LOW INTERMEDIATE ABE                                     COMPETENCY OVERVIEW

CASAS Range: 211-220                                                   TABE Range: 4.1-6.0


By the end of this level, learners will…


  1. Communication
    1. Practice appropriate group communication skills.
  2. Consumer Economics
    1. Know how to apply for a loan, compute savings account interest, and reconcile a bank statement.
    2. Write a check and a deposit form.
    3. Read and interpret housing availability through want ads and signs,
    4. Interpret information on landlord and tenant rights.
    5. Interpret information on driving regulations.
    6. Interpret information on automobile insurance.
    7. Interpret information on automobile maintenance.
    8. Compare and contrast shopping payment options.
    9. Interpret product ads.
    10. Interpret product labels.
    11. Recognize elements of comparison shopping.
    12. Create a simple family budget.
    13. Complete a 1040EZ tax form.
  3. Community Resources
    1. Locate information about community agencies and services.
    2. Use maps to locate places and travel directions.
    3. Interpret time zone information.
    4. Use a thermometer to measure temperature.
  4. Health
    1. Compute dosage using a chart or table.
    2. Interpret nutrition information.
    3. Identify information on substance abuse problems.
  5. Employment
    1. Identify places to obtain information about employment vacancies.
    2. Interpret job vacancy information.
    3. Complete a detailed job application without assistance,
    4. Create a resume.
    5. Write a cover letter in response to a specific job
    6. Ask and answer questions at a job interview.
    7. Fill out a time card or time sheet.
    8. Interpret information on a pay stub.
    9. Compare information about benefit plans and fill out enrollment forms.
    10. Fill out a productivity chart.
    11. Locate information on a procedure chart or diagram.
  1. Government and Law
    1. Know basic American history and government facts.
    2. Know information on basic economic systems.
  2. Computation
    1. Know number names up to 7-digits.
    2. Add or subtract three or four 3-digit or 4-digit numbers with or without regrouping.
    3. Multiply a 3-, 4-, or 5-digit number by a 1-, 2-, or 3-digit number with regrouping and with and without remainders.
    4. Associate verbal names with fraction names and numbers and write numbers as fractions.
    5. Convert mixed and improper fractions, reduce fractions, and find equivalent fractions.
    6. Add and subtract fractions with common denominators and multiply proper fractions.
    7. Associate verbal names with decimal names and numbers and understand place value to thousandths.
    8. Convert decimals to fractions and fractions to decimals.
    9. Add and subtract decimals and solve decimal word problems.
    10. Solve real word problems with estimation and rounding of fractions and whole numbers.
    11. Write abbreviations for standard units of measurement, use a ruler, and add or subtract measurements.
    12. Use the formulas for perimeter and area.
    13. Describe, classify, compare, and sort geometric figures.
    14. Solve real world problems with the interest formula.
    15. Solve real world problems with the distance formula.
    16. Find averages.
  3. Learning to Learn
    1. Spell and read words with a variety of sound patterns, accents, and syllabication patterns.
    2. Use synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms.
    3. Follow a reading process,
    4. Differentiate between different genres.
    5. Evaluate information from graphic documents.
    6. Comprehend main idea, details, stated and implied cause and effect, sequence, conclusions, fact or opinion, and author’s purpose.
    7. Use standard reference materials including the internet.
  4. Grammar and Writing
    1. Use Edited American English.
    2. Follow spelling rules for adding suffixes and prefixes.
    3. Utilize a writing process.
    4. Organize writing using organization patterns and transitions.
    5. Identify parts of speech in text
    6. Use verbs in the present, past, and future tenses.
    7. Write and identify sentences with various sentence structures.