High School Equivalency Diploma
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GED was the name of the old high school equivalency test. The new Indiana Test is called TASC. Once you become a student at LARA, you will prepare for the test. By taking the test, you will earn an HSE (high school equivalency) diploma.
Any adult who wishes to start or finish their high school diploma.
For youth 18 and under:
- Must be 16 years of age or older.
- Must have an Indiana State ID.
- Students under 18 must have parent signature and proof that student exited high school.
The length of preparation depends on your skill level. To become a student, you take the TABE test (Test for Adult Basic Education). This test is a measurement of your reading, writing, and math skills. If your past educational history indicates that you would score high on these subjects, you may qualify as a Provisional Student. In this case, you would complete the TASC Readiness Exams and your preparation time would be decreased. Since LARA is not on a standard school semester schedule, you take the test when you can show that you are ready. After you register online, you will be called for an advising appointment. The advisor will discuss your options and help you determine the best path for you.
All classes at LARA are free. Although, the TASC test which is required to complete the HSE diploma costs $115, or each subtest costs $23.
Steps To Earn Your HSE Diploma
Step 1: Register for Classes
Follow the link above to enroll in the HSE Diploma program! This program has rolling start dates, so enroll today to get started.
Getting you familiar with LARA.
Step 2: Attend Orientation Meeting
An advisor at LARA will meet with you to explain what services, resources, and support is offered here to help you on your path towards success. You will be guided through LARA’s policies, procedures, and expectations during this orientation process. You will spend some time reflecting on the following:
- Why do you want to attend LARA?
- What skills and knowledge do you wish to gain at LARA?
- How do you plan on achieving those goals at LARA?
- How will LARA serve as a stepping stone towards your future goals?
Knowing where your skills are lets us help you improve your skills.
Step 3: Take A Pre-Test
You will the take the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE), which is a comprehensive test assessing your current skill levels in reading, math, and language. This is not a pass/fail exam, but rather serves as placement exam that determines which class you will you be enrolled in. Your scores will inform you, your advisors, and your teachers about your current skill level, specific areas of improvement, and which subjects to focus on.
Where's your class and who's your teacher?
Step 4: Class Schedule
You will meet with your advisor, who will walk you through the remaining steps of the orientation process and get you enrolled into your class. Your schedule and time commitment will be discussed and you will find out the location your class is and who your teacher is.
First Day of Classes
Step 5: Meet Your Teacher
During your first day of class, your teacher will orient you to their classroom. They meet with you one-on-one to discuss your TABE test results, identify which of the 3 subjects (reading, math, English) will be your study focus, and design a learning plan for you.
Attend class and study regularly. Keep the momentum going!
Step 6: Prepare For The TASC Test
Your teacher will provide you with independent study materials such as workbooks, assignments, and practice exams to help you prepare for the 5 subject TASC tests in reading, writing, math, social studies, and science. Under your teacher’s discretion, or once you’ve attended class for 40 hours, you may take a post-test in TABE (similar to the Pre-Test from Step 3) to serve as a practice test for the TASC test. Tutoring is also available for extra help.
Finding the time to test.
Step 7: Schedule Your TASC Tests
You will discuss your schedule availability with your teacher and your teacher will coordinate with the Assessment Office to get you scheduled for each of the 5 TASC tests.
It's game time!
Step 8: The Day of Each TASC Test
It’s time to take your TASC tests! You’ve come a long way and graduation is just around the corner!
Once your test scores are available, you will be notified by your teacher or the Assessment Coordinator and they will instruct you on how to move forward.
Congratulations! You made it! Revel in this glorious achievement!
Step 9: Graduation
You passed the TASC Test and now it’s time to celebrate with your loved ones! Congratulations on reaching this milestone of earning your HSE credential. We are proud of what you’ve accomplished and we are honored to be part of your journey.
Are you ready to get started?
Follow the link below to register. Please note this button will redirect you to our enrollment portal: www.pathway4ward.org
Do you have more questions?
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