Course Description

Now is the time to complete your high school diploma and prepare for the next stage of your life. The College is now offering courses in all content areas (reading/writing, social students, mathematics and science) designed to support and accelerate your successful preparation for the high school equivalency exams.

This course is for students preparing to take the Reading, Writing and Social Studies subtests on either the GED or HiSET examinations. This course focuses on the reading comprehension, writing and editing skills and the social studies content necessary for success on the corresponding GED and HiSET subtests. This course will also provide test taking strategies unique to each course. 

Course Outline

  1. Foundations of Standard English Grammar
  2. Concepts in Reading Comprehension
  3. Analyzing Fiction and Nonfiction Texts and Graphics
  4. Editing Text 
  5. Key Concepts of American History and Government
  6. Understanding Economics and Geography 
  7. Developing and Constructing an Extended Response 
  8. Test Taking Strategies for both the GED and the HiSET

Learner Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:
  • Students will be able to determine the main idea, sequence, cause and effect and summarize information in a variety of texts.
  • Students will be able to analyze and categorize the author’s tone, purpose, perspective, and style in both fiction and nonfiction texts. 
  • Students will learn to make inferences and draw conclusions from one or more texts. 
  • Students will be able to identify features of plot, characters, setting, and literary techniques in fiction passages. 
  • Students will master the content necessary for success on the social studies subtests, including geography and the world, civics and government, United States history and economics. 
  • Students will be able to evaluate, interpret and apply evidence from a variety of genres as well as visually represented evidence such as graphs, charts, timelines, and maps. 
  • Students will be able to construct an extended response using the principles established in the rubrics used on the GED and HiSET, including the development of an opinion, the use of textual evidence to identify supporting claims, the ability to properly structure an essay, and the tools necessary to edit the extended response to correct grammatical errors. 


Materials Required:
Steck-Vaughn GED Textbooks 


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