Adult Education and GED®
Room 120, Martinez Hall
- Thomas McGaghie, (505) 287-6643
- Melody Simpson, (505 287-6662
GED® Testing Dates (2014)
Computer-Based Testing is scheduled in Room 126, Student Success Center, on the following dates. See Important note below.
- June 3, 4: 10:00a – 12:00p; 1:00p – 4:15p
- June 10, 11: 4:00p – 7:30p
- June 17, 18: 10:00a – 12:00p; 1:00p – 4:15p
- June 24, 25: 10:00a – 12:00p; 1:00p – 4:15p
- July 1, 2: 10:00a – 12:00p; 1:00p – 4:15p
- July 8, 9: 4:00p – 7:30p
- July 15, 16: 10:00a – 12:00p; 1:00p – 4:15p
- July 22, 23: 10:00a – 12:00p; 1:00p – 4:15p
- July 29, 30: 10:00a – 12:00p; 1:00p – 4:15p
IMPORTANT: To take the GED® test, you must register and schedule your test through the myGED® website. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
Pre-GED® (General Education Development)
For students who want to improve their basic skills in reading, writing and math to be ready for GED tests preparation.
GED® Tests Preparation
For students who want to review or need to improve their skills in reading, writing, and math before taking the GED® tests, or
- preparing for the GED tests to earn a New Mexico High School Diploma,
- improving their communication skills in English,
- seeking employment or higher wage jobs,
- preparing for post-secondary education, and/or
- personal improvement.
Parental permission and school board verification (not enrolled in high school) required for 16 and 17 year olds. ABE students reach their goals through a variety of NO COST services. Pre-testing is used to determine new students’ educational strengths and weaknesses. Once pre-testing is completed, students are given a study plan and options to complete the study plan of classroom instruction, tutoring, computer-based learning and/or self study. The Programs in Adult Basic Education (ABE) at NMSU Grants offer the following services.
GED Transcript Requests
As of 2013, New Mexico GED® Transcripts must be requested through www.diplomasender.com. You will need to provide the following information:
- Your email address
- Date of Birth
- Name tested under
- State where tested
- Identification number (usually Social Security Number)
- Name and address of the recipient, who and where the official transcript is to be sent. Usually “Official Transcript” means a formal, paper copy. Before having a transcript sent by Fax or e-mail, check with recipient to find out if this is a valid form for them.
Transcripts cost $18.00 each. Additional copies of your diploma, (not including your initial diploma earned after February 1, 2013) also cost $18.00. Credit card, debit card, or money orders are accepted as payment. If using a Money Order, get specific information from DiplomaSender as to procedure and mailing address.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the GED® Tests?
Purposes: The General Education Development (GED®) tests measure knowledge in four different areas: social studies, science, reasoning through language arts, and mathematics. The battery of four GED® tests take approximately 7 hours and 45 minutes to complete.
Who can enroll in the GED® program?
GED® tests can be administered only to persons who have not graduated from an accredited high school or received a high school equivalency certificate or diploma; and who are not currently enrolled in a regular high school; and who meet the state’s minimum age requirement.
The minimum age is 16. Individuals under the age of 18 are required to obtain and submit a completed Underage Permission Form indicating parental consent and local school district approval. New Mexico residency is not a requirement for testing.
Where do I get an Underage Permission Form?
From the ABE Office, second floor, Room 120 of the Walter Martinez Building, NMSU Grants. Office hours are 8:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Thursday and Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
To Complete the Underage Permission Form
- Call the Grants/Cibola School Administrative office to make an appointment and get the superintendent’s signature.
- Return signed and completed Underage Permission Form to the ABE Office.
- A parent or legal guardian must accompany an underage student to enroll.
Test Site Requirements:
- All GED® candidates must present two (2)forms of identification
- The first: must be a government-issued photo ID (example; a valid driver’s license, a state-issued ID which shows name, date of birth, and signature.)
- The second identification: must verify two of the following: name, date of birth, Social Security number or signature. (example; Social Security Card.)
What do I get if I pass the GED Tests?
Title of Credential issued: Upon successful completion of all sections of the GED Tests; a New Mexico High School Diploma is issued to students testing in New Mexico.
How much does it cost to study and prepare for the GED® Tests?
The TABE pre-test, tutoring sessions, classes, materials and practice tests are all available FREE!
How much does it cost to take the GED® Tests?
NMSU Grants charges $120.00 for the battery of four (4) test sections while individual sections cost $30.00. Re-tests cost $10.00 per section taken.
What else do I need to know about GED® testing?
- Before GED® testing will be allowed, NMSU Grants requires that all test applicants be enrolled in the NMSU Grants ABE Program, or a partner program. Students must have completed a program of study and passed the Official GED® Practice Tests in each subject area.
- No Walk-ins are allowed for GED® Testing. GED® tests are scheduled through myGED®.
- More information may be found at www.gedtestingservice.com
For more information about testing, contact the ABE Office at 287-6662.