This is a list of our most frequently-asked questions about the Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses at CapU.

If you have a question that is not listed here, please contact upgrading@capilanou.ca

Some students take ABE courses to finish their high school diploma, some need a prerequisite course like Foundations Math 11 or English 12 and others come to upgrade their GPA (grade point average) or refresh their academics after being out of school for some time.

We offer grades 10-12 equivalent courses in math, English, biology, chemistry, physics, computers and history.

All Spring 2022 ABE courses are online. ABE is currently scheduling 50% of its Summer 2022 courses fully online, and the other 50% are either mixed-mode (a classroom class with a corresponding online class) or in-person (all classroom classes). This is subject to change depending on the COVID-19 situation.

All classes (online, mixed-mode, in-person) utilize the eLearn.capu.ca website.

ABE offers both self-paced and some paced classes. In self-paced classes, students work at their own speed, and it is possible to finish more than one level of a class during the semester. The majority of ABE classes are self-paced. With paced classes, there is a schedule to follow, due dates for assignments, and students finish the class at the end of the semester.

Self-paced online classes are asynchronous (meaning students can access the course whenever is convenient). Paced classes (denoted by a * on the timetable) are held at a specific day and time.

Classroom classes are held at either the “BR” (Birch) building of the main campus, or at the Lonsdale Quay campus on the days/times shown on the timetable.

For any Zoom times shown on the timetable, instructors are available via Zoom videoconferencing. Instructors can also be contacted anytime by eLearn messaging (email) and you can expect a response within 1 business day.

Yes, if you are a new student, you need to complete our math and writing assessment tests before you register.

Once you have applied to CapU, you will be invited to take our assessments in eLearn (Moodle). These assessments will help us place you in the right course level.

If you are a returning student (you have taken ABE or CUP courses in the last 2 years), you do not need to complete the assessments.

Our main terms are 15 weeks long (September-December and January-April). We also have two summer terms that are each 7 weeks long.

A self-paced course doesn’t have deadlines for completing assignments. You work as quickly or as slowly as you’d like.

A paced course has deadlines, and an expectation that you will finish the course within one term.

Most of our ABE courses are self-paced.

There are two paced English classes (equivalent to English 11 and 12) and one paced biology class offered in the fall term.

Attendance for lectures is recommended but is optional. The lecture times are listed on our timetable.

Most of our courses are self-paced, which means your instructor will provide the materials, videos, assignments, practice exercises/quizzes, and other resources you need on eLearn (Moodle).

You can access eLearn at any time you want. Your instructor will let you know when and how you can write your online quizzes/tests.

In ABE, your instructors will offer you a variety of support, including scheduled online office hours, email help, phone calls, tutorials and workshops.

We offer a few paced courses (optional lectures at specific times) and these will also include all of the resources and support that self-paced courses offer.

You need a laptop, computer, or tablet and access to reliable internet.

Most of our courses are divided into two parts. For example, equivalent Foundations Math 11 is divided into BMTH 047 and BMTH 048.

You need to complete both parts to get your Foundations Math 11 credit. The length of time it takes to complete one part or both varies from student to student. Some students complete more quickly, while others need more time.

It is possible to complete an entire grade level over a 15-week term (Fall or Spring).

No, students who don’t complete a course will receive an NC (no credit), which does not affect GPA (grade point average).

Students can register for another term and continue with the course.

If English isn’t your first language, you may need to take courses in the English for Academic Purposes (ESL) department before attempting ABE courses.

Yes, all of our courses will prepare you for degree and diploma programs at CapU or other post-secondary institutions.

Please contact an institution directly or refer to the BC Transfer Guide to see which CapU courses transfer.

Yes, ABE courses are tuition-free for Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents.

All CapU students pay incidental fees, like enrolment charges, student union fees, etc.

You can apply for the Adult Upgrading Grant to help cover the incidental fees and other expenses.

No, fees are only charged at the beginning of each new term. If you finish two levels of math or English in one term, you do not have to pay more fees.

Incidental fees are charged at the beginning of each term, so anytime you register for a new term, you need to pay incidental fees.

The CUP two-course package gives students the opportunity to take ENGL 100 (first year university English) and BENG 052 (the support course for ENGL 100 and equivalent to grade 12 English) at the same time.

Students complete both courses in one term in an engaging and supportive lecture-based environment. Although BENG 052 is tuition-free, ENGL 100 is not.

The CUP two-course package provides an excellent transition to university learning.

Yes, if you are already in a degree or diploma program at CapU, you can take our upgrading courses.

Up to 30% of the students in ABE are already studying at the university and are taking a course with us to meet a prerequisite requirement.

The Adult Dogwood Diploma requires an English 12, a Math 11, and three other grade 12 courses.

If you live on the Sunshine Coast and are registered in ABE courses, there are optional 1.5 hour, face-to-face, drop-in learning labs offered at the Sunshine Coast campus weekly throughout the semester for each of the subjects you are registered in, please see the current Learning Lab schedule (pdf) for details.


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