This post lets you discover all GED® class locations and test centers in the Santa Fe region.
New Mexico is using two options for high school equivalency (HSE) testing, the GED exam and the HiSET.
The GED is totally computer-based while the HiSET can be done both on a computer and on paper.
Both HSE exams are measuring academic knowledge at the level of graduating HS seniors.
The HSE program provides adults who didn’t have the chance to finish high school another opportunity to secure an equivalent diploma.
The GED comes with four independent tests (modules) that can be taken separately within a two-year period of time.
The four testing GED fields are Mathematics, Literacy, Social Studies, and Science.
The HiSET contains five subtests (literacy includes individual writing and reading tests) that are offered separately, too.
Santa Fe GED-HiSET prep facilities
Santa Fe Community College-Adult Education *)
6401 S Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87508, Phone: 505-428-1356/1433
SFCC offers prep classes to help students prepare for both state-approved tests, the GED and HiSET. Classes are offered at various times in the evenings, afternoons, and mornings, and also on Saturdays. Classes are in English and Spanish.
Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe
6401 S Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87508, Phone: 505-428-1353
New Mexico Coalition for Literacy
3209 Mercantile Court, Suite B, Santa Fe, NM 87507, Phone: 505-982-3997
Babel Education-Santa Fe (NOT a GED-HiSET Program)
3216-A Richards Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87507, Phone: 505-204-4361 (NO GED-HiSET classes)
Non-profit organization Babel helps individuals and organizations that are working towards becoming multi-lingual/cultural by providing various programs on language (both learning and teaching). Babel provides language learning courses, and professional development programs for teachers. The agency also organizes seminars to stimulate bilingualism in general. Available are also classes in ESL (English as a Second Language), Spanish, Citizenship, as well as Literacy-based classes and teacher training. Babel does not offer GED classes but can be a great help for non-native English speakers.
Santa Fe Youthworks
420 La Madera Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501, Phone: 505-989-1855
SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc.
2516 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505, Phone: 505-473-0428
4985 Airport Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507, Phone: 505-424-9789
For information about Del Norte Credit Union Scholarship Program see **)
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Locations around Santa Fe (cities by alphabet)
Central NM Community Coll. Adult Education
525 Buena Vista Drive SE – Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106, 505.224.3939
For all Albuquerque are locations go to Albuquerque GED Classes
Alcalde GED-Delancey Street
Swan Lake Ranch, Alcalde, NM 87566, Phone: 505-852-4291
Clayton Public Library (Mesalands Community College)
17 Chestnut Street, Clayton, NM 88415, Phone: 575-461-4413
Cochiti Community Library-Education Department
255 Cochiti Street, Cochiti Pueblo, NM 87072, Phone: 505-465-3115
Northern New Mexico College (HEP-High School Equivalency Program)
921 N Paseo de Oñate, Española, NM 87532, Phone: 505-747-2195
Northern New Mexico College offers free ESL and GED-HiSET classes in the main Montoya Building (Room AD 115). The school accepts just 80 HSE students annually and travel, meal, and scholarship stipends are available to qualifying students.
Inside Out Recovery Center HSE Program
919 Riverside Drive, Ste B1, Española, NM 87532, Phone: 505-367-3500
Education Services Center (UNM-LA)
5117 Highway 4, Jemez Pueblo, NM 87024, Phone: 505-662-0338
Santo Domingo Community Library HSE Program
1 Tesuque Street – Kewa Pueblo – NM 87052 – Phone: 505-465-2214 x 2211
Luna Community College
366 Luna Drive, Las Vegas, NM 87701, Phone: 800-588-7232
The school offers GED preparation at sites in Las Vegas, Mora, Springer, and Santa Rosa
Home Education Livelihood Program
1212 National Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701, Phone: 505-425-9307 x 3005
The Literacy Council of NE New Mexico
1031 11th Street, Room 117, Las Vegas, NM 87701, Phone: 505-454-9944
Los Alamos Adult Learning Center (UNM)
4000 University Dr, Los Alamos, NM 87544, Phone: 505-662-0338
David Cargo Public Library (Luna Community College)
Highway 518, Mora, NM 87732, Phone: 575-387-6760
Ohkay Owingeh Adult Basic Education
352 Po’pay Avenue, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, NM 87566, Phone: 505-747-2195
Pojoaque Valley Adult Basic Education (NNMC)
39 Camino del Rincon, Pojoaque, NM 87506, Phone: 505-747-2195
Mesa View Alternative School (LCC)
1535 Tiger Circle, Raton, NM 87740, Phone: 575-483-5009
Luna Community Colege-Santa Rosa
213 S 4th Street – Santa Rosa – New Mexico 88435 – Phone: 575.472.1400
Luna Community College-Springer Satellite
516 Maxwell Avenue, Springer, NM 87747, Phone: 575-483-5009
The Literacy Center at UNM-Taos
115 Civic Plaza Drive, Taos, NM 87571, Phone: 575-737-3730
UNM-Taos offers an ABE (Adult Basic Education) program which includes GED (General Education Development) prep classes in English and Spanish, as well as ESL (English as a Second Language) for students aged 16 and older. If you did not finish high school and want to earn your GED diploma to get a better job or want to be ready for college, the GED program is your ticket.
Bridges Project for Education
112 Alexander Street Taos, NM 87571, Phone: 575-758-5074
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
1203 King Drive, Suite 3, Taos, NM 87571, Phone: 575-751-1420
Inside Out Recovery Center HSE Program-Taos
108 Kit Carson, Unit C, Taos, NM 87571, Phone: 505-367-3500
Chama Valley Adult Basic Education (NNMC)
1 Main Street, State Road 162, Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575. Phone: 575-756-4761
Rio Arriba County Detention Center (NNMC)
2 Main Street, Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575, Phone: 505-747-2195
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Santa Fe area GED-HiSET testing centers
Santa Fe Community College
6401 S Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87508, Phone: 505-428-1910
1157 County Road 110, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557, Phone: 575-737-3694
Visit also: Gallup area GED Programs
Personal appearance is required
The HiSET exam is cheaper than the GED, is available on paper as well, and is more accessible than the GED exam. The GED can only be taken on a computer. Testing centers decide which alternative they use, so please contact a testing site near you. You need to come to a state-certified testing site to take the tests in person. There is NO testing over the internet.
The GED-HiSET exam-who is it for?
Persons who have never obtained a high school diploma (or its equivalent) have a very affordable opportunity to get a secondary education credential, the GED or HiSET track. When you are awarded the GED/HiSET diploma or credential, you have much better options to get a stable job that pays well. Your chances for a career boost will improve and the GED/HiSET diploma lets you attend college and university programs. Go to HSE New Mexico Testing Criteria for qualification details.
The certificate or diploma that you will be awarded upon successful completion the new computer-based New Mexico GED or the HiSET credential is nationwide accepted as being equivalent to a normal high school diploma by practically every employer and college or university. The GED (or HiSET) exam assesses knowledge and skills at a level that high school students must command when they graduate.
The GED exam comes with four tests on the fields of Math, Literacy, Science, and Social Studies whereas the HiSET includes five tests (two literacy tests, one on writing, one on reading). The GED tests can be taken individually within a time frame of two years, the HiSET tests can be taken separately as well. Be aware that there is NO online GED or HiSET exam. Internet sites trying to sell you this option are fraudulent.
The U.S. Department of Labor has calculated that a high school graduate or a GED-HiSET diploma holder will see a yearly salary increase of more than $9,000 compared to workers that don’t have a secondary education credential (HS or GED/HiSET diploma). The GED-HiSET diploma will certainly not deal with all problems you face in life, but it surely is a great step in the good direction towards a better job, a better income, and a better future. To get well-prepared you can use this website’s totally free video instruction and practice tests. Highly efficient, no cost.
What is the GED-HiSET exam?
The GED program is more than just an assessment system. It is continuing to provide the chance to acquire a high school comparable credential but goes much further now, by measuring applicants’ college- and career-readiness skills and knowledge that are required to be able to attend contemporary college and university programs and to be able to function properly in tomorrow’s companies.
The four GED tests
The GED exam has four tests: Reasoning through Language Arts (this section is 155 minutes and has a 10 minute break, and includes a 45 minute extended response item), Mathematical Reasoning (this section is 120 minutes, and has a hand calculator-prohibited and on-screen calculator-allowed section), Science (this section takes 90 minutes and comes with a few short answer items), and Social Studies (this is a 70 minute section that includes a 25 minute extended response item). The HiSET comes with five subtests that are timed and scored differently.
GED-HiSET passing score
The passing score was 150 points for each subject (the scale is 100-200), but a few years ago, this was adjusted to 145. So now a minimum total of 580 points is required. Beware that scores will expire if your testing is not completed within two years. The GED tests are offered on computer only. It has been proven that even candidates with hardly any computer and keyboarding skills had enough time type in their answers. For more details go to this page. Here’s also a link to a post that shows all US GED testing locations and prep facilities.
The GED exam has a lot of different question types: multiple choice (though most have disappeared), fill-in-the-blank questions, some drag-and-drop, and drop-down portions, short answer topics, and extended response items. On the HiSET exam you must, for each of the 5 tests, score in the 8-20 range, your essay score cannot be under two (6 is the maximum score), and your total score must be between 45 and 100.
Registration for the GED exam is now much easier. Go to GED.com to learn everything about the new examination, and create an account with MyGED. You will have access an online portal that is filled with information about the best GED preparation, scheduling, payments, rescheduling, and cancellation policies, test results, college profiling, employment market developments, career opportunities, and a lot more. You’ll be surprised.
When you feel you are ready to schedule a test (one at a time is possible) log into your MyGED account, go to ‘Start scheduling’ answer the questions, and schedule one or more tests. You only need to pay for the test you schedule!. If you happen to be 16 or 17 at the time of testing you will be required to complete and submit an ‘Underage Verification Form (UVF)’ to be able to register at your MyGED account.
The GED fee
The GED exam fee in New Mexico is $80 for the entire battery of four tests. You have the option to take one or more modules (tests) at a time, and you only need to pay for the tests you take. Your test scores stand for two years, so you have plenty of time to prepare for all tests separately. If needed, applicants can still get two free retakes. The HiSET fee is $75.
*) Santa Fe Community College
If you are ready to complete your GED or HiSET exam, Santa Fe Community College will help you get ready for the tests via HSE class lessons and personalized instruction, provided by committed and friendly teachers. The school works in five-week courses, but this is not meaning that after these five weeks you will be done.
Everything depends on the level of your knowledge and skills, and most important, your commitment. Never mind how long you will take to complete the program, the school’s instructors will help you every step of the way. GED prep classes are available in English and Spanish. Those applicants 16 and 17 years old must bring an ‘Underage Permission Form’ signed by the last high school they attended before they can attend classes. There is a $25 registration fee per semester.
**) Del Norte Credit Union Scholarship Program
Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) continues the DNCU Scholarship Program. Ten students can receive scholarships, an increase from seven winners the past years. The $1,000 award is a contribution to educational programs and one scholarship is for a GED student and one for a homeschooled a[pplicant.
Candidates must be members in good standing and pursuing higher education at any university, college, or vocational school. The winners of an award are selected based on academic achievements, work experience, and leadership skills demonstrated in their communities.