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Exploring Other Options

If you did not graduate from high school, or if you just want to take some classes for your own enrichment, ACT has information that can help you. Find out more about:

Completing Your GED

If you want to continue your education but did not finish high school, the General Educational Development (GED) Tests provide a way to earn your diploma so you can move ahead.

For more information, visit the American Council on Education's GED Testing Service site.

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Non-credit Continuing Education

Typically offered through local community colleges, non-credit continuing education classes allow people to pursue interests, increase knowledge, and enrich their lives without enrolling in a formal degree program.

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Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education programs serve adults over the age of 16 who are not currently enrolled in school and who lack a high school diploma or the basic skills to function effectively in the workplace and in their daily lives.

Local programs of instruction emphasize the acquisition of basic skills, including reading, writing, computation, communication, and problem solving.

Contact your State Office of Adult Education for information about Adult Basic Education programs in your area.

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"Ability-to-Benefit" Enrollment

If you want to enroll in a postsecondary institution (four-year, two-year, or career/vocational program) but do not have a high school diploma and are beyond the compulsory age for high school education in your state, you may still qualify for federal assistance.

Among the assessments that can be used for "ability-to-benefit" scores for various student populations are ASSET®, COMPASS®, and ESL tests available from ACT.

Ask your admissions officer about qualifying to enroll on an "ability-to-benefit" basis.

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