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Enroll in Our High School Equivalency Program

High School Equivalency (GED & HiSET) Program Overview

We have a comprehensive program to earn your high school equivalency diploma. Two exam options are available at our center: GED and HiSET. Our program is designed for success. At the DAEC, students master one or two subjects at a time before moving on to others. This focused learning yields higher test scores and quicker completion.

The GED is a nationally recognized high school equivalency diploma. You must pass the following four subject computer-based tests in order to obtain your Colorado High School Equivalency Diploma: mathematical reasoning, reasoning through language arts, science and social studies. We care about your next steps in life and our GED classes will help you get there.

The HiSET from Educational Testing Services (ETS) is a newer way to earn your high school equivalency state-issued credential. You must pass the following five subject tests in order to obtain your Colorado High School Equivalency Diploma: mathematics, language arts – reading, language arts – writing, science and social studies. We offer paper-based HiSET exams, providing an alternative to computer-based testing.

Our courses are designed to meet the needs of each individual student, so call us now and let’s get you enrolled.

Special Note on GED Exams

Students who previously tested between 145 and 150 with a non-pass on a GED exam are now officially considered passers in that subject! GED Testing Service lowered the passing score from 150 to 145 in all 4 subjects, and these new lower pass scores are retroactive, starting January 1, 2014.

Please call us at 970.385.4354 ext 16 for more information!

Students who don't have a high school diploma can begin studying for the GED or HiSET test. Students must be at least 16 years or older to enroll in the HSE program. If you are under 17, you will not be admitted into the program without completing an age waiver form process.

New students will need to register for the HSE program in person and attend one orientation session. Contact us either by calling or stopping by our physical location to make an appointment for the orientation. Office hours are Monday & Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The $40.00 registration fee for those who haven't attended within 6 months covers all the prep classes, instruction and materials necessary to complete the GED or HiSET tests. Need based scholarships available. Official practice tests are $6.00 each.
Yes! More than ninety-five percent of colleges accept a High School Equivalency. All High School Equivalencies are eligible for financial aid.
Each of the four GED subtests cost $37.50 for a total of $150.00; GED subtests can be taken one at a time or in various combinations. Official GED practice tests are $6 each. Each of the five HiSET subtests cost $27.50 for a total of $137.50; HiSET subtests can be taken one at a time or in various combinations. Official HiSET practice tests are $6 each. Need-based scholarships are often available for enrolled students who meet certain criteria, so don’t let cost be a barrier.
The GED exams are computer-based. The HiSET exams are "paper and pencil", not computer-based.

Meet a High School Equivalency Teacher

Colleen Brennan, Language Arts & Social Studies teacher came to the Durango Adult Education Center two years ago with an very interesting teaching background. She started her teaching career in a very remote Alaskan village and then traveled to New Zealand to teach for two years. She returned to the United States and taught in various high schools in Arizona, New Mexico and finally settled settling here in Colorado. Colleen shares, “One of the aspects of teaching that I like is learning. As a teacher, you can always learn new things, meet new people and have new experiences. I also like the fact that teaching provides a healthy work-life balance. I try to take full advantage of my time off to recharge myself and renew my energy for teaching.”