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I need TABE help...lol i am so excited!!! I start school in FALL for PCT!!!

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I am sooo excited!! I got approved for the WIA program and believe I am going to go Chattahouchee Tech in Marietta. It will only take 4 months to get certified. I previously worked as a CNA in nursing homes and also as a PCT in the ICU of Cartersville Medical Center. I am nervous because I have been out of this field for about 10 years but soo thrilled since it is my passion!!! I will go further to get my RN degree. I do need some advice I am taking the TABE test on the 16th. They referred me to website but it just had a bunch of links that made you buy something. I need help and Im low on cash. Also I was wondering if I should start job shopping. Does anyone have any leads?? I prefer hospital work since I have experience in that environment.

Congrats!! Getting WIA money is not easy these days!! I used to administer the TABE! The program that I used to teach for did a pre-test called a Locator to see which level TABE you took but then the state changed it and everyone got the Medium level. Don't spend any money prepping for the TABE!! It's basic Reading and Math (a little Algebra and Geometry also) which you can find online as there are loads of sites. The Math is what I saw trip people up the most since we don't sit around converting back and forth between fractions, decimals and percents and remembering all of the rounding rules and when to add zeros when dividing by hand.

There was no calculator allowed and it each section was timed. Google what's out there for FREE for the TABE but YouTube has a ton of good videos (especially math.) You can go to the library and use GED review books, RN school entrance exam books to brush up reading comprehension skills as well as math.

Look at the the website below but especially on the right where it says "Download brochure," make sure you look at that because it tells you what types of Math and Reading questions are in each level. Try to find out if they use the Locator to see which test you take or does everyone take the same one. for example, if your state or program only uses Medium Level then you know to only study those topics.

TABE 9&10 - CTB/McGraw-Hill

Good Luck!! Please feel free to PM me if you have any other questions at all!!

Thankyou so much for your input!! They claim there is no pass/fail but i still want to score above average. But the schools dont see this test do they? And if they dont my score wont effect me getting into a nursing program??? Its funny how ? come up. I will have to write these down. Yes WIA is hard to get. The lady @ my school said u have to stay on them but Gods favor sure trumped that! I sent my paper work off 1 1/2 ago so Im doing great!! I will have to ask my coodinator if its med level.

You're welcome! There is no pass/fail. I don't think that the schools see the TABE scores. Then again maybe Chattahouchee Tech could see the scores since WIA is funding this part of your schooling and they may be able to view all of your WIA documentation. Ask the lady at your school or the WIA office if WIA-funded programs can see your scores.

Check out this cool program to pay for RN school!

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program

For those who are wondering what we are talking about: WIA= Workforce Investment Act

This will pay for the basic classes like English and math if so I will do this after my PCT program!! I still have to take my pre-requestes.

I just re-read my answer and it didn't make sense to me. TABE isn't pass/fail there is a cumulative score based upon all of the sections. Ask the lady at your school what the minimum score for the tech school is if there even is one.

All of my clients in my program who were eligible for "our" WIA money had their Diploma or GED and I really don't think the TABE scores meant anything to the programs they were going to and it was just a formality. But, mine was a Welfare-to-Work program and I think you are going through a more direct path to the WIA funds than so there could be different rules. The government and all of their rules!!! Craziness!!

Natasha, CNA, LVN

Specializes in Psych. Has 1 years experience.

Hi, how did the TABE test go?

Natasha, CNA, LVN

Specializes in Psych. Has 1 years experience.

Graduatenurse14

Hi, I would love some TABE tips. Im takeing the test in a week and this will be my third time taking it. I passed the math 12.9 but failed reading comp and language part.

I looked online for test strategies mention to avoid answers with words "only, never, always, etc) reading comp is my problem such as main idea (skim topic sentences?) and the authors tone/structure/purpose. Should I learn the clue keywords and signas words reading comp? (problem solution vs. Cause effect vs. Persuasive, vs compare contrast)

Author tone should I learn the signal words ans context clues?

Thank you for your help :)

Natasha, CNA, LVN

Specializes in Psych. Has 1 years experience.

I am just came from orientation for the WIA program. I mention I want to do job training lvn program but they said I need to look for work on the job site and send a referral sheet of jobs I applied to first showing that I'm looking for work. How long is the process before I receive funds for lvn program?

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

I am just came from orientation for the WIA program. I mention I want to do job training lvn program but they said I need to look for work on the job site and send a referral sheet of jobs I applied to first showing that I'm looking for work. How long is the process before I receive funds for lvn program?

If you haven't yet been looking for work it can be a few months. Those that were looking for work all along received funds quicker in my area. Those that didn't start looking had to show 3 verifiable attempts over 6 weeks. There wasn't as much funding available at the end of the year.

Natasha, CNA, LVN

Specializes in Psych. Has 1 years experience.

Hi @justbeachynurse what do you men by those who already have been looking for work? I am assigned to a job specialist and try to see her twice a month and email her once a week so she remembers me. Should I focus on applying on the job site or calling places and wri the numbers down on the job search sheet to turn in?

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

Hi @justbeachynurse what do you men by those who already have been looking for work? I am assigned to a job specialist and try to see her twice a month and email her once a week so she remembers me. Should I focus on applying on the job site or calling places and wri the numbers down on the job search sheet to turn in?

Check with the job specialist but in my area those that were looking for work all along were given priority over those that did not look for work prior to WIA orientation assuming they would get funding simply because they were unemployed.

Being under/unemployed is one criteria but candidates must also be actively seeking employment (defined as submitting applications for jobs reasonably qualified for at least 3x per week) to be eligible for WIA education grants.

Hi, how did the TABE test go?

I am still waiting for my scores!!??? I will get them in the mail. I cant wait!! The program starts sept 9th. I just want everything all ready so i can relax a little before school

Natasha, CNA, LVN

Specializes in Psych. Has 1 years experience.

Check with the job specialist but in my area those that were looking for work all along were given priority over those that did not look for work prior to WIA orientation assuming they would get funding simply because they were unemployed.

Being under/unemployed is one criteria but candidates must also be actively seeking employment (defined as submitting applications for jobs reasonably qualified for at least 3x per week) to be eligible for WIA education grants.

Thanks for sharing and you answered my question. I did want to know how many times to apply. One question, did it matter if you apply for jobs electronically on their website or write down places you called on paper and turn it in to the job specialist? The reason I ask is because I know there is one tht may stand out over the other and I really want to get this rolling. Lol. Thank you soooo much!!!! Your great help.

Natasha, CNA, LVN

Specializes in Psych. Has 1 years experience.

I am still waiting for my scores!!??? I will get them in the mail. I cant wait!! The program starts sept 9th. I just want everything all ready so i can relax a little before school

Awww hang their and keep your head up high :) you got this!

@jamiross007~ I know the waiting is difficult and it's hard to relax! Sending good luck that the scores are good!

@tasha92337~ Congrats on the 12.9 in Math!! I didn't see that score very much when I was administering the TABE!

I looked online for test strategies mention to avoid answers with words "only, never, always, etc) reading comp is my problem such as main idea (skim topic sentences?) and the authors tone/structure/purpose. Should I learn the clue keywords and signas words reading comp? (problem solution vs. Cause effect vs. Persuasive, vs compare contrast)

Author tone should I learn the signal words ans context clues?

Yes, all of the above strategies will help. You are probably taking the TABE at a one-stop career center that may have tutors available so ask your Job Specialist about it. If there aren't any at that site, there are lots of other places that provide "brush up" classes for adults looking to go back to school or re-enter the workforce. Check with your local Goodwill as they provide a lot of literacy service, large urban churches in my city have run excellent adult classes, try this site too: National Literacy Directory

Also, this is very, very important!!! You must find out from your Job Specialist exactly how to document your required job search and what jobs "count." It can be printed out from the web or have her write it down for you. The WIA funds can only be disbursed according to strict guidelines. See what JustBeachyNurse wrote.

There can be different guidelines for different ways WIA funds are distributed so don't listen to someone who is in another program even though they can look similar and have some of the same criteria. For example: You may be getting your job training funds through an Individual Training Account (ITA), have to take the TABE and have a Job Specialist and Joe Shmo may be getting his job training funds through a TANF program, has to take the TABE and gets a Job Specialist yet the other requirements to obtain the funds are very different.

You can PM me and I will keep checking this thread too. Good luck!! Writing all of this makes me miss my Workforce Development career! :(

Natasha, CNA, LVN

Specializes in Psych. Has 1 years experience.

@jamiross007~ I know the waiting is difficult and it's hard to relax! Sending good luck that the scores are good!

@tasha92337~ Congrats on the 12.9 in Math!! I didn't see that score very much when I was administering the TABE!

Yes, all of the above strategies will help. You are probably taking the TABE at a one-stop career center that may have tutors available so ask your Job Specialist about it. If there aren't any at that site, there are lots of other places that provide "brush up" classes for adults looking to go back to school or re-enter the workforce. Check with your local Goodwill as they provide a lot of literacy service, large urban churches in my city have run excellent adult classes, try this site too: National Literacy Directory

Also, this is very, very important!!! You must find out from your Job Specialist exactly how to document your required job search and what jobs "count." It can be printed out from the web or have her write it down for you. The WIA funds can only be disbursed according to strict guidelines. See what JustBeachyNurse wrote.

There can be different guidelines for different ways WIA funds are distributed so don't listen to someone who is in another program even though they can look similar and have some of the same criteria. For example: You may be getting your job training funds through an Individual Training Account (ITA), have to take the TABE and have a Job Specialist and Joe Shmo may be getting his job training funds through a TANF program, has to take the TABE and gets a Job Specialist yet the other requirements to obtain the funds are very different.

You can PM me and I will keep checking this thread too. Good luck!! Writing all of this makes me miss my Workforce Development career! :(

YOU ARE AMAZING @graduatenurse14. Thank you for sharing this valuable information. Thank you @justbeachynurse for helping me as well :)

I need to contact my job specialist. I have her email address and stay in contact with her via email. I do want the health care grant so I need to ask her what "jobs" count. I know she sent me several papers that had jobs from maximhealthcare. The thing is I don't want to get hired by any jobs I apply for from her. Isn't that the point?

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