Adult Basic Education (ABE)

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SSC, Room 110
(505) 224-4282

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ABE Program Areas

Through CNM's Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program, you can take classes in the following areas:

The HSE Program provides classes and tutoring to students preparing to take the GED or HiSET exams. 

ABE Program

The ABE Program provides a pathway which can lead to success in college, careers, and the community. Our program acknowledges and utilizes the experience, wisdom, and needs of adult learners. Our mission emphasizes educational and intellectual growth, affordability and accessibility, and the potential for positive life-changes for you.

Our goal is to help you identify and achieve basic educational goals. To do that, we offer affordable non-credit classes in basic reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and English as a Second Language. These classes can help you prepare for higher education, job advancement, and personal fulfillment.

The ABE program is a separate non college credit component of CNM. You will receive the same services and benefits as other CNM students. However, ABE students do not follow the traditional admission or registration process and are not eligible for financial aid.


You must first attend an orientation and take a placement test to determine your reading, math, language or English levels.

There is no online registration for ABE. To register for ABE orientation, bring the following with you to the ABE office at main campus in Student Services Center Room 110:

  • A photo ID that includes your birth date (state driver’s license, state ID card, visa, or passport)
  • Your current address
  • Your current phone number
  • $10 non-refundable registration fee (payable by cash, check, debit or credit card)
  • If you are 16 or 17 years of age, an underage verification form (see below)

If you are under 16, you are not admitted to Adult Basic Education classes. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must have an underage permission form from the school district that you last attended:

Albuquerque Public Schools
6400 Uptown Blvd. NE
(505) 855-9042

Rio Rancho Public Schools
500 Laser Rd.
(505) 896-0667

For all other school districts, contact your superintendent’s office.

The ABE program is a part of the School of Adult & General Education (SAGE) at CNM.