ADC - Adult Basic Education

ABE Classes

Our Purpose:

To help adults 16* and older to improve their reading, math, and language skills.

Our Program:

Testing Opportunities:
  • Placement test to assess your basic skills and place you in an appropriate class
  • Post tests to chart your progress

Class Opportunities:
  • Small Classes
  • Caring Teachers
  • Individualized instruction
  • Varied class times and sites
    • Twin Falls: Mornings, Afternoons, and Evenings
    • Jerome: Evenings
    • Internet
    • Burley: Mornings, Afternoons, and Evenings
    • Gooding: Afternoons and Evenings
    • Hailey: Mornings and Evenings
Your Part:

Call to schedule a testing time:
  • Burley: 678-0229
  • Hailey: 788-2038, ext. 6933
  • Gooding: 934-9793
  • Twin Falls: 732-6534
  • Toll-Free: 1-800-680-0274, ext. 6534
  • Bring official, government-issued ID

  • We'll supply the pencil!

*Additional paperwork is required for students who are 16 or 17 years old. Please call for information.
You determine your success!

Menu of Services:

    Youth Orientation:

  • Meet with an intake advisor with your legal guardian for important information. This is for our students that are 16 and 17 years old.
  • Bring a copy of the Waiver Release Form from your local public school.
  • Call your local ABE/GED® office for an appointment

  • TABE (Placement Testing):

  • Tests of Adult Basic Education. These tests are required before entering our Adult Basic Education program.
  • TABE Tests are offered in Burley, Gooding, Hailey, and Twin Falls.

  • Classes:

  • Available in Burley, Gooding, Jerome, Hailey, or Twin Falls.
  • Internet

  • Post Testing:

  • To chart your progress
  • Call your local ABE/GED® office for more information

  • GED® Testing:

  • Make an appointment by calling your local ABE/GED® office.
  • Pay in advance in the Matrix or Academic Development Center in Twin Falls; pay in the Business Office at the off-campus sites. Take the receipt to your testing session.

  • Phone Numbers:

  • Burley: 678-0229
  • Gooding: 934-9793
  • Hailey: 788-2038, ext. 6933
  • Twin Falls: 732-6534
  • Toll Free: 1-800-680-0274, ext. 6534

GED® & HSE Tests :

  • GED Transcript Form: Click here to download file
  • The GED® tests are a nationally recognized series of tests for high school equivalency. The GED® timed battery of tests consists of five separate subject exams.
  • State of Idaho High School Equivalency Certificate : In addition to the GED® tests, the state of Idaho requires an American Government credit to receive an HSE . This credit may be obtained in either of these ways:
    • American Government Class (12th grade or college level) taken in Idaho with a passing grade. A copy of the transcript with this government grade must be given to the GED® Examiner.
    • Government Challenge Test consists of 95 multiple choice questions plus a five-point essay. 70% or above is passing. An appointment must be scheduled during GED® testing time for this test.
  • What can I expect on the GED® tests?

    Test #1

    1 hr. 15 min.

    45 min.
    Language Arts, Writing
    Multiple Choice (Part I)
    Essay (Part II)
    Sentence Structure (30%), Usage (30%), Mechanics (25%), Organization (15%).
    Measures Writing Ability
    Test #2 1 hr. 10 min. Social Studies History (40%), Civics & Government (25%), Economics (20%), and Geography (15%).
    Test #3 1 hr. 20 min. Science Life Science (45%), Earth & Space Science (20%), Physical Science (35%).
    Test #4 1 hr. 5 min Language Arts, Reading Literary Texts (75%), Nonfiction Texts (25%).
    Test #5 1 hr. 30 min. Mathematics Number Operations & Sense (25%), Data Analysis, Statistics, & Probability (25%), Algebra (25%), Measurement & Geometry (25%).
  • All five tests can be taken in one day, but it is usually recommended that testing be divided into a minimum of two days. Many people take only one test at a time. An appointment will need to be made prior to testing day.
  • What scores are necessary to pass the GED® tests?
    To pass the GED® tests, you must have an average of the five individual subject area test scores of 450 or greater; in addition, each individual subject area test score must be 410 or greater. The highest possible standard score is 800: an average battery score of 600 makes you eligible for our honor roll.
  • How much does it cost to take the GED® tests?
    Effective July 1, 2011, each of the five exams costs $20, as does the government exam. Total Cost: GED credential: $100; HSE: $120. Retake of any exam costs $25.

Students taking a GED® test must present a government-issued photo I.D. (driver's license, passport, military, or government ID card). If ID does not show an Idaho address, proof of Idaho residency will also be required.

Each GED® test must be paid for before it can be taken. All tests are to be paid for in the Testing Center reception area of the library or in the Matrix in the Taylor Building, CSI Twin Fall Campus, or a Business Office in another Outreach Center. Please bring receipt for payment at the time of testing.

Pre-registration for all GED® tests is required by calling prior to the desired testing day.

GED® testing schedule : (Final Tests):

Call for an appointment and to confirm availability.

GED® Test Schedules

CSI - Meyerhoeffer Building (Library) on the SW side of CSI's Twin Falls campus
Monday Wednesday
8:00-4:30 p.m. 8:00-4:30 p.m.
4:00-9:30 p.m. by appointment
Off Campus Centers
1st Friday Mini-Cassia CSI Center -Burley 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
3rd Monday Mini-Cassia CSI Center - Burley 4:00 - 9:30 p.m.
3rd Thursday Wood River H.S. - Hailey 12:00 noon - 9:00 p.m.

A College of Southern Idaho GED®/HSE graduation is held in early May of each year. All tests must be completed prior to graduation in order to participate.

For any additional information call 732-6534 or Toll Free 1-800-680-0274 - EXT: 6534

Academic Development Center
College of Southern Idaho
315 Falls Avenue
P.O. Box 1238
Twin Falls, Idaho 83303-1238