Department of Transitional Studies

Department of Transitional Studies


Services and hours of the Department of Transitional Studies (DOTS) program (formerly known as the Adult Basic Education/High School Equivalency Office, ABE/HSE Office, or the GED Office)

Services Offered

DOTS Program

The DOTS Program offers free services to help students prepare for A-B Tech’s college-level classes. DOTS can offer you support as you work to improve your academic skills to the levels required for success in curriculum classes. You can schedule a TABE Test at, at the link "Schedule Placement Testing." Log in using your A-B Tech username and password, then select a date from the drop-down menu on the next page for the TABE test. The Testing Center will also accept students on a walk-in basis if space allows, Monday–Thursday 9:00 a.m.–6:45 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m. The test can take up to an hour to complete, so you should arrive at least an hour before the lab closes. Bring your referral form with your EdReady/NC-DAP scores.

If you test out of your subject, you will skip to Step 3. An instructor will document your test results on a blue form and give it to you so you can return to Student Services to register for college classes!

DOTS Office Hours

The regular hours of operation for the DOTS office are 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (closed on Saturday and Sunday).  


If you would like more information, please complete a Student Interest Form.

You may also call (828) 398-7433, email, or stop by the Department of Transitional Studies Office on the third floor of the Hemlock Building (#20 on our campus map).


Key Words: Basic Skills, TABE, reading test, re-testing, GED, Accuplacer, NC-DAP, placement test, ABE, Adult Basic Skills, HSE, High School Equivalency, DOTS, EdReady

Article ID: 284
Created On: Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM
Last Updated On: Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 9:48 AM

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