Slide background

Adult Education

The Adult Education Program provides Arkansas residents with the opportunity to improve their basic reading, writing, and math skills.
Students may work on basic skills to improve their ACT scores, to take the Official GED Test, to improve their employability skills, to
advance their workplace skills, or to gain personal satisfaction. The core Adult Education programs are GED, WAGE, and ESL.

Basic Skills / GED

Students enroll in Adult Education classes to improve their basic skills needed to pass the GED test.  Students are required to complete a minimum of 40 instructional hours and post-test before starting the GED testing process.  SouthArk Adult Ed uses a blended learning model of in-class instruction and online teaching software to increase learning opportunities.  Therefore, students are able to work from home and earn their diploma much faster.

GED courses are free to students.  The only cost towards earning the GED is $16.00 for the Official Test.  Scholarships are available, so many students have zero costs.  A college scholarship is also available for qualifying GED graduates.

Adult Education Class Schedules

Classes are available Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm. Students will speak to the advisor prior to the start of coursework to determine the class schedule that best fits with their schedules.

The Official GED® test has 4 subjects:

Reasoning through Language Arts - Ability to read closely, write clearly and edit and understand written text.  (There is a writing section on the test).

Mathematical Reasoning - Quantitative & algebraic problem solving.

Science - Life science, physical science, earth and space science.

Social Studies - Civics and government, U. S. history, economics, geography and the world.

Students must score a minimum of 145 on each subject to pass.

Teens (16-17 years):

Teenagers (16-17) are able to enroll in Adult Education's GED Program.  The following criteria must be met:

  • Minimum score of 535 is required on the TABE 11/12 for all subjects (Reading, Language, and Mathematics).
  • Guardian Approval (Adult Ed form with signature).
  • Secondary Education Release with signatures and official school seal.
  • Teen Student Contract (Adult Ed form with student and guardian signatures).
  • Teens ages 16-18 are required to pass the Civics Education Exam before GED Testing process begins.

Teens are required to attend on-campus class 20 hours per week.