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What is the Difference Between ABE and GED?

With many adult education classes on offer, Broward Community Schools has something for nearly everyone. But that might also leave you wondering if you’re making the right choice, especially if you’re trying to decide between our ABE and GED classes.

 

Are they similar? How are they different? And which one’s right for you? Let’s find some answers!

GED

What are GED Classes?

GED stands for General Educational Development and is equivalent to a high school diploma. GED classes are a way to sharpen skills you may have had once but have fallen off over the years because you didn’t use them. They’re also a way to pick up skills that you missed because your schooling was interrupted.

 

Most importantly, a GED assumes that you’re coming to class with certain basics mostly taken care of. Your reading comprehension is good, but your math is rusty; conversely, you may be a math whiz, but history was never your strong suit. GED classes help you fill in the gaps so that you can hit the ground running when it’s time for your test.

 

What Are ABE Classes?

ABE stands for Adult Basic Education. Our GED students have high school grade-level mastery in multiple subjects. Our ABE students have a level of subject mastery at or below an eighth-grade level, so they are going back to basics in mathematics, reading, and writing to get to the GED level. This can mean dipping into other kinds of classes, too, including ESOL classes, financial literacy, and family literacy.

 

How Do I Know Which Classes I Need?

Good news: you don’t have to guess. You will be tested on a number of subjects, so you’re matched to the classes that are right for your needs. This will lead you along a path that gets you where you want to be by ensuring you have the tools to make progress without becoming frustrated.

 

I Have Other Questions. Now What?

From finding a GED testing center near me to answers about adult education classes, it’s all just a click or a call away. An enrollment advisor can talk to you about your background, your goals, and your schedule, as well as help you customize a plan of study that works for you. So get in touch with Broward Community Schools today.