Classes for Adult Basic Education, GED® (high school equivalency certification) and COMPASS (computer-adaptive college placement test)

If you plan to prepare on your own without prep classes, see Student Assessment Services for complete information on COMPASS or GED® testing.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

ABE Level 3 and 4 classes are for adults who are already proficient in the English language, and want to improve their basic skills in math, reading and writing skills.

  • ABE Reading and writing are integrated to give students the foundation for effective communication.
  • Reading instruction emphasizes comprehension, vocabulary development, and critical thinking, graphic, and study skills.
  • Writing skills include the review and application of language and grammar rules, correct usage and spelling, and paragraph development.
  • Math instruction includes skill development in whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, algebra, and geometry with an emphasis on solving word problems and analyzing data in graphs, charts, and tables.

GED® (high school equivalency certification)

Level 5 GED® classes will help to prepare you for the exams. The classes provide students with a general review of the five content areas:

  • Reasoning through Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Reading and writing are integrated to give students the foundation for effective communication.

  • Language Arts emphasizes critical reading, thinking, and graphic skills, including the review and application of language mechanics, usage, and sentence structure as well as organizational skills in order to write effective paragraphs and essays.
  • Math instruction includes skill development in whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, algebra, and geometry with an emphasis on solving word problems and analyzing data in graphs, charts, and tables.
  • GED® testing

COMPASS Preparation

These Level 6 classes will help prepare you to take the COMPASS or ESL-COMPASS (college entrance) exam. It is designed for the high school graduate who needs to brush up on reading, writing and math skills.

ABE/GED Registration/Enrollment Procedures:

All new ABE, GED® or COMPASS prep students or former students who have not attended our classes for several quarters are required to attend a three-hour orientation prior to being enrolled in classes.

The orientation sessions are only offered before the start of each quarter. The total tuition fee for each quarter is $25.00. If you are interested in taking any non-credit ABE, GED® or COMPASS preparation classes or for more information, please contact the Basic & Transitional Studies office at 206-934-5363 based on the following schedule.

I am interested in attending

To sign up for orientation, come to our office

Testing Sessions (actual test dates provided at sign-up)

Fall Quarter

Second Tuesday after Labor Day

September

Winter Quarter

Tuesday last week of fall quarter classes

December

Spring Quarter

Tuesday, last week of winter quarter classes

March

Summer Quarter

Tuesday, last week of spring quarter classes

June

Classes are offered morning (9 am – 12 pm, Monday through Friday) and evening (6 pm – 9 pm, Monday through Thursday) at the West Seattle campus. A morning class may be available at the NewHolly campus (206-934-6642).

Location:

Robert Smith Building
(RSB 2)
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Hours:

Monday & Thursday:
7:30 am - 6:00 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday:
7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Phone:

206-934-5363

Fax:

206-934-7963