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GED Classes Des Moines, Iowa

This page lists all GED® (in Iowa: HiSET) prep classes and testing sites in the Des Moines area.

The HiSET has five subtests in Science, Social Studies, Language Writing, Language Reading, and Math.

The HiSET measures proficiency at a level comparable to that of high school students upon graduation.

You can take the HiSET on a computer or in a paper-and-pencil format.

There is NO online HiSET or GED testing. You need to come to a state-approved testing site to sit for the exam in person.

Online-acquired documents are worthless and will not be accepted by schools and employers.

Des Moines GED (HiSET) prep classes (by ZIP)

Iowa HiSET Practice Test

Iowa Workforce Development Ctr (DMACC)
430 E Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA  50309, Phone: 515-281-9619/515-287-8714

Central Iowa Shelter & Services
205 15th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309, Phone: 515-284-5719

Central Iowa Shelter & Services (DMACC)
1420 Mulberry Street, Des Moines, IA 50309, Phone: 515-284-5719

Grubb YMCA
1611 11th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309, Phone: 515-246-0791

Education Center-Employ Training Program
3115 Douglas Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310, Phone: 515-633-3031

Proteus Employment Opportunities Inc.
3115 Douglas Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310, Phone: 515-633-3031

Friendship Center
1526 Martin Luther King Pkwy. Des Moines, IA 50311, Phone: 515-244-1701

Goodwill Industries of Des Moines
4900 NE 22nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50313, Phone: 515-265-5323

Tom Varilek Education Center (Society of St. Vincent de Paul – DMACC)
1426 Sixth Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314, Phone: 515-282-8327 ext. 17
HiSET prep classes are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 5 – 7:30 p.m

Iowa Community Action Association
1620 Pleasant St, Suite 214, Des Moines, IA 50314, Phone: 515-244-0307

Des Moines Area Community College Urban Campus (Zack Hamlett Center-Bldg. 5)
1100 7th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314, Phone: 515-697-7814
HiSET classes are offered in English and Spanish. HiSET applicants must request an orientation session. They can call or stop by Urban Campus, Building Five.

Urban Dreams
1410 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314, Phone: 515-288-4742

Oakridge Neighborhood (DMACC)
1401 Center Street, Des Moines, IA 50314, Phone: 515-287-8714
Classes are available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Des Moines Area Community College-Adult Literacy Program *)
800 Porter Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50315, Phone: 515-287-8701

Southridge Career Academy ( DMACC )
111 E Army Post Road, Des Moines, IA 50315, Phone: 515-287-8700

Success Program Des Moines
1001 Amos Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50315, Phone: 515-242-7890

Iowa HiSET testing requirements

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Locations around Des Moines (cities by alphabet)

Des Moines Area Community College-Hunziker Center
1420 S Bell Avenue, Ames, IA 50010, Phone: 515-290-4775

Des Moines Area Community College-Ankeny Campus
2006 S Ankeny Boulevard, Building 17-5, Ankeny, IA 50023, Phone 515-964-6255

Huntington Education Center Ankeny
1802 SE Delaware Avenue, Suite 111, Ankeny, IA 50021, Phone: 515-965-3864

Des Moines Area Comm. College-Boone 
1125 Hancock Drive, Room 102, Boone, IA 50036, Phone: 515-433-5096

Des Moines Area Comm. College-Carroll
906 N Grant Road, Room 157, Carroll, IA 50401, Phone: 712-792-1755

Iowa Workforce Development Center
619 N Carroll Street, Carroll, IA 51401, Phone: 712-792-2685

Indian Hills Community College-Lucas Education Center
123 E Grace Avenue, Chariton, IA 50049, Phone: 641-774-8614

Wayne County Center (Indian Hills Community Coll.)
417 S East Street, Ste 200, Corydon, IA 50060, Phone: 641-872-3033

Southwestern Community College
1501 W Townline Street, Creston, IA 50801, Phone: 641-782-1497

Creston Iowa Workforce Development Center
215 N Elm Street, Creston, IA 50801, Phone: 641-782-2119

Iowa Central Community College Adult Education
1 Triton Circle, Fort Dodge, IA 50501, Phone: 515-574-1959

Iowa Central Comm. College-East Campus
2031 Quail Avenue, Fort Dodge, IA 50501, Phone: 515-574-1959

Fort Dodge Workforce Development
3 Triton Circle, Fort Dodge, IA 50501, Phone: 515-576-3131

Adair County Neighborhood Center
354 Public Square, Greenfield, IA 50849, Phone: 641-743-2424

Indianola Learning Center
1301 E 2nd Street, Indianola, IA 50125, Phone: 515-961-9580

Indianola High School
1304 E 1st Avenue, Indianola, IA 50125, Phone: 515-961-9510

Kirkwood Community College-Iowa City Learning Ctr
1810 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City, IA 52240, Phone: 319 – 887-3656
See all Iowa City area options here

First United Methodist Church (ICCC)
307 S Wilson Avenue, Jefferson, IA 50129, Phone: 515-574-1263

Promise Jobs
3014 E Main Street, Knoxville, IA 50138, Phone: 641-842-6566

Knoxville High School
1811 W Madison Street, Knoxville, IA 50138, Phone: 800-362-2127 x 8700

Knoxville Library (DMACC)
213 E Montgomery Street, Knoxville, IA 50138, Phone: 515-287-8714
HiSET classes: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at GOAL/East Elementary.

United Methodist Church
9th and Maple Street, Lamoni, IA 50140, Phone: 641-782-1497

Lenox Public Library
101 North Main Street, Lenox, IA 50851, Phone: 641-782-1497

The Family Place
907 W 1st Street, Suite 1, Leon, IA 50144, Phone: 641-446-3801

Marshalltown Community College
3702 S Center Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158, Phone: 641-844-5780
You can find all Marshalltown area prep facilities here

Ringgold County Activity Center
110 N Taylor Street, Mt. Ayr, IA 50854, Phone: 641-782-1497

Des Moines Area Comm. College-Newton
600 N 2nd Avenue W, Room 109, Newton, IA 50208, Phone: 641-791-1730

Metropolitan Community College-Omaha
3002 South 24th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68108, Phone: 402.457.2312
Check all Omaha area GED classes here: Omaha GED Classes

SWCC-Osceola Center
2520 College Drive, Osceola, IA 50213, Phone: 641-782-1497

Indian Hills Comm. College-Ottumwa 
603 Indian Hills Drive, Ottumwa, IA 52501, Phone: 800-726-2585 x 5181
For all Ottumwa prep sites click on this link

Pella Community High School HiSET Classes
212 East University, Pella, Iowa 50219, Phone: 641-628-3870

Perry VanKirk Career Academy (DMACC)
1011 2nd Street, Perry, IA 50220, Phone: 515-428-8100
HiSET prep classes are available Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m.
Spanish HiSET prep classes are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m.

DMACC at Perry VanKir Career Academy
1011 2nd Avenue, Perry, IA 50220, Phone: 515-287-8702

Iowa Central Community College-Webster City
1725 Beach Street, Webster City, IA 50595, Phone: 515-832-1632

IowaWorks Webster City
403 Elm Street, Webster City, IA 50595, Phone: 515-832-5261

All Cultures Equal HiSET Classes
1440 2nd Street, Webster City, IA 50595, Phone: 515-832-4153

Huntington Learning Center
1303 50th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50266, Phone: 515-225-6320

West Des Moines Human Services
318 5th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265, Phone: 515-222-3660

DMACC-West Campus
5959 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50266, Phone: 515-633-2472
HiSET prep classes are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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GED Requirements in Iowa

Des Moines area GED (HiSET) testing centers

Des Moines Area Community College
1100 7th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314, Phone: 515-287-8700

Des Moines Area Community College
800 Porter Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50315, Phone: 515-287-8701

Des Moines Area Community College
2006 S Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny, IA 50023, Phone: 515-287-8700

Iowa Western Community College
705 Walnut Street, Atlantic, IA 50022, Phone: 712-325-3441

Des Moines Area Community College
1125 Hancock Drive, Boone, IA 50036, Phone: 515-287-8700

Southwestern Community College
1501 W Townline Street, Creston, IA 50801, Phone: 641-782-7081

Iowa Central Community College
1 Triton Circle, Fort Dodge, IA 50501, Phone: 515-574-1959

Community Coll. of Marshalltown
3702 South Center St – Marshalltown – IA 50158 – Ph: 641.844.5780

GED Requirements in Iowa

Why the HiSET exam

Iowa stopped using the GED at the start of 2014 and now uses the HiSET for the state’s HSE (High School Equivalency) testing program. The GED is offered exclusively on a computer while the HiSET exam comes with both a paper-based and a computerized version. To see if you qualify, go to GED (HiSET) testing in Iowa.

So Iowa switched to the HiSET to measure high school equivalent knowledge because the new GED exam was becoming very expensive, was only delivered on a computer, and had become too difficult to pass, especially for the people it was meant for in the first place.

The HiSET includes five separate tests on the educational subject fields of mathematics, language writing, language reading, social studies, and science. To pass the HiSET test you are required to score at least a testing result of 8 points on all five subject field tests, two points for your essay (out of six), and your overall score must be between 45 and 100.

The Iowa High School Equivalency diploma is accepted in the same way as a common HS diploma by practically all employers and schools. The HSE diploma will certainly lead to better career options and allows for a college education.

*) Des Moines Area Community College

*) From January 2014 the GED exam is only administrated on a computer, but already in 2012, DMACC (Des Moines Area Community College) was the first Iowa educational institution to offer GED testing by computer. The school takes some 1,500 GED exams every year, far more than whichever community college in the state, and the school was thrilled to be among the first institutions to make the change to computerized testing.

DMACC was part of a small pilot group of only three community colleges and actually was the first college to offer a fully computerized GED exam already in December 2012. Now the school administrates the HiSET exam.

The other two community colleges in this pilot group were Indian Hills Community College, and Western Iowa Community College. Back in 2012, at the first computerized GED exam, five people took the “digitalized” GED exam at DMACC’s Success Center on Porter Avenue in Des Moines, and all five passed.

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