High School Equivalency (formerly G.E.D.) Preparation

Take classes to prepare for the High School Equivalency (formerly GED) exam conducted by South Bend Community School Corporation instructors on Notre Dame’s campus. Attend two classes per week, two hours per class.

Next Sessions

Fall 2020 Term
Mondays and Wednesdays (Mon, Oct 19 – Wed, Dec 16)
10:00 a.m. – noon each day
Virtual Sessions only

Winter 2021 Term
Mondays and Wednesdays (Jan 18 – Wed, May 12)
10:00 a.m. – noon each day
Virtual Sessions only

Please contact LaTonia Ferguson at LatoniaFerguson@nd.edu for registration information.

A Program of the Learning at Work Skills Academy

For those persons who did not complete a high school education and do not have a diploma, the High School Equivalency Diploma preparation program provides the opportunity to refresh forgotten academic skills or learn the educational skills and knowledge needed to complete the High School Equivalency examination.

High School Equivalency preparation teaches the math, language, writing, social studies and science skills required for the High School Equivalency examination. Methods include direct class instruction, individual tutoring, and computer-aided learning.

The University covers the costs of course fees, materials and test registration fees (for a maximum of two attempts to pass).

To Apply

  • Complete the Interest Form, including supervisor’s signature
  • Submit form to: Office of Human Resources, 200 Grace Hall
  • If you have any questions, please contact LaTonia Ferguson at LatoniaFerguson@nd.edu


Is the High School Equivalency diploma as good or as acceptable as a high school diploma?
The High School Equivalency diploma is accepted by employers, universities, technical and other post-secondary institutions or certification programs in general. (Regardless of the type of diploma you have, all of those post-secondary programs have their own entrance test requirements.)

How long does it take to prepare for the High School Equivalency exam?
It depends on the individual. It depends on where your starting skills are and how long it takes to refresh or learn the skills that you need.

What is covered on the High School Equivalency exam?
The High School Equivalency exam has five parts: Reading/Literature, Writing/Essay, Math, Social Studies and Science.

What happens if I don’t pass the exam? How many times can I take it?
An instructor will help you evaluate the areas you need to concentrate on so you can resume or repeat your studies. You may take one exam per semester and the University will pay for up to two exams.

What if I don’t learn enough in one semester to pass the exam? Can I take classes more than one time?
Depending on your learning needs, progress, and the department’s business needs, you may be able to attend more than one semester. Instructors will assist in determining what will help you be successful in passing the test. The maximum number of semesters is six (two fall, two spring, two summers). This schedule may vary depending on individual circumstances.

Can I attend if classes are scheduled during my normal work hours?
Most departments are able to release employees to attend classes.

What if my supervisor tells me I am needed on my job during class time?
Business needs may have to come first. Efforts will be made to allow you to go to class. Be sure to let your instructor know that you are unable to attend due to work requirements.

Do I get paid while I’m in class?
A full-time employee will be paid for ½ of the scheduled class time attended at the “straight” pay rate. The normal work schedule may be modified to ensure that a combination of the actual work time and the class time attended/paid does not exceed 40 hours per week.

Do I have to attend every class?
You are expected to attend all classes in a semester. If you are unable to attend, you need to contact your instructor and let your supervisor know.

What if I have to stop coming to class due to personal reasons?
You need to tell the instructor and your supervisor as soon as you know that you can no longer attend. The instructor will inform the person who coordinates the program for Notre Dame.

Click here for interest form.

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