Upgrading and University Preparation 

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program

 

The Adult Basic Education (ABE) program is designed to assist students in the completion of High School, prerequisites to a post-secondary program, GED preparation, or for basic math and English skills. All students who wish to enter into the ABE program will need to complete an assessment. The assessment will help determine which ABE course you should enrol in. 

 

Levels of the ABE Program

There are four levels to the ABE program: Fundamental, Intermediate, Advanced, and Provincial level courses. 

Fundamental level courses... 

  • help students bring their skills up to the Grade 8 level
  • include reading, writing, spelling, and math

Intermediate level courses...

  • help students bring their skills up to a Grade 10 level
  • include English, math, science, and social studies
  • meet the entry requirement for many vocational programs

Advanced level courses...

  • are equivalent to Grade 11
  • include English, math, biology, chemistry, physics, and computer studies
  • meet the entry requirement for many post-secondary programs

Provincial level courses...

  • are equivalent to Grade 12
  • include English, math, biology, chemistry, physics, and computer studies
  • qualify students for the provincially recognized Adult Dogwood diploma

For a list of courses see ABE Program Course Descriptions. To learn more about Adult Basic Education in BC, go to the Adult Basic Education in British Columbia's Public Post-Secondary Institutions: An Articulation Handbook (pdf file).

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