Adult Basic Education

To apply for ABE classes, you must:

  1. Apply for PFS (Check GED)
  2. Enroll in NMSU ABE Classes

If you are 16 or 17, please complete this online form: Underage Permission Form Or Click Here to download it.

When applying for classes, along with your PFS application, you must bring one of each of the following:

  1. Identification/Age [Birth Certificate, Driver's License, School/State ID/Tribal ID]
  2. Proof of Residence [Utility Bill, Voter registration, Postmarked mail]
  3. Selective Service (males 18-25 years) Copy Card or Number
  4. Social security Card [Copy of card]

• Must have a state ID

In the past, the GED® test was the only option for states to measure a student's high school equivalent academic skills. However, in recent years several states have adopted alternative tests that enable them to provide low-cost testing options to you that are both accessible and meet their standards for a high school equivalency certificate. Since 2013, the HiSET® exam from Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ from McGraw-Hill Education CTB have been adopted by numerous states because they are more affordable and more widely accessible than the GED® test. 


The HISET exam is the new alternative to the GED® test. It will get you the same state-issued high school equivalency credential. but offers these additional benefits:


  • More affordable price — Not only is the HiSET exam offered at a lower price than the GED® test, but you also get more for the fee you pay, including up to two retests in each content area over a 12-month period when you purchase the entire five-subject exam at one time. Free half-length practice tests are available in each content area as you prepare for the official exam.
  • More accessible to you — You have your choice of nearby test centers for your convenience.
  • Our commitment to your success — As a nonprofit organization, our mission is to advance quality and equity in education. We strive to provide all the tools you need to prepare for this important step toward achieving your long term goals.


The HiSET exam is available in both English and Spanish, and accommodations are available for test takers with disabilities or health-related needs.


Show You're Ready for Career or College

Passing the HiSET exam shows that you have attained the academic knowledge and proficiency equivalent to those of a high school graduate. The HiSET exam has also been aligned to the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards for Adult Education that were released in April 2013.


And since the HiSET exam measures essential components of the CCR Standards for Adult Education, it helps identify the areas where you are career and college ready. A score of 15 on each subtest demonstrates college and career readiness.

Please call the office if you have further questions: (505) 552-9322