Adult Basic and Literacy Education

The Adult Basic and Literacy Education program (ABLE) offers a flexible program to meet the varied needs of students requiring basic skills and career 032738000000072314.jpgassistance. Students set their goals, work at their pace and receive lots of encouragement and praise.

The ABEL program supports students as they:

  • Attain their HiSET/GED
  • Transition to college or technical programs
  • Improve their employment prospects with career coaching using the Montana Career Information System

ABLE Orientation

Let’s Get Started!

To be part of the ABLE program you are required to attend an orientation that helps you in at least five important ways:

  1. Evaluation: The pretest administered during the Orientation can help you discover which subjects you need to study.
  2. Instruction: Based on your pre-test the HiSET tutor will organize your studies and guide you in your preparation for the particular HiSET tests.
  3. Practice: Your tutor can give you practice tests similar to the HiSET. These will help you get a better idea of what to expect during the HiSET tests.
  4. Readiness for the HiSET testing:  Your HiSET instructor can help you determine readiness to take and pass the official HiSET tests.
  5. Preparation for Career Training: The basic skill instruction delivered by HiSET tutors will assist you in developing skills needed to continue career training after you’ve earned your HiSET.

To schedule an appointment contact: Jane Wynne Coordinator/Instructor for Adult Education & Institutional Testing (406) 377-9448 or online.

(High School Equivalency Test)  

The GED is now HiSET in Montana.
At least two weeks in advance of a test date we encourage you to create an account schedule and pay for a test at

Once you have an account contact the HiSET Test Administrator, Tami Johnson, by phone 406-377-9405 or online with additional questions.

Cost of the test: $65
$15 paid on the day of the test to Dawson Community College and
$50 registration when scheduling online at

The HiSET exam is made up of five subject tests:

  • Mathematics:  (90 min./50 multiple choice questions)
  • Language Arts: Reading  (65 min./40 multiple choice questions)
  • Language Arts: Writing  ( Part 1 – 75 min/50 multiple choice questions,  Part 2 – 45 min/1 essay prompt)
  • Science:  (80 min./50 multiple choice questions)
  • Social Studies:  (70 min./50 multiple choice questions)


DCC’s HiSET Schedule
2017 Paper Test Computer Test
May    26th
June    16th
July  No TEST  No TEST
August    28th