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ABE - Adult Basic Education

All Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses require permission to register and. Most are continuous enrollment. There is a $25 tuition fee for the quarter. Tuition waivers are available.

For information on:


  • New Students will be tested and placed in appropriate class levels.
  • New Spanish GED students DO NOT need to attend an ABE/GED orientation.

View ABE course descriptions.

GED - General Educational Development

Highline College is a testing center certified to administer the GED test through the GED Testing Service of the American Council on Education. Individuals 16 years of age or older may earn a certificate of educational competence with a satisfactory score on the General Educational Development test. Arrangements for taking the test may be made through the Testing Center. Special testing arrangements for students with disabilities are available.

Highline offers GED Test preparation courses.

  • Classes help improve reading, writing and math in order to pass the GED test.
  • Classes are held on our main campus and other off-campus locations. Classes in English are offered Mon - Thu at 9:00 am, 10:15 am, 12:15 pm, 1:30 pm, 6:00 pm, 7:15 pm.
  • There is a $25 tuition fee for the quarter. Tuition waivers are available.
  • Students must be 16 years of age or older,  not enrolled in high school, have educational needs below the level equivalent of high school completion (ages 16-18 must have a release from their school districts.)
  • Spanish GED classes: Classes are held Mondays through Thursday from 6:00 to 8:20 p.m.  in building 19, room 206. New students must meet with the instructor in room 206 prior to registering for the class. Spanish GED students DO NOT need to attend an ABE/GED orientation.

Visit the Placement &Testing Center Website to see about scheduling GED tests.

ABE/GED Orientation

To enroll in a GED preparation or ABE Basics Skills course you will need to attend an orientation which takes approximately two hours.

ABE/GED Orientation schedule (campus map & directions)

  • Tuesdays (except holidays) 6:00 p.m. ~ Highline campus - building 19, room 101
  • Thursdays (except holidays) 2:00 p.m. ~ Highline campus - building 19, room 101

About the ABE/GED Orientation Session

  • Please arrive 10 minutes early. The orientation is about 2 hours long.
  • You will need to know your Social Security Number and show a picture ID.
  • If you are under the age of 19, you will need to bring your GED release form signed by your school district administration.
  • During the orientation you will take a placement test to assess your reading and math skills. If you are an ESL student, the assessment test will also determine if you qualify for GED/ABE courses.
  • During the orientation you will register for classes.
  • Friends, family and children are not allowed at orientation or in the assessment center.


  • New Spanish GED students DO NOT need to attend an ABE/GED orientation.
  • For more ABE/GED information call our ABE office, 206-592-3941, or email us.
  • For more Spanish GED information call Ignacio Sánchez Ramírez, 206-592-4843 or by email
  • If you have a disability that requires special accommodations, contact Access Services several weeks before your assessment appointment: 206-592-3857.

Clases de preparación para el GED en español.

Las clases se ofrecen en el campus:

• De Lunes a Jueves de 6:00 a 8:20 p.m.

• Los Sábados de 9:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m.

La clase se reune en el edificio 19 salón 206. Esta clase acepta alumnos nuevos durante todo el trimestre. Los alumnos nuevos deberán entrevistarse con el profesor en este salón al inicio de la clase. También, puede encontrar información en nuestra página web en español:


Para poder registrarse: venga al edificio 19 oficina 103A de Lunes a Jueves de 5:30 pm a 6:00 pm. Para más información contacte a Ignacio Sánchez Ramírez o por correo electrónico