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What’s it like to get your HSE?

In 2014, the GED® underwent the most dramatic changes since it’s inception. First, we no longer call it the “GED”. The new name is the High School Equivalency (HSE). Students can now take one of two tests to obtain their HSE credentials. The GED® (now owned by Pearson) or the HiSET (offered by the non-profit Educational Testing Services).

Second, the test is now 3-4 times as difficult as it once was and gone are the days of obtaining your HSE credentials in a matter of weeks. Generally, students now stay with us for a minimum of a year, although it varies widely, depending on the individual. Once a student comes in and does an initial assessment with us, we can get a better sense of how long they will need to prepare.

The positive side of this change is that the respect given by colleges, businesses, and the community at large to the HSE has greatly increased. The difficulty of the test is designed to insure that, once you pass, you are college ready. Our nation is now recognizing that passing this test is no small feat and is a meaningful credential!

Students generally find the Math section to be the most difficult, as you now have to be able to perform quadratic equations and other basic algebraic functions. Others breeze through Math but find the other subjects-Language Arts (reading and writing), Social Studies, and Science more challenging. Every mind is different.

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Luckily, ALC is one of the top performing programs in the state! We have professional, friendly, and highly skilled teachers. Our small class sizes allow for individualized attention. Preparation for the exams is an integral part of our academic courses, and is offered in both Spanish and English. In addition, our evening ESL Civics Engagement course bolsters English skills while simultaneously assisting immigrants with career and college preparation. A Distance Education platform is available for those in treatment centers or who are otherwise unable to attend classes. We provide 1:1 tutoring, achievement coaching, and individualized learning plans for all of our students.