Brush up with Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Last updated: April 23, 2024
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What is Adult Basic Education?

Are you looking to strengthen your grasp of elementary or secondary level education? Adult Basic Education has many variants based on your level of need and achieved education. Adult Basic Education programs (otherwise known as ABE) can help you gain skills that will leave you better prepared for the working world if you have not completed high school, or have a need to become literate in English as a non-native speaker.

If you are in need of education in these subjects, you qualify for ABE services:

  • Reading skills in English below a 12th grade level or native literacy
  • Writing skills in English below a 12th grade level or native literacy
  • Speaking skills in English to a level of native fluency
  • Mathematics skills below a 12th grade level
  • GED (General Education Development) test preparation

How much does ABE cost?

ABE is a free form of education offered to those who need to reach the equivalency of a completed high school education. These programs are most often offered through many different types of local community service organizations, including public schools, public libraries, local community support groups, and community colleges and job centers.

Do I qualify to attend ABE courses?

Adult Basic Education courses are offered if you are:

  • Not currently enrolled in a public high school
  • 16 years of age or older
  • Do not currently have a high school diploma or GED

How do I enroll in ABE courses?

In order to enroll in ABE courses, you will have to explore your local offerings. Since ABE courses are offered by many different community organizations, there is no single resource for enrolling.

Check with your local public schools, public libraries, local community support groups, and community colleges and job centers to see if they offer ABE courses. You can also use online resources like the National Literacy Directory and the CareerOneStop Job Center Finder to easily search for ABE Courses and places that may offer them.


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Julia Schneider
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I understand that the balance between taking care of your health and enjoying life can be difficult.

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Dora Rose
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This is a great idea! They provide an opportunity for adults to improve their reading, writing and math skills. I used to find medical billing and coding for example, you can get more info here. Now I do everything myself. Many organizations and training centers offer ABE courses that are flexible and tailored to the needs of adult learners. This will help improve your professional prospects.

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