Assessments: Out-of-School Youth

All out-of-school youth must be assessed for basic skills proficiency. Workforce Development Boards are required to use one of the following tests when assessing out-of-school youth for basic literacy and math skills.

Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) assesses basic, reading, math, listening, writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills. www.casas.org

Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) assesses basic reading, math, and language skills, as well as including spelling, vocabulary, and language mechanics tests.  www.ctb.com

Wonderlic assesses basic verbal and math skills. www.wonderlic.com

WorkKeys assesses workplace skills in math, reading, listening, locating information, teamwork, writing, observation, and applied technology. www.act.org/workkeys

Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test (MAPT) assesses reading and math. sabes.org/assessment/mapt.htm



English as a Second Language

If an out-of-school youth has English as a Second Language (ESL), WDBs are required to use one of the following tests.

Basic English Skills Test (BEST) Plus assesses interpersonal communication skills. www.cal.org/aea/bestplus

BEST Literacy assesses reading and writing skills. www.cal.org/aea/bestliteracy/

Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) assesses basic reading.  www.casas.org

Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) (Complete Language Assessment System-English (CLAS-E)) assesses reading, listening, writing and speaking skills. www.ctb.com

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