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Adult Basic Education

ABE classes build skills that can lead to a high school diploma by passing the GED exams. These improved skills can also lead to better employment and United States citizenship.

ABE Eligibility

Individuals 16 years of age and older who are not registered in high school may register in ABE classes. This includes high school and non-high school graduates.

ABE Registration

All applicants must take a Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) Placement which is a tool that is used to help the Adult Literacy staff select a program of study that is best for each student.

English for Speakers of Other Languages

ESOL classes help speakers of other languages increase their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. These classes also help to improve skills needed for United States citizenship.

General Educational Development Test Preparation

There are five GED tests:

  • Language Arts, Writing
  • Language Arts, Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Students are required to pass Official GED Practice Tests administered through a state-approved adult literacy program or GED Testing Center to assure GED test readiness.

For students who need to improve skills prior to taking the Official GED Practice Tests, Adult Literacy offers classes, based on individuals’ skill levels, that help them attain the skills needed to achieve their goals. Students study under the supervision and assistance of an instructor. Individual and group activities enhance their learning. Progress is assessed until students are ready for referral for GED testing.

GED Eligibility

ABE students are eligible to begin study and practice for the GED exams upon attaining a specified score on the CASAS assessment. 

Adult Literacy Program

Gayle Goetz
Interim Director
Goodwill Education Center
1220 E 1st Street
316-267-1155

Adult Literacy includes the following programs:

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
  • General Educational Development (GED) Preparation
  • English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

WATC’s Adult Literacy division provides students the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to compete successfully.

Whatever your goals may be, English language skills, math skills, reading skills, writing skills, job readiness skills, citizenship skills, a high school diploma, training or college, the Adult Literacy division assists every step of the way. They will be there from pre-assessment, to instruction, to post-assessment, to completion.

Adult Literacy provides a state-approved, quality basic education program for the residents of Wichita and surrounding areas whose goals are to acquire the necessary workforce skills or to enhance their skills.

Bridging the digital divide is essential to fully participate in the workforce of the 21st century. The adult literacy program has state-of-the-art technology and provides a technology curriculum that facilitates the acquisition of skills that the Kansas Board of Regents has identified as essential.

Take that first step toward your second chance now. Classes are offered mornings and evenings.

If you would like to begin with the basics, call 316-267-1155 to inquire about the following classes:

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • General Educational Development (GED) Test Preparation

ABE Eligibility:

Individuals 16 years of age or older and who are not enrolled in high school may enroll in ABE classes. This includes both high school and non-high school graduates.

ABE Registration:

All applicants must take a Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) Placement:

Once the assessment is completed, you will choose between 3 options depending on your eligibility: self-paced study with a tutor; structured, instructor-led classroom; or online study.

The assessment schedule is as follows:

For GED preparation (ABE) classes, the FREE placement is given every day-Monday through Friday-from 9am to 3pm.

Evening Placements at (GED/ABE):

For classes beginning October 15, 2012:

  • Wednesday, September 26, 2012
  • For classes beginning January 7, 2013:
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2012
  • For classes beginning April 1, 2013:
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 6pm

For ESL, the next FREE placement will be held:

For classes beginning October 15, 2012:

  • Monday, September 24, 2012 at 1 pm
  • Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 9am and 6pm

For classes beginning January 7, 2013:

  • Monday, December 17, 2012 at 1 pm
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 9am and 6pm

For classes beginning April 1, 2013:

  • Monday, March 11, 2013 1pm
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 9am and 6pm

GED / Adult Literacy

Did you know WATC and Goodwill have a program to help people prepare and test for the GED exam which earns them a KS High School Diploma?

The registration fee is $50 which includes materials and assessments. GED test is additional ($85). Students may also incur a $6 parking fee if attending WATC campus.

Students may register at WATC (Grove campus) or at the Goodwill Education Center.

There are three different methods of preparing to take the GED. All require on site testing and registration as per Kansas state regulations. The optimal method of learning for each student will be determined during the assessment process with the assistance of their education specialist.

GED Practice Test and Testing Rules

Traditional classroom schedule

WATC Grove Campus, 301 S. Grove, Bldg B, Wichita, Kansas 316.677.1150

Instructor led classes are held on a regular schedule of 10 week sessions. Students may attend 9a – 12p or 6p – 9p on a varying schedule Monday – Thursday.

Four sessions are held each year. Testing is administered before and after each session.

Placement (CASAS) will be given on an ongoing basis Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Testers should arrive 20-30 minutes prior to test time since we can only do the first 20 at each session.

Self-paced individualized learning

Goodwill Education Center. 1220 E. 1st St. Wichita, Kansas. 316.267.1155

Monday- Friday 8:00am- 5:00pm

Students independently study with the assistance of on-site tutors, educational specialists and computer software.

Students may enter program at any time. Progress is measured as individual goals are attained.

Distance Learning

Students can work from any computer with authorization and internet access.

Students are registered and assessed at either site (WATC / Goodwill) and assigned to a distance learning specialist who will monitor their progress via computer, phone and emails as required.

Students are given textbooks and online access to GED study materials.

Students must return to the center for periodic progress assessments as scheduled with their specialists

For more information, call 316-267-1155 or email Lorry Shoniber (Ishoniber@goodwillks.org).

 

Adult Literacy Preparation Classes

Official Practice Test (OPT) Schedule

For students who need to improve skills prior to taking the Official GED Practice Tests, the Adult Literacy division offers classes, based on individuals’ skill level, that help them attain the skills needed to achieve their goals. Assessments of progress are made until students are ready for referral to GED testing.

General Educational Development (or GED) tests are a group of five subject tests which, when passed, certify that the taker has high-school level academic skills. The GED is sometimes referred to as a General Equivalency Diploma or General Education Diploma.

To pass the GED tests and earn a GED credential, test takers must score higher than 60 percent of graduating high school seniors nationwide. Some jurisdictions require that students pass additional tests such as an English proficiency exam or civics test.

The American Council on Education is the sole developer for the GED test. The test is always taken in person and never available online. Jurisdictions award a “Certificate of General Educational Development” or similarly titled credential to persons who meet the passing score requirements.

Only individuals who have not earned a high school diploma may take the GED tests. The tests were originally created to help veterans after World War II return to civilian life. Common reasons for GED recipients not having received a high school diploma include immigration to the United States or Canada, homeschooling, leaving high school early, the inability to pass required courses or mandatory achievement tests, the need to work, personal problems, and wanting to get into college early.