The High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) is an alternative credential to a high school diploma for adults. Our program offers standards-based classes to prepare students for the High School Equivalency Diploma.
Students have several options to complete their HSED. There are three pathways available for students to achieve their HSED. During registration, each student will meet with a HSED staff member to discuss which pathway may be right for them.
In the HiSET (formerly GED) option, students take five tests over the core subjects (Math, Reading, Writing, Social Studies, and Science). In preparation for these tests, we offer free classes taught by Western Iowa Tech HSED instructors that prepare you for success not just with the tests, but also in your career or future college experience.
Most students need to take classes to improve their reading, writing, math, social studies, or science skills before taking the HiSET exam.
Classes are available in-person, on Zoom, or online. In-person and Zoom classes are offered in the daytime and evening. Regular participation each week is absolutely necessary for success. These classes are intensive and missing even one day’s worth of assignments can put students significantly behind.
Your length of study depends on your academic level and how much time and effort you put into studying, class time, and homework. Each student is different. Some students earn their high school equivalency in a few months, while other students take a few years to complete the program. The average length of time to complete the program is six months - one year.
Classes are free.
HiSET tests are $10.75 each for a total of $53.75 for all five tests. **In January 2024, the cost of each HiSET exam will increase to $15.00 per test (total of $75.00 for all five tests).
In this pathway, students will work independently in an online program to complete the coursework needed for their remaining high school credits.
Each independent study course is offered through an online platform. An instructor will be available for tutoring and advising services. All mid-term and final exams will be proctored at Western Iowa Tech with an instructor or through remote proctoring services.
Students will get the first two months of access to their online coursework free and then will have to pay $25 per month for further access (if needed).
In this pathway, the participant will be awarded a High School Equivalency Diploma if they present a postsecondary degree equivalent to an associate degree or higher.
To qualify for this option, the participant will need to meet the following requirements:
|Session 1||Aug. 21 - Oct. 12, 2023|
|Session 2||Oct. 23 - Dec. 14, 2023|
|Session 3||Jan. 8 - Mar. 7, 2024|
|Session 4||Mar. 18 - May 9, 2024|
|Summer Session||May 28 - Aug. 1, 2024|