it is certainly not the only piece of information that they will reference. Their important decisions about you will be made by taking an overview of your needs, character, accomplishments and potential and while the test is a part of that it will not be the be all and end all.