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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 tests. Students must be at least 16 years old and not enrolled in school to register for class, and to take the GED test.

What will I learn in the class?

  • ·Civics
  • ·Math
  • ·Reading and Writing
  • ·Social Studies
  • ·Science
  • ·College Preparation
  • ·Career Exploration

How long will it take before I am ready to take the GED test?

It depends. You will start by taking a test to see where you are and figure out where you need to improve.

It also depends on how much time you spend studying – in class, online, with a tutor, and at home. Students in the state average 80 hours of study time to pass the GED tests. Each class has 45 hours of classroom instruction.

Other ways to obtain a GED:

The College Credit Pathway is an option for adults seeking to obtain their High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma in Arizona. Effective July 1, 2018, adults can earn their HSE Diploma by demonstrating completion of 25 specific college credits along with passing the AZ Civics Test.

25 Required College Credits*
Course Areas Credits
English Arts 6
Mathematics 6
Science 4
Social Sciences 3
Computer 3
College/Career Exploration 3
Arizona Civics Test Pass

For more information, please visit

Register for GED Class

How do I Register for a Class?

Instructions for applying online: Apply Now

  • You can begin the registration process online, but you must present your identification and pay in person.


  1. Come to a CAC campus or center with your state ID or two other forms of identification. Students must provide documentation of legal United States Residency.
  2. Complete registration paperwork for the class of choice. See the schedule of upcoming classes.
  3. Pay the non-refundable fee (see chart below). The Casa Grande Center only accepts check or money order as forms of payment.

Supplemental Fees Guidelines January 2019

*At this time, RETURNING students may register by contacting our office at the Adult Education email address:

**Due to the COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, we are only offering online classes.

Class Schedules and Locations

Click the following link for the upcoming Summer 2020 schedule: GED Schedule Summer

Check back after June 22nd for the upcoming Fall schedule.

*Please note, new students must register for March classes in order to register for the June Summer GED class.  Normal student enrollment will resume for the July Summer session. Summer schedules will be available soon.

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

  • We now offer classes at the Signal Peak Campus during CART times! Go to to find times and routes near you!
  • There may be childcare available at the Signal Peak Campus in the Early Learning Center. Contact the Early Learning Center at 520-494-5149 for more information.

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

Eloy Santa Cruz Library: 1000 N. Main St., Eloy, AZ 85131

Gila River Indian Community: 192 S. Skill Center Rd., Sacaton, AZ 85147

*At this time, RETURNING students may register by contacting our office at the Adult Education email address:

**Due to the COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, we are only offering online classes.

GED Test

The GED Test

The website provides more information about the content of the test and enables students to set up a MyGED account. A MyGED account is required to take the GED test. The MyGED account will allow you to schedule the test and pay for it.  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.

GED testing is available at Signal Peak, Superstition Mountain, and Aravaipa Campuses. For more information, click here.

Pre Testing - TABE

Why TABE test?
The Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE) test is an assessment for students in GED preparation classes to identify what areas a student should focus on in their studies to be able to pass the GED tests. Student will take the TABE test during the first week of class. Instructors will review the results with the student to create an education plan. To review progress and assess readiness, students will be invited to progress test after 40 hours of instruction have been completed. Based on results, students and instructors can adjust the education plan and keep moving toward passing the GED tests.


TABE subtest focuses on spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, etc.

TABE subtest focuses on vocabulary and reading comprehension.

TABE subtest focuses on basic math, fractions, percentages and the decimal system.