Adult Basic Education (ABE)

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

Program description and eligibility

  • 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 low-literacy 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.

Steps to enroll

  1. Apply to PCC

    Complete the online PCC admissions form at least one week before your orientation and placement. Mark “credit” on the application.

  2. Decide where you want to study

    Cascade, Forest Grove High School, Rock Creek, Southeast, Sylvania, or online.


    If you want to study online, you don't have to complete orientation and placement in person (but can if you would prefer). Contact Maria Velazquez Ortiz for help getting started with the online option.

  3. Attend orientation & placement session 1

    Attend orientation and placement at the location where you plan to attend classes. No appointment is needed. Come to your orientation session at least half an hour prior to your scheduled time. Plan to stay for the entire 3-hour period.

    Cascade
    • Monday, March 12, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Cascade Hall 309
    • Wednesday, March 14, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Cascade Hall 309
    • Tuesday, March 20, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Cascade Hall 309
    • Thursday, March 22, 12:00pm – 3:00pm, Cascade Hall 309
    • Tuesday, March 27, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Cascade Hall 309
    • Monday, April 2, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Cascade Hall 309
    Forest Grove
    • Wednesday, March 7, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Room 2102
    • Wednesday, March 14, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Room 2102
    • Wednesday, March 21, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Room 2102

    For more information call 503-359- 2432, extension 3681

    Rock Creek
    • Wednesday, March 7, 5:00pm – 8:30pm, Building 2, Room 256
    • Tuesday, March 13, 10:00am – 1:30pm, Building 2, Room 256
    • Wednesday, March 21, 5:00pm – 8:30pm, Building 2, Room 256
    • Friday, March 23, 10:00am – 1:30pm, Building 2, Room 256
    • Tuesday, March 27, 10:00am – 1:30pm, Building 2, Room 256
    • Wednesday, March 28, 5:00pm – 8:30pm, Building 2, Room 256
    Southeast
    • Wednesday, March 21, 9:00am – 12:00pm, Student Commons 118
    • Thursday, March 22, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Student Commons 118
    • Friday, March 23, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Student Commons 118
    • After March 26 by appointment only with limited seating available, Contact Lee Blackburn for appointment at 971-722-6133
    Sylvania
    • Wednesday, March 14, 6:00pm – 9:30pm, CC 212
    • Tuesday, March 20, 9:00am – 12:30pm, CC 212
    • Tuesday, March 27, 9:00am – 12:30pm, CC 212
    • Tuesday, April 3, 9:00am – 12:30pm, CC 212
  4. Attend orientation & placement session 2

    Return for session 2 (by appointment) to complete orientation and to receive your class schedule. You will schedule the appointment at the orientation and placement session 1. Registration for a class is not guaranteed. Some students may be placed on a waitlist.

  5. Pay for your classes

    Be ready to pay for your classes at the time of registration, usually at session 2 of your orientation. Depending on your class schedule, class fees range from $35 to $135 per term.

    • If you receive Food Stamps or Oregon Health Plan, you may be qualified for a class fee waiver.
    • If you are between ages 16 and 20, you may be qualified for the YES program.
  6. Attend your classes!

Remember, parking permits are required for parking on campus. Day permits are available from the yellow machines in the parking area or at Student Account Services. Do not park in staff parking!

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.