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Interested in becoming a student? Come to one of our information sessions on either Tuesday, August 20th at 10 a.m. or Wednesday, August 21st at 6 p.m. Classes start September 3rd! Already a student? Contact plymouthlit@gmail.com and let us know you will be back.

For thirty years, our Adult Education Program at the Plymouth Public Library has helped hundreds of people in the greater Plymouth area obtain a high school equivalency diploma. Our experienced staff prepares students to successfully pass the HiSET or GED test. We can help you get your diploma.  If you or someone you know needs their high school equivalency diploma, contact us.

Call 508-830-4260 or email us at plymouthlit@gmail.com

Now Enrolling for fall classes!

Classes begin September 3rd.

We offer open enrollment from September through the first week in April.

Contact us with any questions. We’d love to see you!

FAQ’s

How much do the classes cost?

All classes are free and funded by the Department of Education.  However, students are responsible for their own testing fees which are paid directly to the official testing centers.

How much time will it take me to get my diploma?

It is very individual. It depends on what skills you bring to the program, how often you attend, and your participation.

When can I start?

We enroll students in classes once a month from September through April.

All interested students must attend an information session which are held monthly August through March. No registration is necessary. Students will learn more about the program, class expectations, and meet Literacy Program staff.

We offer several classes to meet student needs and skill levels.

What do I need to bring to the information session?

You don’t need to bring anything. However, knowing your social security number is helpful but not necessary. Students under 18 will need a parent or guardian signature to complete registration.

When are your classes held?

Day GED/HiSET classes are held Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Evening GED/HiSET classes are held Tuesday through Wednesday either 5:00 pm -8:00 PM or 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm depending on your class placement.

Where are your classes held?

All classes are held at the Plymouth Public Library Main Branch located at 132 South Street in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

How much does the test cost?

The HiSET costs $103.75. The GED costs $125. Fees are paid directly through the GED and HiSET websites.

What is the difference between the HiSET and the GED?

Passing either test will earn you the same Massachusetts diploma.

  • The HiSET consists of five subtests, the GED consists of four subtests with the writing and reading tested together.
  • The HiSET currently uses a multiple choice format. The GED uses a combination of multiple choice, short answer, and drag and drop. Both tests require an essay.

We will help you assess which test is the right one for you.

HiSET

https://hiset.ets.org/

GED

https://ged.com/

Where can I take the test?

Testing centers are located throughout Massachusetts. Centers vary in which test they offer. The closest testing centers to our program are Quincy  College (Plymouth), Massasoit Community College (Brockton), and Cape Cod Community College (Hyannis Center).

Who is eligible to attend the classes?

Any adult Massachusetts resident age 16 and older can attend.  Students under the age of 18 need to have forms signed by a parent or guardian to begin classes.

The following information is needed BEFORE scheduling an official test. It is NOT needed to sign up and take our classes.

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you cannot schedule any GED® or HiSET test until an official Letter of Withdrawal from the last school you attended has been approved by the Massachusetts High School Equivalency Office. The Letter of Withdrawal must contain the following information:

    • Be on school letterhead, including the address and phone number.
    • Includes your last date of attendance and your date of withdrawal.
    • Come from the office of the Principal/Headmaster or the Head of Guidance
  • Must be signed by the Principal/Headmaster or the Head of Guidance.

Submit the Withdrawal Letter, including your name, phone number and email address, to Olympia Stroud in the High School Equivalency Office, preferably by email, ostroud@doe.mass.edu or by mail to the following address:

DESE HSE Office
3rd Floor 75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148

What are classes like?

You will meet with a small group of students who are working to improve their reading, writing, and math skills.  You can move at your own pace and receive all the individual help you need.  The use of computers to help you learn is an important part of the class as well.  Students move through the material at different paces throughout the year until they pass the HiSET or GED test.

Do I have to attend every class?

Yes. The Department of Education requires attendance at all class sessions. You will also progress through the class more quickly and be able to test sooner with regular attendance.

Are there any options for extra practice?

Yes. Follow this link for more information about our drop in hours in our Technology Lab.  http://www.plymouthliteracy.org/technology-lab/

Is there a graduation ceremony?

Yes! We offer a cap and gown graduation ceremony every June.

Graduation Night!

http://www.plymouthliteracy.org/2018/06/28/graduation-evening-recognition/

How do I receive my official diploma?

Your diploma will not automatically be sent to you. You will need to create a free account on diploma sender. There, you can request a free copy of your diploma and transcript.

https://www.diplomasender.com/

Technology and College and Career Readiness

Our job is to help you meet your educational and career goals.  The teachers and the Educational Advisor are available to help you deal with situations that may be preventing you from reaching your goal. The Advisor helps students:

  • Identify their skills and interests
  • Develop education and career goals
  • Create a resume
  • Connect with regional businesses and colleges
  • Practice interviewing skills

We have a Technology Coordinator who teaches a weekly technology lesson in every class.  Technology lessons include:

  • Google Drive Suite
  • Website Design
  • Cloud Computing
  • Digital Presentations: infographics, PowerPoint, video slideshows

We also have a staffed Learning Center with drop-in hours for students to receive extra help, or access the computers for digital learning.

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