If you have more questions not covered below, send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (770) 742-9090.
IS THIS PROGRAM FOR ME?
The GED® program at Centro Hispano Marista is recommended for young Hispanic adults over 18 years who did not complete their high school but have some knowledge of the material to be covered. Our GED® program is also for Spanish native-speaker adults who have some high school level and who could prepare in Spanish to take the GED® in Spanish.
The opportunity to participate in the GED® program is given to student who demonstrates understanding of the subjects and willingness to improve their academic level.
If you do not have the minimum level to enter our program, we recommend you to seek for other literacy or ESL programs. Reading and studying on your own is another option. Please check our resources page to find more options for you.
*We are not an ESL program. We are a GED® preparation program.
I’M NOT HISPANIC. CAN I APPLY?
Yes! We welcome everyone 18 or older who wants to finish their GED!
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO GRADUATE?
It depends on two variables: your academic level and the effort you put in the program.
From the academic level perspective, the program is not the same for a new student who arrives with an 11th grade level than a student with an 8th grade level. The average student will spend 2 semesters preparing for Language Arts, 1 semester for Social Studies, 2 semesters for Math, and 2 semesters preparing for Science. When you register to our program, you will take a placement test per subject that will allow us to put you in the right class. If, for example, you have an advanced math level, you may be able to take a semester class or less, instead of a 1 year class.
From the effort perspective, students who study harder usually succeed in finishing the program faster. It is important to understand that coming to classes alone will not be enough to prepare you. You need to work on your own improving your knowledge and skills. The GED® test is not an easy test. When you pass it, you will demonstrate to be at college level. Effort plays a big role on your progress. We have seen students who study every day and use the summer to advance. These students finish in less than half of the estimated time. We can help you prepare for the exam, but it is really your decision how you use this opportunity.
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SPANISH AND THE ENGLISH GED®?
The GED® program and tests are offered in English and Spanish, and they are all equally valid. The actual GED® diploma is published in English and there is no reference made to the language you used in your GED studies and tests.
CAN I TAKE DIFFERENT MODULES IN SPANISH AND SOME IN ENGLISH?
No, you must present the 4 modules in the same language to count towards the GED® Certificate.
CAN I USE A GED TO RE-VALIDATE MY STUDIES OVERSEES?
Yes, if you finished your high school in another country, you can take the GED instead of going through the translation and re-validation process. We will love to prepare you for your test. Make sure you register for next semester. If you want to receive a reminder, fill out this form (click here).
IS THERE A TIME LIMIT TO PASS A CLASS IN THE PROGRAM?
Yes! If in 3 semester we cannot help you with a subject, you probably need another type of program.
We want to give the opportunity to all potential students who want to pass the GED®, and due to capacity restrictions and to respect to our teacher volunteers, we do need to set a time limit. We determined that you should not take more than 3 semesters to pass a module. This is why we stress the importance of working on your own since the very beginning. Attendance to classes will not be enough to pass the GED®.
It is important that you understand the commitment before you enroll to the program. It is your decision to modify your lifestyle and work on your education. We want you to succeed.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE GED® AND THE GED READY®?
The GED Ready® is a screening test ($6 when paid online with a debit card) that predict your readiness to pass the GED. The official GED ($40 per module) is longer.
It is important that you know that there are only 2 GED Ready® test available per module. In other words, if you pay for a third one, you will get a repeated test and the score won’t be a good indicator for passing the official GED® test.
At the Centro Hispano Marista, we use the GED Ready® as our final grade or measure. You can take the GED Ready® at our computer lab through us (recommended for first classes to help you with questions and preparation), or at any computer. If you pass it, we recommend you schedule your GED® as soon as possible through the GED® portal. You can only take the official GED® at their selected locations. Make sure you inform us if you pass any of these tests on your own by sending a picture where you name is visible at email@example.com or text at (770) 742-9090.
Our teachers can tell you when you should take the GED Ready® or the GED®.
WHO ARE OUR TEACHERS?
All your teachers are wonderful volunteers. They do not get a monetary compensation, which allow us to offer you a low tuition. Despite their busy lives, they take the time and effort to help you succeed at your GED® and to give you some mentoring advice for life. Our volunteers are highly educated professionals. All our faculty members have undergraduates and most have masters and doctoral degrees.
Our teachers deserve all your respect and courtesy.
You can read more about them in our “Meet our Teachers” page.
IF I THINK I AM READY, CAN I TAKE THE GED® OR GED READY® ON MY OWN?
Yes, but your teachers can guide better about when you should take the GED Ready® or the GED®. Remember there are only 2 available GED Ready® test available for each subject, so you want to take it when you are ready.
We recommend you had at least one session at our computer lab before you try your first GED Ready®.
After you have passed a GED Ready®, we encourage you to take the official GED® as soon as possible.
Please let your teacher know when you pass either test. Also, update your results (photo with your name visible) with our Registrar Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is the only way we can update our database and advance you to the next class or Graduation Ceremony.
CAN I STUDY ON MY OWN AND TAKE THE EXAM DURING THE SUMMER?
Student may take the GED Ready® test whenever they feel qualified in the particular subject. For example, a student might feel qualified to take the GED Ready® Math test and not be enrolled in Math. We recommend students to take the GED Ready® first to determine if they are ready to take the official GED® test. If they pass the GED Ready®, they should go ahead and take the GED® exam as soon as possible.
If you pass a GED Ready®, please take your GED as soon as possible. If you pass the GED® exam in the summer, congratulations! We will move you to another subject at the beginning of the school year.
Please notify Centro Hispano Marista whenever you pass either GED Ready® or the actual GED® exam so that you will be not be placed in that subject area. You can do so by emailing a picture with your results with your name visible to our Registrar Office at email@example.com. If you are enrolled in that subject class, please also notify your teachers.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE A GED®?
You need to register at www.GED.com. You will need a valid email address and your password. If you do not have an email account, you can create one for free at gmail.com or yahoo.com. Click here to learn how.
*Please do not lose your email or password. You will need them every time you will take a GED Ready® or GED® test. This is how the GED officials keep your records for your certification. Keep them accessible.
You will also need to bring a PRINTED confirmation of your test schedule (no mobiles).
You will also need to show your Photo ID or Photo Identification. Register with your full legal name as it appears in your identification card. They should match. If you do not have a picture ID because you are going through the DACA process, you can get a passport or a “matrícula consular” through the correspondent embassy or consulate
CLICK HERE and follow the instructions.
CLICK HERE to check the official GED testing sites.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT PASS THE GED READY® OR THE GED®?
The GED® test is not an easy test. Do not get discouraged, but do learn from your results.
For the GED Ready®, you can get a score in 3 ranges:
- Will probably do not pass
- Too close to call
- Will probably pass
If you are in the first range, you need to work more on your skills and knowledge.
If you fall into the second range, work on the recommended areas and try it again (Your 2nd GED Ready® or the GED®). Your teacher will be able to help you decide when it is best.
If you score in the third area, schedule your GED® as soon as possible.
The Centro Hispano Marista takes the “Too close to call” and “will probably pass” as success from our classes.
Please let your teachers and our Registrar Office know about your results with a picture with your name visible at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is the only way we can update our database and allocate you in the next class or Graduation Ceremony.
For the GED®, you either pass or not.
If you do pass, congratulations! Let your teacher and our Registrar Office know (email@example.com) to update your information.
If you do not pass, you can try it again for a discounted prize ($20), but if you fail the 3rd time and then you will have to wait for 6 months before you can retake it. This information varies, so please check the official www.GED.com portal for accuracy.
Again, your teachers can give you a better recommendation on what you need.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE ONLY ONE EMAIL ACCOUNT FOR THE PROGRAM?
Your email account is important for 2 reasons:
- It is necessary to have one to register at the GED® portal and to schedule your GED® exams. Is with your email and personal information how the GED organization track your exams, and eventually, your certification and transcripts. This is why you should not take the GED® or the GED Ready® with multiple email accounts. It’s in your best interest to use only one email account to keep record for your certificate, to receive a discounted rate in case you do not pass a GED® exam, and to keep record of those modules you pass.
- Your email is also now a requirement to be enrolled in the Centro Hispano Marista program. Having your email will allow us to let you know about important information, such as, last minute cancellations, changes in your classroom, and questions about your progress and graduation. Please, make sure we have your correct and updated email in our records. Contact us to update your info at (770) 742-9090 o through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please, make sure you have always your email (and password) available. Do not lose it. You will use it during the whole program.
We do not encourage you to have several email accounts. We do recommend you set your email account in your mobile phone if possible, so you can check it and have it handy always.
IF I AM A DROP OUT FROM THE PROGRAM, CAN I REENROLL?
We offer re-enrollment as a “new student with a drop out status,” but new students and current students have priority. Thus, if at Registration we have more people applying than we can take, sorry but we will not be able to enroll you. Be more diligent next time and understand the repercussion of your decisions.
*If you were a DACA student in our program and our system indicates you left or we removed you from our program, we sorry but we cannot renew your DACA letter. Ask your lawyer for advice.
**If you are a current DACA student in our program, you do not want to become a dropout. Keep your attendance and participation, and when you need to renew your papers (Immigration suggest 6 months before the deadline), we can help you have a smooth process.
IF A WAS A STUDENT, LEFT AND FINISHED, CAN I STILL BE PART OF THE GRADUATION CEREMONY?
Once you are a student at Centro, you will always be part of Centro. Yes, you can participate in the Graduation Ceremony. If you finished, let us know even though you do not want to participate in the ceremony. Thank you.
IF I AM AN AMERICAN CITIZEN OR RESIDENT, CAN I STUDY AT THE CENTRO?
Yes, and we would like it you take our classes in English.
CAN I STUDY ESL (ENGLISH AS A 2nd LANGUAGE) AT THE CENTRO HISPANO MARISTA?
No. Being fluent in English is really important. At the Centro Hispano Marista, however, we focus on GED programs.
There are many great ESL programs. We recommend that if you (or a potential student) can benefit from learning English, you should work on an ESL program while simultaneously working on the GED program. If you do not have the academic level to enter our GED program and you are in process of DACA, you can also have the alternative to study ESL.
Some great ESL programs in the Atlanta area are the following:
Catholic Charities: (770) 790-3111
Latin American Association: (404) 638-1800
WHAT CAN I DO IF I MISS REGISTRATION OR I DID NOT PASS THE EXAM?
Continue to prepare yourself! We want you back!
There are many options available to continue learning and increasing your academic level so you can get in the next time. We will keep your information in a wait list in case we have more spaces available or early registration. In the meantime, keep preparing yourself—at the end, it’s your effort and your self-discipline that will make you succeed.
It is important that you have access to a computer and the internet. Local libraries offer computers as well as access to books. Getting a library card is easy and free. You only need your ID or an electric or phone bill that shows you live in the county. Take advantage of this great resource.
Get ready on your own and try our program again
- Review our resources: there are many useful links: http://centrohispanomarista.org/resources/
- Read every day. Libraries are a great and free resource
- Practice with some of the exercises offered at GED.com
- Explore Khan Academy for free lessons on many subjects https://khanacademy.org/
- Learn how to type fast. You will need a keyboard (preferably a computer). There are many free programs to learn on your own. Check our resources page for options—pick the one that fits you the best.
WHEN IS THE NEXT REGISTRATION?
Registration for the fall semester will be in August. Registration for the spring semester will be in December. We will open the link in this website (top menu) as the date approaches.
Visit the NEW STUDENT page for more information, details, and exact dates.
We recommend that you prepare in the meantime, so you increase your changes to enter our program. Visit our website regularly.
DO I NEED DOCUMENTS TO REGISTER?
You only need the following:
- Email (that works and that you check often)
- Fill out the registration form available online (check dates in NEW STUDENT page)
- Bring to the admission exam a picture id (passport/matrícula consular/driver licence)
- Bring to the admission exam pencil and eraser
- Pay your fees
- Motivation to learn and work hard!
REQUEST FOR ALL STUDENTS AND BEYOND
We want to help you and to be more effective, we ask you that when communicating with us through email, text, or phone, please ALWAYS leave your complete legal name, a brief message, and the best way to contact you. Thank you!