Adult Basic and Literacy Education

The Adult Basic and Literacy Education program (ABLE) provides 032738000000072314.jpginstruction to prepare students for the official HiSET (High School Equivalency Test).  It is an alternative for those who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to finish high school. The HiSET has replaced GED in the state of Montana as the assessment tool used to award the High School Equivalency Diploma.

Through our FREE program, students are able to attain their HiSET, enroll in college, or improve their employment status. Students set their own goals, work at their own pace, and receive lots of encouragement and praise.

The HiSET test is a sequence of five tests that include writing, science, math, literature and the arts, and social studies. These tests require the test taker to apply reading, math, language, and critical thinking skills. Tests are taken one at a time, and can be taken in any order, as long as writing and math are not last. Passing the HiSET test series allows student to earn their High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED).

The ABLE program is located downstairs in the Main Hall at DCC. If you have questions, contact Jane Wynne at (406) 377-9448.

To be part of our ABLE program and receive FREE HiSET assistance you are required to attend an orientation.

The Orientation helps you in at least five important ways:

  • Evaluation: The pretest administered during the Orientation can help you discover which subjects you need to study.
  • Instruction: Based on your pretest the HiSET tutor will organize your studies and guide you in your preparation for the specific HiSET tests.
  • Practice: Your tutor can give you practice tests similar to the HiSET. These will help you get a better idea about what to expect during the HiSET tests.
  • Readiness for the HiSET testing:  Your HiSET instructor can help you determine readiness to take and pass the official HiSET tests.
  • 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.

If you are 18 or under, you will need to provide an official withdrawal document from your high school.

HiSET (High School Equivalency Test)

HiSET Test Administrator: contact Jolene Myers by phone 406-377-9410 or online.

Print out practice tests

The HiSET exam is made up of five subject tests:

  • Mathematics
  • Language arts: reading
  • Language arts: writing
  • Science
  • Social studies

We encourage you to register at least one week in advance of a test date to ensure there is a seat available: register online for the HiSET

DCC’s HiSET Schedule
2015 Paper Test Computer Test
February 20 NONE
March NONE 27
April 24 NONE
May  NONE 29
June  19 NONE
July  NONE


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