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Adult Basic Education

Program of Study

Adult Basic Education (ABE) activities may include some or all of the following:

  • Instruction in the basic skills of reading, language, and mathematics
  • Instruction in preparation for the GED® test
  • Workforce Preparation Skills

Multiple levels of instruction are provided in mathematics, reading and language. It is understood that each student learns at his or her individual pace and there will be some students who successfully complete the program or attain their educational goals in fewer or more hours than what is recommended. Placement in a math, reading, and/or language course is based on results of the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE). (The Council on Occupational Education (COE) does not accredit avocational programs such as ESOL,ABE, GED Preparation, and other Adult Education programs. In addition, avocational programs do not qualify for Title IV financial aid assistance.)

Adult Basic Education - Mathematics Courses
Course Mathematics Courses Hours Scale
9900001 Mathematics – ABE Level 1 450 0–448
9900001 Mathematics – ABE Level 2 450 449–495
9900001 Mathematics – ABE Level 3 300 496–536
9900001 Mathematics – ABE Level 4 300 537–595

Adult Basic Education - Reading Courses
Course Reading Courses Hours Scale
9900002 Reading – ABE Level 1 450 0–441
9900002 Reading – ABE Level 2 450 442–500
9900002 Reading – ABE Level 3 300 501–535
9900002 Reading – ABE Level 4 300 536–575

Adult Basic Education - Language Arts Courses
Course Language Arts Courses Hours Scale
9900003 Language Arts – ABE Level 1 450 0–457
9900003 Language Arts – ABE Level 2 450 458–510
9900003 Language Arts – ABE Level 3 300 511–546
9900003 Language Arts – ABE Level 4 300 547–583

Literacy Completion Points (LCPs)

The Adult Basic Education program is designed to provide adults with sufficient basic education to enable them to benefit from job training and retraining programs, and to obtain and retain productive employment. A student must demonstrate proficiency in 100% of the basic academic standards to earn a literacy completion point (LCP). An LCP is the attainment of academic or workforce readiness skills that qualify the participant for further basic education, vocational education or employment.


Progression through LCP levels measured by approved standardized tests or documentation of mastery of basic competencies. Completion of targeted LCPs allows students to progress to the next academic level. Completion measures include:

  • Completing an educational level,
  • Passing the GED® test,
  • Transitioning to postsecondary education, and
  • Obtaining employment or job advancement

Program Overview

Program Overview

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