Adult Education Frequently Asked Questions
How long will this take?
This program will take as little or as long as you would like; it really varies per person. The more effort you put into the program by attending classes regularly and doing homework, the sooner you will be ready to take the HSED (high school equivalency diploma) test. We strive to make it possible for individuals to complete the program within 8 weeks.
How often do I have to attend?
As stated earlier, the program works quickly if you attend class regularly. We understand though you may have a job or child or other obligations that prevent you from attending often, but we encourage you to attend as much as you can. We will work with you so you can achieve your high school equivalency diploma (HSED).
Do I need to bring anything to register for this program?
For your first class, you will need your Indiana driver's license or a state identification card (ID) and your social security number. That is all you need, we will provide you will the rest. If you do not have an ID, you can still in enroll, but must have one to take the test.
I'm a minor, do I need to bring my parent or guardian?
Yes, to register for this program you will need a parent or guardian to sign for you, as well as a signed exit interview form from your previous principal and/or superintendent.
How much does this program cost?
The classes do not cost money, just time and effort. The HSED test has fees which vary per testing site, but are not more than $115 total.
Can I get help paying the test fees?
There are ways to get assistance with your testing fees. For example: WorkOne youth program has some resources they can use, certain counties will pay for all or a portion of your test fee, or Anthem insurance sometimes provides testing fee coverage as well.
What if I do not pass all 5 parts of the test?
If for some reason you do not pass a section of the test, then you just have to retake that section. You do not have to retake sections you have passed already.
I need to get some things in my life in order, is it okay to stop attending class?
Although we highly discourage you from not coming to class, we understand that life happens and you may need to take a break for a while. You will be exited from the program after 89 days of no attendance, and you'll start from the very beginning when you return.
Can I bring my child to class?
We do not encourage this practice because it can be a distraction to you and others, but it is really up to the instructor. We want you to succeed, so talk with your instructor about your situation.
Do I have to stay the whole class time?
No, you do not. We recommend students average around 2 to 3 hours a day in class. It is totally up to you.
Can I work from home?
Yes, we have online programs and homework packets we can send with you to achieve distance education hours. However, your first 12 hours must be done in class or virtually with an instructor.
What happens if I move?
If you move to a different state, you will need to check their requirements to achieving your HSED. If you move part of Indiana, we can transfer you to a different classroom within the state.
I was in a HSED program before and passed some tests, but did not finish does that count?
Once you start taking the HSED tests, you have 60 days to complete it. So if it has been longer than that, you will have to start over.
I passed my test, how do I get my diploma?
Your diploma will be sent to you in the mail, it takes several weeks for it to arrive. You can also find it online at diplomasender.com
I am a hands-on learner? Can you help me?
Our classes are designed to be one-on-one and to meet the needs of each individual student. We have lots of resources to use so you can succeed.
I am afraid employers or colleges will look down on the HSED.
A HSED is an acceptable certification of high school equivalency completion and perfectly fine with employers and colleges.
Can this program help me with career exploration, colleges, funding for colleges, and/or skills certification?
Yes, we work with you finding the right path after you have achieved your HSED. We have you take a career exploration quiz so we can look at your strengths and values and guide you from them. We work closely with Ivy Tech and WorkOne and the programs they offer.
I was in a GED program before, but did not finish does that count?
No, Indiana does not use the GED program.
Will I have homework?
Yes, you will have homework. There is no punishment if you do not do it, but we highly recommend you complete it, so we can go over it at your next class and see what we need to work on. Sometimes the homework is online if that is what you prefer.
How will you know when I am ready to take the HSED test?
Your instructor will help you decide when you are ready. At a minimum, you must have at least 12 hours of in-class instruction and show improvement on your post-test.
What if I had accomdations (IEP) in high school?
We can send a copy of your Individual Education Plan (IEP) to the state and have them approve your accommodations, so you can have them on your post-test as well as your high school equivalency test (HSED).