Adult Basic Education (ABE) is a provincial program for adult learners made up of three levels:

  • Level I is for those with limited reading and writing skills;
  • Level II is a refresher level for those who have been out of school for some time or who need extra help to prepare for Level III;
  • Level III corresponds to grades 10-12 and requires the completion of 36 credits in order to graduate.


The Adult Basic Education program (ABE) and the General Educational Development (GED) testing program are two options for adults wanting a high school diploma. However, the two programs are very different.

The GED is a series of standardized tests designed to measure general knowledge, ideas, and thinking skills normally acquired through three years of high school; but which can be acquired through experience.

The major difference between ABE and GED is that ABE prepares you academically for future training. GED does not.

Entrance Requirements

To be accepted into the ABE program, you must be:

  • 19 years old or older.
    • You may enroll to upgrade courses/marks if you are 18 Years of age or older and already a High School Graduate.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the Level III ABE program a student must earn at least 36 credits made up of the following:

  • Minimum of 6 Math credits
  • Minimum of 9 English credits
  • Minimum of 6 Science credits
  • Minimum of 4 Employability skills credits
  • Maximum of 10 General options credits
  • May include Equivalency credits
  • May include Maturity credits

Students are also required to complete a number of specific courses.

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