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Adult Basic Education


ABE stands for Adult Basic Education. ABE is an umbrella term used to describe a range of educational services for adults from basic literacy (including English for non-native speakers of English), numeracy, and high school equivalency (GED)/adult diploma programs (ADP).

The main focus of Adult Basic Education is to provide instruction in basic reading, writing, math, and computer skills for students who are age 16 or older. Students can prepare to take the General Education Development (GED) exam, earn credits toward a high school diploma or upgrade their skills for entrance into vocational programs or college, or prepare for employment. Most ABE students take a test called CASAS to assess their reading, writing, math, speaking, and listening skill levels before enrolling in ABE classes.

See schools that offer this program.


East Side Area

Big Bend Community College

Walla Walla Community College

Walla Walla Community College (Clarkston)

Wenatchee Valley College

King-Snohomish Area

Bellevue College

Cascadia College

Edmonds Community College

Everett Community College

Green River College

Highline College

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

North Seattle College

Renton Technical College

Seattle Central College

Shoreline Community College

South Seattle College

Kitsap Area

Olympic College

Spokane Area

Spokane Community College

Spokane Falls Community College

Tacoma Area

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Pierce College Puyallup

Tacoma Community College

Tri-Cities Area

Columbia Basin College

Vancouver Area

Clark College

West Side Area

Centralia College

Grays Harbor College

Lower Columbia College

Olympic College (Shelton Campus)

Peninsula College

Skagit Valley College

South Puget Sound Community College

Whatcom Community College

Yakima Area

GMC Training Institute

Yakima Valley College