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Move over GED – It’s the High School Equivalency test

The age-old GED has been renamed and updated recently. It is now known as the High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE), which gives residents the opportunity to earn their high school credentials.

The HSE tests provide adults who did not complete a formal high school program the opportunity to certify that they have attained high school level knowledge and skills.

The Impact Institute offers classes to help residents prepare for the HSE, with three sites in LaGrange County. The classroom session are free and they work with each student until they feel the student is ready to take the test.

Classroom sites in LaGrange County are: Vistula Head Start – LaGrange; Meadowview Elementary- Shipshewana; and Stroh Church of Christ – Stroh. To sign up for the free classes, contact IMPACT Institute in Kendallville, 1-888-349-0250, ext. 251 or Outreach Coordinator Rod Knox at 260-235-0276.

The HSE tests cover Language Arts, both reading and writing, along with math, social studies and science. There is a cost of $85 for the full set of tests, with retesting costing $18 per section, up to $85. The tests have been changed recently to include the increased standards required by the state for high school graduates.

The tests themselves are held about every six weeks at sites around the area. HSE tests will be given March 11-12 at Topeka Elementary. Tests are also conducted at Lakeland High School, Angola High School, Butler Elementary, Huntington Vocational Center, and the IMPACT Institute in Kendallville.

The outreach program is made possible by a grant written by the LaGrange County Community Foundation.