Iowa Central: Non-Credit HSED (High School Equivalency Diploma) Courses
Non-Credit HSED Courses

High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) (formerly GED®)

Begin working on your High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) and get started on the life you deserve.

Iowa Central Community College, along with all Iowa community colleges, offers HSED (High School Equivalency Diploma) classes to assist students in completing the five HiSET sub test areas in a computer based test format. The HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) offers students the same High School Equivalency Diploma from the state of Iowa as GED® has in the past.

The Adult Education/Literacy Program offers free services in the Iowa Central Community College area. Students must be 17 years or older to take the HiSET tests unless there is a court order.

  • HSED classes are offered in four counties. Students study with trained instructors in Fort Dodge, Jefferson, Storm Lake, and Webster City to successfully complete the five HiSET subtest areas: Writing, Math, Literature, Science, and Social Studies. Students participate in Math, Writing, and Reading academies with targeted instruction for these subtests. Official HISET tests are administered in Fort Dodge, Webster City, and Storm Lake. Additional online study is available to students attending face-to-face classes.

For more information about the HiSET please check out: http://hiset.ets.org/test_takers

4 Steps Towards Earning Your High School Equivalency Diploma

Step 1: Attend an Orientation


All students must register and attend orientation to join a class.

2021-2022 Fort Dodge HSED Orientation and Class Sessions:

All students must register and attend orientation to join a class.

Fort Dodge, Webster City and Jefferson contacts:
Susan Doyle 515-574-1263
doyle@iowacentral.edu

Theresa Phillips 515-574-1955
phillips_t@iowacentral.edu

  • Orientation: Tuesday, July 6 @ 5:30pm for night class
    or Thursday, July 8 @ 9:00am for day class
    Session 1: July 12 – August 19, 2021
  • Orientation: Monday, August 16 @ 5:30 for night class
    or Thursday, August 19 @ 9:00am for day class
    Session 2: August 23 – September 30, 2021
  • Orientation: Monday, September 27 @ 5:30pm for night class
    or Thursday, September 30 @ 9:00am for day class
    Session 3: October 4 – November 11, 2021
  • Orientation: Monday, November 15 @ 5:30pm for night class
    or Thursday, November 18 @ 9:00am for day class
    Session 4: November 29, 2021 – January 27, 2022
  • Orientation: Monday, January 24 @ 5:30pm for night class
    or Thursday, January 27 @ 9:00am for day class
    Session 5: January 31 – March 10, 2022
  • Orientation: Monday, March 7 @ 5:30pm for night class
    or Thursday, March 10 @ 9:00am for day class
    Session 6: March 21 – April 28, 2022
  • Orientation: Monday, April 25 @ 5:30pm for night class
    or Thursday, April 28 @ 9:00am for day class
    Session 7: May 2 – June 9, 2022

2021-2022 Storm Lake HSED Orientation and Class Sessions:

All students must register and attend orientation to join a class.

To register for Storm Lake contact:
Erin Broich
515-574-1993
broich@iowacentral.edu

  • Orientation: Thursday, July 1 @ 9am or 4pm
    Session 1: July 12 – August 19, 2021
  • Orientation: Thursday, August 19 @ 9am or 4pm
    Session 2: August 23 – September 30, 2021
  • Orientation: Thursday, September 30 @ 9am or 4pm
    Session 3: October 4 – November 11, 2021
  • Orientation: Thursday, November 18 @ 9am or 4pm
    Session 4: November 29, 2021 – January 27, 2022
  • Orientation: Thursday, January 27 @ 9am or 4pm
    Session 5: January 31 – March 10, 2022
  • Orientation: Thursday, March 10 @ 9am or 4pm
    Session 6: March 21 – April 28, 2022
  • Orientation: Thursday, April 28 @ 9am or 4pm
    Session 7: May 2 – June 9, 2022

2021-2022 Webster City Orientations and Class Sessions:

All students must register and attend orientation to join a class.

Fort Dodge and Webster City contacts:
Susan Doyle 515-574-1263
doyle@iowacentral.edu

Theresa Phillips 515-574-1955
phillips_t@iowacentral.edu

  • Orientation: Thursday, July 8 @ 4pm
    Session 1: July 12 – August 19, 2021
  • Orientation: Thursday, August 19 @ 4pm
    Session 2: August 23 – September 30, 2021
  • Orientation: Thursday, September 30  @ 4pm
    Session 3: October 4 – November 11, 2021
  • Orientation: Thursday, November 18 @ 4pm
    Session 4: November 29, 2021 – January 27, 2022
  • Orientation: Thursday, January 27 @ 4pm
    Session 5: January 31 – March 10, 2022
  • Orientation: Thursday, March 10 @ 4pm
    Session 6: March 21 – April 28, 2022
  • Orientation: Thursday, April 28 @ 4pm
    Session 7: May 2 – June 9, 2022

Step 2: Attend free HSED classes in...


Where Day/Time Location
Fort Dodge M, T, W, TH
9:00am-12:00pm
5:00pm-7:30pm
Iowa Central Fort Dodge Campus
Applied Science & Technology Building, Room 410
Storm Lake M, T, W, TH, F
9:00am-11:30am
M, T, W, TH
5:00pm-7:30pm
AEA 8 Building
Webster City T, TH @ 4:00pm-7:00pm Webster City Iowa Central Campus
Science Building Room 1

Step 3: Obtain HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) approval


HiSET test candidates will:

  1. Qualify for each HiSET subtest by taking official practice tests in class
  2. Complete a paper pre-registration in class
  3. Have a current state-issued photo identification
  4. 17 & 18 year olds must turn in documentation of high school withdrawal before pre-registration
  5. Register online for HiSET – this will done in class with an instructor’s guidance

Step 4: Begin testing


  1. Each of the five HiSET subtests will be scheduled and paid for through the HiSET online website. Testing cost is $53.75 if the whole fee is paid to HiSET up front or $10.75/test if paid separately. Students can pay with a credit/debit card or PayPal®.  With cash/check, vouchers can be purchased at the Iowa Central bookstores, $55.25 for all 5 tests or $12.25/test if paid separately. Testing is computer based and is offered at the following Iowa Central Testing Centers:
    1. Fort Dodge
    2. Storm Lake
    3. Webster City
  2. Testers must bring their Iowa Verification for HSED test form and photo ID to the testing site.

Questions or Comments? Need more info?


Click to fill out our HSED Form with any questions you may have.

Contact Us


For More Information Contact

Susan Doyle
515-574-1263
doyle@iowacentral.edu

or

Theresa Phillips
515-574-1955
phillips_t@iowacentral.edu

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