GED Class Information


GED / HSE Preparation Class

CAC's GED or HSE (high school equivalency) classes are designed to help students prepare to take the GED or high school equivalency test. Students must be at least 16 years of age and not enrolled in school to register for class and to take the GED test.


During the first week of class, assessment tests in math, reading and language will be given. Some tests on the computer may also be assigned. These tests are used only to help the instructor decide what areas students need to work on in order to prepare for the GED test.


What is the content of the course?  While our main focus is on helping develop the language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies skills needed for the GED test itself, the course also includes components related to college and career readiness, including career exploration and study skills.


How long will it take before a student is ready to take the GED test?  This depends on a number of factors, such as a person's existing skill level in the areas of math, language arts, social studies and science, and how regularly that student attends class. Probably the most important factor, however, is how much time is spent studying independently outside of the classroom.  CAC's GED students are given access to PLATO, an online learning program. Students will learn how to use it during class and will be expected to continue logging in and completing PLATO assignments as homework in between class meetings. While there are about 45 hours of face-to-face classroom instruction during an 8-week session, students are expected to spend an additional 3 hours per week on PLATO and other lessons the instructor assigns. 

Students may continue taking our GED/HSE courses as long as they demonstrate an appropriate level of improvement, based on assessment scores.  If a student does not improve and maintain that level of improvement after four sessions, he/she will not be permitted to continue to register for classes.


Registering for Class

To register for the class, students need to bring valid government identification to a CAC campus or center and complete the registration forms. There is also a non-refundable supplemental fee that needs to be paid at the time of registration.  The fee ranges from $20 to $50 and is based on household income. (See fee schedule below.) Students must provide documentation of legal United States Residency.



Based upon 2013 poverty guidelines 

Size of Household

Annual Income 

Annual Income 

Annual Income


$0 - $11,490

$11,491 - $22,980

$22,981 and above


$0 - $15,510

$15,511 - $31,020

$31,021 and above


$0 - $19,530

$19,531 - $39,060

$39,061 and above


$0 - $23,550

$23,551 - $47,100

$47,101 and above


$0 - $27,570

$27,571 - $55,140

$55,141 and above


$0 - $31,590

$31,591 - $63,180

$63,181 and above


$0 - $35,610

$35,611 - $71,220

$71,221 and above


$0 - $39,630

$39,631 - $79,260

$79,261 and above


Minimum Fee

(0-100% of Poverty)

Reduced Fee

(101-200% of Poverty)

Full Fee

(Over 200% of Poverty)






Students must register in person at one of the following locations before classes begin: 


Casa Grande Center: 1015 E. Florence Blvd., Casa Grande. 520-494-5950 (only accepts check or money order payments)

Corporate Center: 540 N. Camino Mercado, Casa Grande. 520-494-6600 (only accepts check or money order payments)

Florence Center: 800 E. Butte Ave., Florence. 520-494-6801 (only accepts check or money order payments)

Maricopa Campus: 17945 W. Regent Rd., Maricopa. 520-494-6400

Signal Peak Campus: 8470 N. Overfield Rd., Coolidge. 520-494-5444

Aravaipa Campus: 80440 E. Aravaipa Rd., Winkelman. 520-357-2800

Superstition Mountain Campus: 805 S. Idaho Rd., Apache Junction. 480-677-7731

San Tan Campus: 3736 E. Bella Vista Rd., San Tan Valley. 480-677-7827


The GED Test

The website provides more information about the content of the test as well as enables students to set up a MyGED account. A MyGED account is required to take the GED test because scheduling the test as well as paying for it is done online at that website. The test currently costs $140 or $35 per test. There are four subjects tested: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies. 


For our GED CLASS SCHEDULE, click here.

For information on GED TESTING, click here.


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Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814