Academic Assessment

TABE The Test of Adult Basic Education is administered to assess academic needs for placement, instruction, WIOA, and other programs.  The TABE is the key placement test utilized for Adult Education program enrollment including GED, WAGE, and ESL.  Students must provide a valid Arkansas ID or other proof of Arkansas residency in order to enroll and receive services.

GED  The Arkansas High School Diploma can be earned by passing a series of general knowledge exams.  The tests cover the following subjects: writing skills, social studies, science, literature and the arts, and mathematics.  The GED Test may be taken at South Arkansas Community College.  Students must take a pre-test and present those results with an application to test before taking the state GED Test.

English as a Second Language - ESL
This class is designed for students who have little or no background in the English Language as well as students who have limited use of the English Language.  Alphabet sounds, simple commonly used verbs, and basic understanding of grammar and basic functional language are emphasized for the beginning students.  Intermediate and advanced students learn to speak in various situations and become more comfortable in speaking in different social gatherings.  Intermediate and advanced classes focus on clarity of pronunciation, speed-reading, vocabulary building, written essays, and formal speech presentations.

Arkansas Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy (WAGE) Program is designed to address the need to improve the workplace basic skills of the unemployed and under-employed labor pool.  The WAGE Program is an industry, education, and community collaborative for workforce development.  The program incorporates an alliance among local employer advisory council, adult education services, employment and training agencies, industrial development foundations, and county/city governments to identify and provide training in those literacy skills essential to most entry-level jobs in the community.

Employability and/or soft skills are taught in the basic skills classes.  Focus is on the students' developing employability skills to help them obtain and keep jobs.