Earn Your High School Equivalency Diploma Here At LARA!
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Here at LARA, we provide you with the guidance, encouragement, and resources to support you on your academic and professional journey. Wherever you may be on your journey, we are here to help you transform your goals into concrete, actionable steps that you can take in order to achieve them. Specifically, we provide adults the chance to complete their high school education by helping them prepare for the high school equivalency (HSE) test known as the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). The TASC is an extensive test comprised of 5 subject exams: Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
Earning your HSE credential here at LARA opens the door to many career options and higher education opportunities, bringing you a step closer to your future aspirations. We look forward to assisting you on your journey to success!
– 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.
Steps To Your HSE Diploma
Finding the time that works.
Step 1: Schedule An Appointment
Fill out the request form and a staff member from LARA will contact you to set an appointment.
Getting you familiar with LARA.
Step 2: Attend Orientation Meeting
An advisor at LARA will meet with you and other prospective students in a small group, to explain what services, resources, and support is offered here to help you on your path towards success. You will be guided through the policies, procedures, and expectations at LARA during this orientation process.
This is a time for you to get curious: learn more about LARA, ask questions, and identify short-term and long-term academic and career goals. You will spend some time reflecting on:
- Why do you want to attend LARA?
- What skills and knowledge do you wish to achieve 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. The pre-test serves as placement exam that determines which class you will you be enrolled in. Your scores will inform advisors, teachers, and you about your current skill level, specific areas of improvement, and which subject to focus on.
Where's your class and who's your teacher?
Step 4: Enroll In Class
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, you will find out where your class is, and who your teacher is.
Showing up for the first day of class.
Step 5: Meet Your Teacher
During your first day of class, your teacher or a teaching assistant 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 the 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. You will be informed of the testing procedures and requirements.
It's game time!
Step 8: The Day of Each TASC Test
Get enough sleep and rest prior to the subject TASC Test you are taking that day, especially if you will be taking more than one subject test back-to-back. Stay hydrated and eat at least an hour or two beforehand. Breathe, relax, and remember the energy and time you invested to get here. 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.
What's next? Reflecting on experiences and moving forward.
Step 10: Exit Interview
Speak with your teacher or your advisor about your experiences at LARA and what comes next after LARA.