High School Completion Program
The High School Completion program (formerly the GED program) offers free courses designed to help you to earn a high school equivalency diploma and become prepared for college and the workplace. Whether you’ve recently left school or have been out of class for years, our program works with students of all levels and ages to advance their education and accomplish their academic and professional goals.
In 2014, the State of Iowa adopted the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) as the exam that students take to earn a high school equivalency diploma. The HiSET test replaces the GED test which is no longer given in Iowa.
Students need to enroll in high school completion classes to prepare themselves for their HiSET exams. These classes focus on building the skills necessary for success on the equivalency exam, which includes reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, and science. Classes are available in the morning and evening. If students are not prepared to approach high-school-level materials, there are classes available to help them build their literacy and numeracy skills.
Students enrolling in the High School Completion program must be at least 16 years and nine months by the first day of classes to participate.
If you are 16, 17, or 18 years old, your parent or guardian and the last high school you attended must complete the Request for Admission to Test Age Waiver for High School Equivalency Diploma form [pdf] granting you permission to prepare for the HiSET test.
- You must be proficient in English. You can improve your English with English Language Learning classes.
How do I get started?
Preparing for the HiSET Test
Before taking the HiSET test, you must enroll in classes to improve reading, writing, math, science, and social studies skills. You will also learn basic computer skills while you study in the High School Completion program to prepare you for the computer-based HiSET test.
Your length of study depends on your academic level when you start the program and how much time and effort you put into studying, class time, and homework. Each student is different. Some students earn their high school equivalency in a few months while other students take a few years to complete the program.