Hello,

"Even though pilot tests have yet to be conducted, the nation’s new test will have a significant impact on students waiting in line to write college entrance exams. The reality of the matter is one of the major illnesses ailing the nation’s students is English education. Believe it or not, out of school lessons for English take up nearly half of the tab for private lessons."

What does 'tab' mean here?

Thanks a lot
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In this context (and thank you for the context), tab means "the cost" or "the bill."

By the way, some stores, bars, etc. have arrangements with individual customers that allow the customers to buy things and the prices are kept on a list which the customer will pay at the end of each month. This is called a tab or a running tab. After having some drinks or buying something, the customer would say to the server, "Please put it on my tab."

It's not a common practice anymore, but you might find stores or bars that still do this for certain trusted customers.

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