Adult Education and GED

ABE/GED RoomOur mission is to provide educational opportunities for non-traditional students in the Grants and Cibola County communities. Our primary goal is to provide programs in basic skills development, GED (General Education Development) preparation and courses for English Language Learners (ELL). In addition we wish to be a bridge to the academic and vocational programs at NMSU Grants and other regional and statewide post secondary programs. We can accommodate students who are as young as 16 years old and students with varying academic abilities. Our program is open to the entire Cibola County community and to parts of the surrounding counties. We provide these services at little or no cost to the entire service area.

The Programs in Adult Basic Education (ABE) at NMSU Grants offer the following areas of study for learners age 16* and over.

Room 120, Martinez Hall

Faculty/Staff

  • 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.

  • April 1, 10:00a – 12:00p; 1:00p – 4:15p
  • April 2, 10:00a – 12:00p; 1:00p – 4:15p
  • April 11, 10:00a – 1:30p
  • April 12, 10:00a – 3:00p
  • April 15, 10:00a – 12:00p; 1:00p – 4:15p
  • April 16, 10:00a – 12:00p; 1:00p – 4:15p
  • April 22, 10:00a – 12:00p; 1:00p – 4:15p
  • April 23, 10:00a – 12:00p; 1:00p – 4:15p
  • April 29, 10:00a – 12:00p; 1:00p – 4:15p
  • April 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:

  1. Your email address
  2. Date of Birth
  3. Name tested under
  4. State where tested
  5. Identification nmuber (usually Social Security Number)
  6. 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 five different areas: writing, social studies, science, reading, and mathematics. An important test feature is an essay that documents your ability to write and communicate efficiently. The battery of five GED tests take approximately 7 hours and 10 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. However, a NM Diploma is issued only to those who have a NM driver’s License or ID.

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.
  • 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 New Mexico residents. Residency is verified with a valid New Mexico Driver’s License or a valid New Mexico ID. All others will receive passing score certificates.

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 $35.00 for the battery of five (5) test sections while individual sections cost $7.00. Re-tests cost $7.00 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 allowed for GED Testing
  • All information about the GED test will be presented at the GED Workshop the Thursday before the exams.

For more information about testing, contact the ABE Office at 287-6662.