Adult Basic Education, GED Prep & GED Testing

Adult Basic Education & GED


What is Adult Basic Education all about?

WEST ABE is the Adult Basic Education program serving, and supported by, regional community education departments including Buffalo Community Education. Programs are to help adults age 17 years or older (who are not enrolled in high school) develop basic skills. Visit westabe.org for more information. To get started, check out the ABE website westabe.org or call Terrisa at 763.682.8688.

 

ABE Academic Open Labs

ABE helps adult learners who want to acquire or improve their math, reading, or writing skills. Some learners might need to brush up on their skills before taking the GED tests or college entrance exam, for example. Others are learning information for the first time. Day and evening classes are available.

  • Mondays & Wednesdays 11 am-1:30 pm
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 6-8:30 pm
  • Phoenix Learning Center, 800 8th St. NE, Buffalo, MN
  • Closed the same days as BHM Schools September through May
  • Open every month except August
  • Call 763.682.8688 or drop in

 

GED Preparation - see ABE Academic Open Lab

 

English Language (ELL/ESL) Class

Learners improve their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in English. This frien

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 6-8:30 pm
  • Phoenix Learning Center, 800 8th St. NE, Buffalo, MN
  • Closed on same days as BHM Schools September through May
  • Open every month except August
  • Call 763.682.8687 or drop in

 

Distance Learning - Online Programs

Actively enrolled learners can study anytime, anywhere by using an online program such as PLATO, i-Pathways or Rosetta Stone for example. To enroll, call Terrisa at 763.682.8688.

 

Reading Classes

There are two reading classes available: one for adults who struggle to "get the word off the page" and another for adults who can read but do not understand everything they read. Pre-registration and reading assessments are required for these classes. Call Terrisa at 763.682.8688 for more information.

 

Family Learning Classes

WEST ABE partners with Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) to offer family literacy classes. Parents study English or prepare for the GED, participate in parenting education, and have learning time with their children. Children must be pre-school age. Call Diane at 763.682.8733 for more information. Space is limited.

Locations for Family Learning:

  • Buffalo - Discovery Center, 301 2nd Ave NE.  Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 9 - May 3, 10 am - 2 pm.  School lunch and rest time planned
  • Montrose - Early Education Center, 115 2nd St. South (near Montrose Elementary). Mondays, January 8 - April 30, 4:30-7 pm. A light meal is planned
  • Interested? Call us at 763.682.8780

 

GED Testing Information

 

What's the 2014 GED® Program?

MyGEDTM is your online portal to sign up, study, schedule, check scores, and learn about jobs and college.  Learn more below or sign up today at GED.com.

What's the 2014 GED® test like?

The GED® test has been updated to make sure it measures what graduating high school seniors know and what colleges and employers will expect of you.

There are four (4) parts:
  • Science (90 minutes)
  • Social Studies (70 minutes)
  • Reasoning Through Language Arts (150 minutes including a 10-minute break)
  • Mathematical Reasoning (115 minutes)
             *Mathematics offered on computer (paper available for accommodations only)
             *English or Spanish

 

What is the cost to test?

The first time a person takes a subtest, there is a $10 discount per test BUT this is for a LIMITED TIME. When the funds run out, each subtest will cost $30, so if you test soon you can save $40 dollars! Also, if you do not pass a subtest the first time, you may take it again at your own expense. Call Terrisa at 763.682.8688 for current information.

What is the passing score?

The passing score has now been lowered to 145 points on each sub test. To find out if you're likely to pass, take GED ReadyTM: The Official Practice Test. Sign into MyGEDTM at GED.com to get ready with GED ReadyTM.

GED Testing in Monticello

Appointments required. Visit westabe.org or call for more details 763.272.2040

 

WEST ABE Programs Near You!

Annandale......................................320.274.3058

Big Lake.........................................763.262.2523

Buffalo/Hanover/Montrose..........763.682.8688

Delano............................................763.972.6210

Howard Lake/Waverly/Winsted......320.543.3600

Lester Prairie..................................320.395.3011

Maple Lake....................................320.963.5991

Monticello......................................763.272.2040

Orono............................................952.449.8350

Rockford........................................763.477.4563

Plymouth.......................................763.745.6034

STMA............................................763.477.4563

Watertown/Mayer..........................952.955.0280

 

Volunteer Reserve

The call for volunteers to tutor adult learners is unpredictable. The needs present themselves at irregular intervals. New students enroll weekly and often need one-to-one attention with English language practice, basic reading, or math skills.
 
Be part of the volunteer reserve so those needs can be addressed immediately. Twelve hours of training at the Minnesota Literacy Council (MLC) prepares you for placement with adult learners.

To chose a training schedule that works for you:
  • Go to the MLC website: mnliteracy.org/volunteers/training
  • Under the Adult Tutor Training heading, chose either "ESL Tutor..." or "Reading, Writing, Math..." depending on your interests
  • After you have earned your certificate, contact Terrisa 763.682.8688 for placement

 

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