As my head begins to clear (thank you for the prayers) my wife and I have discussed me going back to school to learn a skill. I have always loved being in the medical field, as I was once an EMT, but because of a hand injury and lack of jobs in the county, I have let my EMT certification lapse. So, I have looked and what I want to pursue is a certification in the field of surgery technician. It allows me to work with patients again and I believe it will be more fulfilling for me instead of what I was going to do which was medical billing and coding. The local career center has the program and a pell grant will pay for it completely, but there is one issue for me. I have to take a TABE advanced level (tests of adult basic education) and as it stands right now because of one section I would not be able to be accepted into the course. I have never had algebra. I was not taught it in high school as I was always in a special education class for math and when I got into tenth grade I went right into tech school for electronics where the teacher didn't teach us a thing, instead it was just a few hours of whatever we wanted to do. So now I actually need to learn Algebra. I called the career center and they do not have a course for me to take and instead recommended this book: http://www.amazon.com/TABE-Test-Adult-Basic-Education/dp/0071405615. After perusing the book one thing stands out, it teaches based on thinking you have once learned algebra before and therefore know how to do the work. I do not know how to do algebra so I need something that starts from the beginning, preferably with pre-algebra so that I can learn fractions again as that is also an issue for me. Can anyone here who may have experience in this area recommend a book or another solution?