Adult Basic Education
Frequently Asked Questions

 

The San Juan College Adult Basic Education program formally began in 1971 and continues to provide access, academic support services, for students who want to obtain a GED, improve their basic skills, or learn English.

In an effort to inform students and community members this document includes responses to frequently asked questions.

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ABE - Adult Education

How old do I have to be to attend classes?

All students must be 18 years to attend classes. This includes GED and ESOL.

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What if I'm under 18 and want to attend classes?

Students between the ages of 16 – 18 must complete the State of New Mexico Underage forms PRIOR to attending a new student orientation.  To obtain the forms, please follow the following steps:

  1. Student and legal guardian must come to the ABE Office at 3539 E. 30th Street.
  2. Student must have a current, government issued, picture ID.
  3. Parent completes the hardship section of form.
  4. Student and parent visit the last school the student was enrolled in. 
  5. Authorized school official completes the form and dis-enrolls student from school.
  6. Student and parent return the forms to the ABE Office.

 

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How much does it cost to take GED or ESOL Classes?

GED and ESOL classes are free.  Materials are provided however, the materials must stay with the program.

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Is a GED not the same as a high school diploma?

In the State of New Mexico, a GED is considered the same credential as a high school diploma.  All colleges and universities accept the GED as the equivalent of a high school diploma.

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How many tests are there on the GED?

The GED consists of 5 different tests – Language Arts/Reading, Science, Social Studies, Math, and Language Arts/Writing.

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Is the GED easy?

The GED is a difficult test. Never fear, the San Juan College ABE program is here to help. Our students have a great success rate for passing the final test.

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What if I can only attend classes some of the time?

The program has a strict attendance policy.  It is to the benefit of the student to begin classes when you are committed to attending classes on a regular basis.  For more details about the policies of the program, refer to the Student Contract and Student Classroom Policies.

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How long will it take me to get my GED?

The length of time it will take any individual to pass the entire GED test varies.  All individuals come into the program at different skill levels. The amount of time and effort put into the classes and the amount of time individuals will use outside the classroom using smart lab, tutoring and self-study will all help accelerate the timeframe. Students pass the test within months, or even years.  This will be up to the individuals dedication.

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How many times can I take the test?

All 5 batteries of the GED test can be taken up to 3 times in a calendar year.

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I am really nervous about enrolling into the GED program. What can I expect?

It is normal to be anxious or nervous about returning to school. The ABE program is a diverse program. We provide classes to students from the age of 16 and up. There is no age limit. Some of our students come from high school; others have full-time or part-time jobs and families to support. No matter what your background or educational experience is our staff and instructors are here to help you better your life and the lives of your families through education.

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What if I decide after enrolling that I am not ready to dedicate myself to school at this time in my life?

After attending orientation and before Placement testing, you will have enough information to decide if this is a program you can dedicate yourself to. If after orientation, you decide that our classes will not fit in your daily schedule, be sure to let our friendly ABE staff know and we will let you know of other alternatives.

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What happens if I enroll into the ABE program but I have to quit attending?

Sometimes life gets in the way. It is important that before enrolling into the program, you have reliable transportation, dependable childcare, and that your employer is aware of your desire to return to school and that they will work with your class schedule. The ABE program has a student contract that describes our attendance policy. It is important that you understand the policy and what happens when a student quits attending the program or has to drop out due to life circumstances.

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What happens if I take the Placement Test and I am ready to take the final GED tests in some subjects, but not others?

This is common. Most students are strong in some subjects and need classes in others. A student has 3 years to complete all 5 parts of the final GED test. If you are ready to take some subjects after Placement testing, you will be referred to take those tests. You will continue classes until you are ready to take the other subjects.

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What happens if I pay the $40.00 testing fee to take all parts of the final GED test and I donít pass all parts of the final?

If you take all parts, and only fail one subject, you will return to class in that subject and you will eligible to re-take that test in 30 days. If you fail two or more subjects, you will return to class to work on those subjects and will be eligible to re-take those tests in 60 days.

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I took the final GED tests 2 years ago and I passed everything but math. Do I have to start all over again?

GED test scores are good for 3 years. If you took the final test 2 years ago, go to your local testing center and get a copy of your scores. If you feel you need classes in order to successfully complete the portion(s) you did not pass, follow the process attending New Student Orientation and Placement Testing. Bring in the copy of your final GED test scores so you will only be tested and placed in class for the subject(s) you did not pass.

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What available resources are there to assist students in need?
The ABE Student Advisor is available to assist in finding resources such as: childcare, Red Apple Bus student discount passes, student advising, referrals for counseling services, assistance in filling out applications for Medicaid, food stamps, TANF, etc. There is also financial assistance to Native American students who qualify through the National Indian Youth Council, and Shiprock Workforce.

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Once I pass the final GED tests, is there any assistance in helping me enroll into San Juan College?
The ABE Student Advisor assists students who have successfully passed all parts of the final GED tests enroll into college. Services include assistance in filling out the San Juan College admissions application, scholarship applications, federal financial aid, career interest surveys, San Juan College tours, etc.

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