Transitional Studies Students at A-B Tech

Prepare for a High School Equivalency test (HiSET® or GED®)

Prepare for the HiSET® or the GED® test with the help of our instructors.

Our classroom instruction is based on best practices in adult education and we target our lessons to help students develop the skills and knowledge they will need to pass a high school equivalency exam. It's okay if you have been out of school for a long time. We work with students at all levels in reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, and science.


Step 1:  Sign Up for an Orientation/Registration Session

(Note: Students who are 16 or 17 years old must have a completed Minor Permission Form submitted prior to Orientation/Registration. Scroll down for more info.)

Call (828) 398-7433 to sign up for one of our upcoming registration sessions. If you are interested in attending at our Madison Campus, please call (828) 398-7700 to reserve a space in the registration session held there. Orientation/Registration sessions are held about every two months, one or two weeks before a class session starts. Continuously enrolled students can pre-register for the next class session without having to go through an Orientation/Registration session again.

Step 2:  Attend an Orientation/Registration Session (5 hours)

You will receive important information about the HiSET® and the GED® tests and about our test preparation program, including class schedules, attendance requirements, and support services. You will also take a placement test, called a TABE, in math and language arts. Your test scores will help us place you in the appropriate level classes and tailor our instruction to meet your individual needs. Before you leave, you will meet with someone to help you set your class schedule for the following eight weeks.

Step 3:  Schedule Your Test

Starting in 2016, HiSET® will be available as a new high school equivalency exam option at A-B Tech.  HiSET® is a paper and pencil test and the High School Equivalency (HSE) program classes will prepare students for this exam.


For students interested in the GED® test, when your skills are high enough to potentially pass a GED® test, you will visit to register for a testing session. There is a per-test fee of about $20. You can pay online, or at the cashier window in the Hemlock Building.


If you have been studying for the high school equivalency tests through A-B Tech's HSE program, you may be eligible for financial assistance with the HiSET® and GED® test fees and with curriculum programs at A-B Tech. Ask your instructors for more information.


If students are 16 or 17 years of age, they must fill out a minor permission form before orientation. Minor Permission Forms can be picked up in the Hemlock Building, room 304 or 305, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

 For additional information, call (828) 398-7433 or e-mail for more information.