Adult Basic Education (ABE)

2305 SE 82nd Ave, Scott 106, Portland, OR 97216 | 971-722-6255

Program Description and Eligibility

The Adult Basic Education Department serves a diverse population of learners both on campus and in the community. Our mission is to teach basic skills and assist learners in acquiring the knowledge to function effectively as a family member, citizen, worker, and lifelong learner in a changing world.

  • ABE is a non-credit program.
  • Classes are open to anyone 16 or older.
  • Fees for classes range from $35 to $135 per term.
  • Focus on improvement of basic skills: reading, writing, and math from non-literate to pre-college level.
  • Prepare for the GED state exam.
  • Daytime and evening classes are available at all PCC campuses.
  • Large groups, small groups, and individualized instruction.
  • Online classes are available for ABE 4,5,6 students.
  • Students may need to purchase books.
  • Students who are 16 or 17 must obtain an official release from high school and submit it to the college's admission office before registering for classes.

Getting Started

To enroll, students must attend a two-part Orientation and Placement session at the campus where they plan to take classes. Students will be given an overview of the program, PCC support services policies and fees. Students will also have their reading and math abilities assessed. The results of their assessments will help instructors to develop individual programs of study for students and to guide them toward their personal academic goals.

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Learn more about the GED Certificate

A GED Certificate, may be earned by those who have not completed high school and who are at least 16 years old. The GED Certificate is accepted as a substitute for a high school diploma by many employers, apprenticeship programs, community colleges and universities. It is used all over the United States and Canada, although passing scores may vary from state to state.