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 Frequently Asked Questions

  ABE/GED FAQs   ESL FAQs
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions  

What is ABE/GED?
Adult Basic Education (ABE) offers non-credit classes in GED Preparation, and Basic Job Skills both on and off campus. All ABE/GED/ESL courses require permission to register and are continuous enrollment unless otherwise noted. There is a $25 tuition fee for the quarter. Tuition waivers are available For ABE/GED information contact Stephen Washburn, 206-592-3627 or contact us by email.

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Who qualifies for ABE/GED?
  • Must a Washington State resident.
  • Must be 16 years of age or older, is not enrolled in high school, has educational needs below the level equivalent of high school completion (under 19 years of age must have a release from their school districts.)
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What is ABE/GED CASAS testing?
The ABE/GED CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System) test assesses student skill level in reading and math. It is used to place students into the appropriate level. Visit the ABE/GED page for more information about ABE/GED CASAS testing.

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How do I begin ABE/GED classes?
Registration and assessment is done at the Highline Community College main campus. For information regarding times and dates of ABE/GED registration and assessment see the orientation schedule or contact us by email.

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When do I register for ABE/GED?
Registration occurs during Orientation.  See the orientation schedule or contact us by email.

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How much do ABE/GED classes cost?
There is a $25 tuition fee for the quarter. Tuition waivers are available.

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How long are ABE/GED classes?
Most classes meet for two and one half hours twice a week for ten weeks per quarter. If necessary, students can continue to take classes for multiple quarters.

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Where are ABE/GED classes?
Morning, day and evening classes are held at the Highline Community College main campus. There are several off-campus evening classes. New off-campus locations are created on an ongoing basis. Check the class schedule.

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What is ESL?
Non-credit ESL classes provide five different levels of instruction to help adults who have limited English skills. Improvement is achieved only by advancing through all five levels. English as a Second Language credit classes focus on reading, writing, listening, and speaking and help prepare students for college level classes.

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Who Qualifies for ESL?
ESL classes are offered to U.S. citizens, immigrants, refugees and permanent residents who are at least 16 years of age.
  • Individuals holding temporary visas such as International students, business travelers, or tourists cannot attend these classes. See the International Programs website for more information.
  • Students under the age of 18, not enrolled in secondary school, must have a release authorization from their school district.
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What is ESL CASAS testing?
The ESL CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System) test assesses student skill level in reading and math. It is used to place students into the appropriate level. Visit the ESL page for more information about ESL CASAS testing.

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How do I begin ESL classes?
Attend an orientation session.

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When do I register for ESL classes?
You will register for classes during the orientation session.

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How much do ESL classes cost?
There is a $25 tuition fee for the quarter. Tuition waivers are available.  Students must complete the tuition form during registration for the class. Students who are unable to pay the tuition may ask for a waiver.

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How long are ESL classes?
ESL classes usually run for eleven weeks, two and one half hours per class session, 2-4 times per week. Classes are offered mornings, afternoons and evenings.

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Where are ESL classes?
We add new locations.  Check the class schedule, call Indira Hazbic, 206-592- 3297 or contact us by email.

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What is a credit versus non-credit ESL class?
Credit classes focus on reading, writing and pronunciation and help prepare students for college level classes. Regular tuition and fees apply to all credit classes. For more information visit Admissions and Entry Services.

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