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Adult Education Program

The NMJC Adult Education Program offers morning and evening classes, free of charge. Classes generally run from September to May each year. The program has 5 GED sessions and registration/orientation are held in August, October, January, March, and April prior to the beginning of classes. ESL registration/orientation is held in August and January.  To enroll in English as a Second Language classes, all ESL students must attend a registration/orientation. All new GED students wishing to register must attend a registration/orientation. Returning GED students can register for classes in the program office prior to the beginning of each session. Classes are held in the Literacy Center on Dalmont.  The NMJC Adult Education Program Office is located in the Ben Alexander Building in room 205, 575.492-2631.

The adult education program focuses on the following areas:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Basic reading, writing, and math
  • GED exam preparation
  • Workplace Learning

Upon registering with the program all students will be assessed with the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education). The results of this assessment will predict GED scores and determine the most effective course of study to help students achieve their goals.  For more information contact the Adult Education Program Office, 575.492-2631.

Adult Education Frequently Asked Questions


What is the cost of attending classes?

The program and services are free to adults, 16 and 17 year olds must first obtain permission from their local school district and parent or guardian. Underage permission forms are located in the program office in the Ben Alexander Building room 205 on the NMJC campus.

How soon can I get my GED?

It depends on the individual, assessment levels, number of years you have been out of school, how well prepared you are, and your commitment. Everyone learns at a different pace. All students interested in taking their GED test are required to take a TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) to determine assessment levels prior to registering for the GED test.

Do I have to go to a GED class?

It is highly recommended that students attend GED classes to raise their levels. By enrolling in classes students have access to qualified and dedicated teachers, a quiet learning environment, and educational material.

Do I have to enroll in adult education program to study for or take the official GED test?

It is to the students’ advantage to study at one of the learning centers before attempting to take official tests to save on time and cost.

Why do I have to retest if I was only gone for a little while?

It depends on how long you were gone and whether or not post-tests were taken. Retesting is required after a 3 month absence.

When can I start Practice GED Testing?

You can start taking your GED practice tests when you reach level 5 or 6 on the TABE assessment.

What do I have to do to pass the GED practice tests?

Score 450 or better on each test and have an average of at least 2250.

When can I receive a book?

Upon completion of 20 hours attendance in the program, you will receive a book appropriate to your level or get one in class.

Where do I go to register for the GED Test?

The official GED test is given once a month except for December.  Students must register at least one week prior to the scheduled test in the NMJC Ben Alexander Building Room 205.  Testing is on Thursday in the NMJC Ben Alexander Building.

Retesting is scheduled for the Monday (Math & Science) and Tuesday (Writing, Soc. Studies & Reading) of the testing week.  Students must have a retesting form from the Adult Education Program. 

Can I take the GED tests if I am not a legal resident of New Mexico?

Yes, however, you will receive only transcripts, not a New Mexico H.S. diploma.

Do we need an ID to take the official tests?

Yes. (Drivers’ license, passport, government issued ID card)

Who is eligible to take the GED test?

Anyone who is at least 18 years of age or older and not enrolled in high school, pays, and provides an appropriate ID. 16 and 17 year olds must first obtain permission from their local school district and parent or guardian.

How many tests are there?

FIVE: Language Arts /Writing, Language Arts/Reading, Science, Social Studies and Math.

How much time does it take to complete the Official GED Tests?

7 hours, 5 minutes; GED tests are sent to Oklahoma to be scored and may take approximately 1 to 3 weeks to process.  Individuals who pass all of the tests will receive a transcript/diploma of completion from the State of New Mexico. 

Replacement requests for lost/destroyed GED transcripts/diplomas need to be sent to

How much does it cost to take the GED tests?


What if I don’t pass all the tests the first time?

There is a 61 day waiting period to retest for scores below 410. If all tests were passed with a score of 410 or above, but the average (2250) needs to be raised there is a 31 day waiting period.  Test scores are purged after 3 years from the first official test.

Will passing the GED test get me into college?

Yes, GED graduates are eligible for college and financial aid, employment, and military service. For more information contact the Adult Education Office.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

English as a Second Language classes assist students in learning to speak, read and write English.  To enroll in ESL classes, students must attend an orientation.  Orientations are conducted in August and January.  For more information contact the Adult Education Program Office, 575.492-2631 or email


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