A good adult education program is one that’s well regarded and fits your needs. Every program is different, and some of them may have all of the courses and services that you need while other programs may only have a few. Comparing a group of different programs is not always a simple task; there are several things to consider.
The first thing to consider is the cost of each program. While most programs are free, some do actually charge a fee. We’re not saying this to give you the idea that programs that charge a fee are necessarily better than free programs. That’s not the case at all, as there are thousands of excellent programs across America that don’t charge a fee. Plus, there are some programs that require a payment that aren’t very good. However, none of these programs should be expensive. So all we’re saying is don’t pay too much, as you can usually find a low cost or free alternative.
The second thing to consider is the content of the program. Most adult education programs will offer courses in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies. These programs are usually focused completely on helping people pass the GED test. However, some programs will also offer technical courses that will teach you the skills that you will need to work in construction, data entry and information processing, distribution and warehousing, manufacturing, security, welding, or another similar field. Vocational nursing schools are another popular option. (These more technical courses usually last longer than the basic programs, and most of them require tuition payments You can investigate nursing programs at length here.) Make sure you understand what kind of course you’re signing up for. (In many cases, you won’t be allowed to take the technical courses until you’ve earned a GED.)
The third thing to consider is the level of commitment and time the program will require. Will it fit into your schedule? Believe it or not, it’s not unusual for people who work nights to accidentally register for evening classes, or first shift workers to mistakenly sign up for daytime classes. Make sure you double check the days and times. Then ask yourself if you have the time you’ll need to devote to study and homework assignments. Will family and work obligations make it virtually impossible to do well at the program? If so, you should look for one that’s less rigorous, or can be taken over a longer period of time.
Adult Education Resources
If you encounter a class, an exam, or another similar career-related situation that you don’t know how to handle, there are a number of different resources that may be able to help:
- GEDPrepInfo is a test preparation website that is designed for individuals who are about to take the General Educational Development (GED) tests. This website includes information about the setup of the GED exam; the setup of each GED test and the types of questions that can be found on each GED test; the purpose of the GED; registration information; scoring information; test-taking tips; and other similar information that is designed to help you get an idea of what the GED exam is and what you need to do to take and pass the exam.
- OnlineCollegeDegreeHelp is an informational website that is designed for individuals who are thinking about going to college after they have been out of school for a while. This website includes information about the benefits of distance learning programs; the benefits of a college degree and the problems that you may face if you don’t have one; the different levels of degrees that you can pursue; tips that you can use to avoid scams; tips that you can use to save time and/or money while you’re trying to earn your degree; and other similar information that is designed to help you understand why you need a college degree and what you can do to make the process of getting a degree easier.
- TestTakingCentral is a test preparation website that is designed for individuals who have trouble taking tests. This website includes information about note taking; studying; what you should do to prepare yourself on the night before a test and the day of a test; the different types of questions that you may see on a test; some of the major examinations that you may need to take; and other similar information that is designed to help you take a test.
- TestPrepReview is a test preparation website that is designed for individuals who are about to take a major exam. This website includes information about the setup of some of the major exams that people typically take, information about some of the study materials that you can purchase for these exams, and free practice questions that you can use to assess your knowledge of the subjects that are covered on these exams. In fact, the TestPrepReview website includes information about the American College Test (ACT), the GED Tests, the Preliminary SAT Reasoning Test (PSAT), the SAT Reasoning Test, and over 65 other exams.