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College Depot is open!! Due to storm damage, Burton Barr Central Library will be closed as it undergoes repairs. However, we have found a temporary location to offer our services. This location is at the Emmett McLoughlin Community Training & Education Center, which is located at 1150 S. 7th Avenue. Our advisors have resumed taking normal appointments. We apologize for any inconvenience this temporary change in location may cause. Burton Barr Central Library is estimated to reopen in June of 2018. We will make sure to update the public as more information and programming becomes available. Check here for updates.  If you have any questions, email college.depot@phoenix.gov or call 602.261.8847.


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We connect adults and youth who have not completed high school to educational opportunities and resources that lead to a high school diploma or the equivalent (GED preparation). These resources and opportunities are located in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Greater Valley of Phoenix in general. We also offer a list of ESL class locations in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Greater Valley of Phoenix in general. 

Get a customized education plan:


 
​Continue​ your education and earn your degree. For drop-in assistance times or to schedule an appointment, please call 602.261.8847 or fill out the form at the bottom of this page and someone will be in touch with you soon.

GED Prep Sites and Alternative Schools

List of GED​ Preparation ​Sites​​​​​​This is our comprehensive and up-to-date list of GED preparation sites throughout the valley. Each location has different methods and requirements. Give us a call and we can help connect you with the location that will best meet your individual needs. Una versión de la lista está​ disponible en español​​. ​​​

This list is also broken down by region:​

List of Alternative High School Loca​tions​​​
Check out this list of alternative high school locations throughout the valley. This list is updated on a monthly basis. Feel free to send additional locations to add to the list by emailing college.depot@phoenix.gov. Most alternative high schools offer some type of credit recovery for students who are behind on credits and still under 22 years of age. For help connecting with the location that best meets your individual needs, please call Kristopher Seydel at 602-261-8847​.


ESL Classes in Phoenix/ Ubicaciones de ESL Clases en Phoenix

List of ESL class locations in Phoenix - This is our comprehensive and up-to-date list of ESL class locations throughout the valley ​/ Greater Phoenix. Aquí está nuestra lista completa de las ubicaciones de las clases de ESL en el valle de Phoenix  -  en español.


Frequently Asked Questions

A: Yes. For individuals who are under 22 years of age, alternative high schools are an ideal, no-cost option. There are a vast number of alternative high schools to fit a wide variety of student circumstances. Individuals over the age of 21 can apply for a tuition waiver to attend Phoenix Public Library’s Career Online High School. Additionally, we provide referrals to GED preparation programs throughout the valley Those who are 16-21 are encouraged to enroll in an alternative high school, most of which offer some type of credit recovery program (normally accelerated) leading to a high school diploma. Being able to earn your high school diploma after dropping out can depend on at least two factors: age and the amount of high school credits you have left to complete the requirements to graduate. Arizona requires that you have 22 credits (depending on the year you entered high school) to earn your high school diploma. If you are significantly behind on credits and you would turn 22 before you would graduate, then you should consider Career Online High School or a GED preparation program. Please give us a call at 602-261-8847 for more information or to set up an appointment with an advisor who can assess your individual situation and connect you with the best option to meet your needs.
A: The GED test refers to a series of four testing modules (Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning and Reasoning through Language Arts) that, when passed with a 145 or higher, earn you your Arizona High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma, which proves that you have the same skills required by high schools. With a HSE Diploma (commonly referred to as the GED), you can qualify for better employment opportunities and enroll in college. Also, for those applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), enrolling at a GED test preparation site or earning your HSE diploma helps you meet the continuing education portion of the DACA application.
A:The total cost of taking the test is $140. Each testing module is $35 and can be taken separately at different times. If you fail a testing module, you can receive a $20 discount from ged.com to retake that module.
A: In order to obtain your HSE diploma, you must pass each of the four testing modules with a 145 or better. The test score levels are as follows: 145-164 – Pass/ High School Equivalency 165-174 – GED College Ready 175-200 – GED College Ready + Credit
A: Yes, with an HSE diploma you will be accepted at any community college, although you will still need to take placement tests to determine what course levels you will begin at. According to ged.com, if you’ve earned the College Ready score on your GED test, it means that you likely have the skills to start college-level courses and depending on the school or program you to apply to, you may not have to take a placement test or any non-credit courses in college. If you’ve earned the College Ready + Credit score on your GED test, you may demonstrate some of the same skills that are taught in college-level courses and depending on the school or program you apply to, you may be eligible for up to 3 math credits, 3 science credits, 3 social studies credits and 1 English credit. State universities and 4-year colleges require you to have a score of 165 or higher to qualify for admittance. If you know where you would like to study, the best bet is to contact their admissions office and ask them directly if they will accept an HSE diploma. If your goal is to attend a four-year college but your GED score isn't high enough, you can start at a community college and then transfer to a four-year college (depending on your GPA at the community college). For more information call College Depot to set up an appointment with a college planning advisor today!
A: Every 10-15 years the test is revamped to make it current with the contemporary standards applied to high school students for them to graduate. Aside from content updates, the GED tests are entirely computer based, which means results are immediate. In addition, the GED passing score has changed to 145 instead of 150 and the GED with Honors score has been replaced by two new score levels that show you’re ready for college and you can even be eligible to earn college college credits (GED College Ready: 165-174, GED College Ready + Credit: 175-200).
A: If you took a GED test subject between January 1, 2014 and March 1, 2016, and earned a score between 145-149 on that subject, your records have been automatically updated to show that you passed that test. If you did not pass all 5 testing modules for the 2013 version, then you will need to begin all over again with the newest version.
A: Most people aren’t able to simply go down and pass the tests without any preparation, so they elect to enroll in a GED preparation site. These sites generally give regular classes on the content in the four different areas of the GED test to help prepare people with the skills they need to be able to pass the GED test and earn their HSE diploma. Each site is different in the methods (teacher guided or self-paced, cost, language of instruction, ect.) they use to provide GED test preparation. Call 602-261-8847 to set up an appointment with a ReEngage Advisor today to get a customized education plan for you.

Feel free to contact us at 602.261.8847 or email us at college.depot@phoenix.gov to set up a ReEngage appointment.

Helpful Resources 

Sign up fo​​r a GED​​ test/ Find GE​D Testing Centers​
Create an account to register for one of the four GED test modules, locate testing centers or get additional GED resources and information.

Arizona GED Tes​t Info
Review testing rules for Arizona and get answers to any other questions you might have. 

Library's Free GED Pre​p Software
Helps you evalu​ate and build your skills in the four GED content areas to help you take the tests (requires library card). 

Varsity Tutors GED​ Prep​
Free GED learning tools offering a comprehensive suite of resources to help you improve your ​abilities in the required GED testing areas (Math, Social Studies, Science, and Lan​guage Arts). Diagnostic tests, practice tests, flashcards and example content in specific concepts are offered.

Mo​metrix Free GED Test Prep​
Mometrix Academy offers a lot of free GED practice test questions and videos you can use to get ready for the exam​.

​Intera​ctive Map of GE​D Prep Sites​​
This map created by Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA) allows you to search for all types of services available to the community in the Phoenix metropolitan area. To pull up GED preparation sites on the map click on the contents button, deselect​ the "Youth Disconnected Rate" tab and then select the "GED Preparation" tab. 

 

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