Areas of Study

Areas of Study

Adult Basic Education

The ABE (Adult Basic Education) program at South Puget Sound Community College helps students build their reading, writing, and math skills.


Classes are offered in the daytime and evening at the main campus in Olympia and in the afternoon at the Hawks Prairie Center in Lacey.


$25 tuition + $30 college fees ($55 total) per student covers all Basic Skills ABE or High School Equivalency (GED®) classes taken each quarter.


*If you are under the age of 19, you must bring a completed High School Release form or an Approval to Test form, signed by a school official and parent/guardian. You can pick up this form at your local high school, at the high school's district office, or South Puget Sound Community College's Information Center in building 25.

How to Register for an ABE Class

If you are new, or returning to the program after more than six months, you must take an Entry Test to register for classes.

After testing, you will get information for how to sign up for an ABE Welcome and Registration Session. At this session, you will receive an orientation to the Basic Skills Programs and register for classes.

Other Important Information:

Children are not allowed in the test sessions, Welcome Sessions, or in classes.

Students who need disability accommodations should contact Disability Support Services.