I took the TABE a little over a month ago, and although I can't speak on behalf of any school but my own, I can say that my school required that you get all 12.0's in order to pass, and that is the equivalent of a 12th grade education. To my knowledge, the range of grades you can get on the TABE from lowest to highest is anywhere from a 9.0 (9th grade education) to a 12.9 (some college and beyond), and my school does not even acknowledge an 11.9 on any of the 4 sections if you are interested in the LPN program. It is mandatory that you be at 12th grade level (or better) in all four areas of knowledge pertaining to the TABE for any of the programs in the medical field. With that said, I have heard of instances where schools only require a score of 11.0 or better, but never any lower.
Not to discourage you or take away from anyone else, but I cannot possibly imagine ANY educational institution having such low standards as to accept a student with as minimal knowledge as a 6th grade education provides. If there were such an institution, I would be absolutely APPALLED and quite frankly in fear of my life, and the direction this country is moving in medically! I mean, imajine having a loved one in a nursing home (or any medical facility for that matter) knowing that aside from the year long LPN training received, your loved ones caretaker has no more than a 6th grade education!! :uhoh21::uhoh21::uhoh21: It is obvious that any school with such embarrassingly low standards would be in place primarily for their own financial benefits and I expect that their Nclex pass rates would reflect that.
Rather than following word of mouth and risking being underprepared, I would go in and speak with someone from the actual school, and have them clarify on exactly what is expected of potential students when taking the TABE, and possibly even look into whether or not they have study guides available that you can use to prepare. If they don't offer any study material, no worries, you can always google TABE. There are a ton of practice TABE questions on the web.