GED / HSE Preparation Class

CAC’s GED or HSE (high school equivalency) classes are designed to help students prepare to take the GED or high school equivalency test. Students must be at least 16 years of age and not enrolled in school to register for class and to take the GED test.

During the first week of class, assessment tests in math, reading and language will be given. Some tests on the computer may also be assigned. These tests are used only to help the instructor decide what areas students need to work on in order to prepare for the GED test.

What is the content of the course?  While our main focus is on helping develop the language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies skills needed for the GED test itself, the course also includes components related to college and career readiness, including career exploration and study skills.

How long will it take before a student is ready to take the GED test?  This depends on a number of factors, such as a person’s existing skill level in the areas of math, language arts, social studies and science, and how regularly that student attends class. Probably the most important factor, however, is how much time is spent studying independently outside of the classroom.  CAC’s GED students are given access to an online learning program. Students will learn how to use it during class and will be expected to continue logging in and completing assignments as homework in between class meetings. While there are about 45 hours of face-to-face classroom instruction during an 8-week session, students are expected to spend an additional 3 hours per week on other lessons the instructor assigns.

Registering for Class

To register for the class, students need to bring valid government identification to a CAC campus or center and complete the registration forms. There is also a non-refundable supplemental fee that needs to be paid at the time of registration.  The fee ranges from $20 to $50 and is based on household income. (See fee schedule below.) Students must provide documentation of legal United States Residency.


Based upon 2017 poverty guidelines 

Size of Household Annual Income  Annual Income  Annual Income
1 $0 – $12,060 $12,061 – $24,120 $24,121 and above
2 $0 – $16,240 $16,241 – $32,480 $32,481 and above
3 $0 – $20,420 $20,421 – $40,840 $40,841 and above
4 $0 – $24,600 $24,601 – $49,200 $49,201 and above
5 $0 – $28,780 $28,781 – $57,560 $57,561 and above
6 $0 – $32,960 $32,961 – $65,920 $65,921 and above
7 $0 – $37,140 $37,141 – $74,280 $74,281 and above
8 $0 – $41,320 $41,321 – $82,640 $82,641 and above
Minimum Fee

(0-100% of Poverty)

Reduced Fee

(101-200% of Poverty)

Full Fee

(Over 200% of Poverty)

FEE $20  $35  $50 

Students must register in person at one of the following locations before classes begin:

Casa Grande Center: 1015 E. Florence Blvd., Casa Grande. 520-494-5950 (only accepts check or money order payments)

Maricopa Campus: 17945 W. Regent Rd., Maricopa. 520-494-6400

Signal Peak Campus: 8470 N. Overfield Rd., Coolidge. 520-494-5444

Aravaipa Campus: 80440 E. Aravaipa Rd., Winkelman. 520-357-2800

Superstition Mountain Campus: 805 S. Idaho Rd., Apache Junction. 480-677-7731

San Tan Campus: 3736 E. Bella Vista Rd., San Tan Valley. 480-677-7825

The GED Test

The website provides more information about the content of the test as well as enables students to set up a MyGED account. A MyGED account is required to take the GED test because scheduling the test as well as paying for it is done online at that website.  There are five subjects tested: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, Social Studies, and Civics. The test currently costs $149 or $35 for RLA, SS, SCI, MAT. The Civics test is $9.

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