GED®, ESL, and Adult Reading classes are held in the morning and evening hours at various locations across DeKalb, Jackson, and Marshall Counties. Open enrollment permits students from all levels to enroll at any time. These FREE classes allow students to gain academic instruction from very basic skills up to a college level. Click here to view class locations and schedules.
Students may contact their adult education instructors to let them know they are going to be absent from class, are having technical difficulties, or if they have any questions pertaining to class. They may call or email their instructor using the contact information found in the staff directory.
Adult education class closings will be posted on our Facebook page. During inclement weather, pay close attention to the local radio and TV stations. The class will typically do whatever the local school district (where the class is located) decides to do. Most importantly, use your best judgment in deciding whether or not to travel to class; your safety is top priority.
Individuals for whom English is not their native language are usually directed, at least initially, to an ESL class. ESL stands for English as a Second Language; however, we also incorporate civics skills. Emphasis here for the beginning student is on acquiring conversation and survival skills in English. More advanced learners tackle difficult vocabulary, confusing usages (like idioms) and greater concentration on reading and writing English. Many ESL learners go on to enroll in reading or GED® classes.
GED® stands for General Educational Development. The GED® test is a four-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers. The four subjects assessed are science, social studies, mathematical reasoning, and reasoning through language arts. The test may be taken in Spanish, but it is generally taught only in English. A basic knowledge of English is strongly recommended.
The complete battery is about 7 hours long with the timing for each subject as follows:
* Please Note: If you schedule all four parts of the test on the same day, you will need to schedule the parts separately to include a lunch break. If you do not schedule the tests separately, test-takers will only have a short ten-minute break before the next test begins.
The time required to prepare for the test varies. Some factors include the length of time out of school, the highest grade completed, how much time will be spent studying and if a person has continued to develop learning skills. Usually, an instructor can give learners a general idea of how long the process will take after the initial academic assessment. After classroom preparation, our enrollees may take GED® Ready: the official GED® Practice Test. This practice test gives the student a good indication of what their scores will be like on the actual GED® Test.
The requirements to take the GED® exam specify that a person is not enrolled in a K-12 school and has not previously earned a high school diploma. Those 18 and over have no additional requirements; however, 16 and 17 year-olds must meet additional criteria:
1. Student must present a notarized Certificate of Exemption from the student's last school system attended and a notarized Parental Permission Form.
If the student attended and dropped out of a private school, church school, or private tutor program, the student must present a notarized letter from his/her parent or legal guardian naming the school, providing the drop-out date, and stating the student has dropped out of school, and has permission to be administered the GED Test (Parental Permission Form).
2. Student must have TABE test scores in all three sub-skill tests at a minimum of ASE Low, with a grade equivalent of 9.0 or higher
Student must have official GED Ready test scores in Math and RLA of "Likely to Pass"
3. Student must provide proof of Alabama residency
Individuals attending Public School
1. Students must have participated in an exit interview with their high school administration and provide a signed Exit Interview Form.
2. Student must provide a notarized and signed letter from his/her parent or legal guardian, naming the school, providing the drop-out date, and providing parental permission for the student to be administered the GED Test (Parent Permission Form).
3. Student must provide proof of Alabama residency
Individuals attending Private School, Church School, or Private Tutoring Program
1. Student must present a notarized letter from his/her parent or legal guardian naming the school, providing the drop-out date, and stating the student has dropped out of school and has permission to be administered the GED Test (Parental Permission Form). Evidence of withdrawal from school must be included.
The test costs $30 for each subject area or a total of $120. Retests are available for $10 per section for the first 2 times. After three (3) total tries, the price resets to $30 per section. Examinees may schedule tests separately and only take the subjects they are prepared for.
Examinees can test in the same subject three (3) times without a waiting period. After the 3rd attempt, the examinee must wait 60 days before testing in that same subject. The first two retests will be $10 if the retests occur within one year. An examinee must make a minimum score of 145 on each part of the test in order to pass. Candidates who are unsuccessful at passing all four parts only have to retest on the parts that do not meet the minimum score requirements.
GED testing centers are located throughout Alabama, with two centers in our area at Northeast Alabama Community College and Snead State Community College. Prospective GED examinees can phone Northeast at 256-638-2957 or 256-228-0021 or Snead at 256-840-4151 for scheduling/testing information. Applicants must register and pay online prior to testing. However, the test cannot be taken anywhere other than an approved testing facility.
Examinees only need to bring their ID with them on the day of the test. GED examinees must provide a valid photo ID, such as a driver's license or learner's permit, passport, national/state/country identification card, or any other form of government-issued ID card. An examinee must register using the exact name on his/her ID.
All other items (i.e. jackets, hats, wallets, keys, purses, etc.) will be locked in a locker while you test. No food or drinks are allowed in the testing facility.
The test is only available on computer in Alabama and must be taken at an official GED® Testing Center. The testing centers do not offer on-site registration. To register and pay for the test, test-takers must go to www.ged.com or call 1-877-EXAM-GED (392-6433).
Examinees should be able to reschedule their exam as long as they contact GED Testing Service/Pearson VUE at least 24 hours in advance. Emergency situations would be handled through Pearson as well.
Contact (800) 626-9433.
Test-takers will be able to log into their MYGED account on www.ged.com and see their scores anytime they want. It would always be a few clicks away. Students could even access scores on their smartphones. Once an examinee has passed all four subjects, you will receive an email with a link and password to access your electronic transcript and diploma. You can download these up to seven (7) times and can print off as many as you need. You can also select an option to have your diploma mailed to you. Click here for more information about this option. However, you have a two-month window of time to access these documents without charge.
The GED® scale runs from 100 to 200, with 145 scaled score points as the Passing Standard for high school equivalency; 165 scaled score points indicates that you are GED College Ready, and a score of 175 or above indicates that you are college ready and may qualify for some college credit. To pass the test in Alabama, you must score 145 points on each of the four tests/modules.
Each May we enjoy celebrating our students' progress with a GED graduation. Invitations are mailed out approximately four weeks prior to the graduation date. Anyone who has passed the GED and has not attended a previous graduation is eligible to attend, but pre-registration is required. Please call the adult education office at 256-638-2957 or 256-228-0021 if you have any questions.
Click here to create an account in order to pay to receive your electronic transcript. The cost is $15 and you will receive your electronic transcript by email. Download, save, and print this transcript for current and later use.
Yes! GED graduates who have scored well on the GED® test are encouraged to apply for a GED® scholarship! Full-tuition 2-year scholarships and summer scholarships are given out each year to GED® graduates with the top test scores. Other private scholarships, such as the Pete Turnham Scholarship, are given out specifically to GED® recipients. Additionally, a scholarship for one FREE college class is awarded to all students who have passed the GED® test.
Our Program Assistant, Juliah Sanford, helps students make the transition to college by assisting students with the application process, exploring financial aid opportunities, deciding on a major, and answering any other questions about attending college. Contact Juliah Sanford by calling 256-638-2957 or 256-228-0021 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.