BEGINNING ABE                                                    COMPETENCY OVERVIEW
CASAS Range: 201-210                                                   TABE Range: 2.1-4.0


By the end of this level, learners will


  1. Communication
    1. Complete a personal information form without assistance.
    2. Respond appropriately in group situations.
    3. Ask, for, give, and clarify instructions.
  2. Consumer Economics
    1. Count coins and currency and make change.
    2. Fill out and cash a check.
    3. Read and interpret advertisements and coupons.
    4. Interpret charts when purchasing.
    5. Make comparisons of prices when shopping.
  3. Community Resources
    1. Locate a name and address in a telephone book.
    2. Locate community and public services.
    3. Locate information on a utility bill.
    4. Order from a restaurant and calculate total.
    5. Read and interpret location and information signs and symbols.
    6. Read and interpret transportation signs and symbols.
    7. Use a map.
    8. Tell time to the minute.
  4. Health
    1. Fill out a medical history form.
    2. Read a thermometer to measure body temperature.
    3. Read a medicine label.
    4. Read a product warning label.
    5. Read nutrition information.
    6. Recognize basic first aid concepts.
  5. Employment
    1. Read want ads and job announcements.
    2. Complete a job application without assistance.
    3. Construct a simple resume.
    4. Follow a form to write a cover letter.
    5. Identify how to get a job application.
    6. Read and interpret workplace safety signs and symbols.
    7. Fill out an accident report.
    8. Know how to report workplace safety issues.
  6. Government and Law
    1. Recognize major elected officials.
    2. Know basic government facts.
    3. Recognize illegal activities.
  7. Computation
    1. Read and write the numbers 0-100.
    2. Count by 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s, 25s, and 50s.
    3. Know basic math symbols and concepts.
    4. Know place value from hundred to hundredth.
    5. Add and subtract without regrouping; understand the inverse relationship of addition and subtraction.
    6. Multiply and divide through 10; understand the inverse relationship of multiplication and division; multiply and divide without regrouping.
    7. Follow a problem solving process.
    8. Round numbers to 10s and 100s.
    9. Know basic measurement concepts.
    10. Characterize and classify two- and three-dimensional shapes.
    11. Know geometry concepts of symmetry and reflection,
  8. Learning to Learn
    1. Recognize and spell words with a variety of phonetic patterns.
    2. Spell word endings with doubling, silent-e, and y.
    3. Know word parts.
    4. Define unknown words through context, phonics, and structure clues.
    5. Read and comprehend short newspaper and informational articles and fiction.
    6. Read and comprehend graphs, charts, and tables.
    7. Alphabetize.
    8. Organize and classify words.
    9. Use organizational and informational aids in texts.
  9. Grammar and Writing
    1. Understand the function of paragraph structure.
    2. Use basic rules of capitalization, commas, and apostrophes.
    3. Write declarative sentences with compound subjects and/or predicates.
    4. Use singular, plural, and possessive nouns; regular and irregular verbs in the past, present continuous, and future tenses; articles; adjectives and adverbs of comparison; object and possessive pronouns.
    5. Write a short letter and address an envelope.
    6. Write a set of simple directions.