Basic & Transitional Studies Admissions

The Basic & Transitional Studies Division offers a variety of programs to help learners of all levels, providing the education needed to prepare for college–level courses.

Register for Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Educational Development (GED®) or English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes

New Students: Register before the quarter begins.

New students must register for and attend an orientation, which begin one to two weeks after the sign–up day. The orientation is four days long, three hours each day and includes program information, assessments, testing, goal setting and registering for core classes. New student sign–up day is March 3 for Spring Quarter and June 2 for Summer Quarter.

Returning Students: If you were previously in a program but not currently registered, you can register starting on the last day of the prior quarter. Returning Student sign–up day is March 24 for Spring Quarter and June 23 for Summer Quarter.

Current Students: Register for classes on the last day of the quarter with your teacher.

  1. Visit room BE3122 on the Seattle Central main campus.
  2. Bring a picture ID.
  3. Register for class (New students register for orientation).
  4. Pay the $25 tuition.
  5. Attend your classes.

Academic Calendar

Note: In the English as a Second Language (ESL) program, we serve immigrants and refugees only. Individuals with F, M, B, Student, or J visas are not eligible for Basic & Transitional Studies.

Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I–BEST)

I–Best classes help students at the basic skills level, such as ABE and ESL, enroll in college–level programs and earn certificates in high–demand career fields, including Office Assistant and Childhood Development/Early Childhood Education.


We also offer classes for the high school graduates that need to brush up on reading, writing and math skills before applying to a community or technical college. Skills emphasized will help students prepare for placement tests such as the COMPASS.

Learn more and enroll

Note: All of our class outcomes are tied to the Washington State Learning Standards.

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