Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Adult Basic Education (ABE) FAQs

To apply for HiSET/GED, Hampden Prep, or Transition to College classes, please complete the Adult Basic Education Program application. Please note, new applicants need to click "Create New Account" and create an account with a username and password.

A staff member will reach out to you with a phone call to discuss your needs and set up your assessment dates.

Students take reading and math assessments before being placed in classes. These assessments will be offered in-person or online. The assessments provide information to help us put you in the correct classes.

Once assessments are complete, you will be invited to an orientation to complete the application process. Orientation takes place prior to a new enrollment period (September, October, November, January, March).

After orientation, you will be placed in classes and classes begin.

HiSET/GED and Hampden Prep Classes

In-person day students have classes Monday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. In-person evening students have classes Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Online classes will include one on one Zoom meetings and Google Classroom assignments.

Transition to College Classes

Fall (August-December) in-person classes meet 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday- Thursday.

Spring (January-May) in-person classes have a varied schedule.

Online schedules vary.

There are three class levels:

  • Level I - Basic Literacy (2.0 - 4.9 grade level)
  • Level II - Pre-ASE (5.0 - 8.9 grade level)
  • Level III - ASE (9.0 - 12.0 grade level)
  • Level IV - ASE (9.0 - 12.0 grade level - classes focus on subjects needed to complete the HiSET/GED)

 Yes, HiSET/GED students may also take the following additional classes:

  • HiSET/GED to Medical Sciences: a look at the human body through a medical lens and an introduction to medical terminology
  • Financial Literacy: a look at money management
  • Book Club: reading in small groups

ABE classes are held on the STCC campus and the Springfield Housing Authority, SHA Sullivan Housing complex 160 Nursery St.

Students register online to take the HiSET/GED exam through the Educational Testing Service.

Students register online to take the GED test through GED.com.

There are various HiSET/GED testing centers in the region. When you register to take the test can select your testing location. The STCC Testing Center in the Ira H. Rubenzahl Student Learning Commons (B19) room 238 is an authorized location.

If you need assistance completing the online registration or have other questions regarding the HiSET/GED exam, please call the Testing Center at (413) 755-4709.

Yes. During your enrollment in the program, the Career & Educational Advisor meets with each student and develops a career education plan.

Yes. The Transition to College Advisor is available to assist you. Please contact the Adult Education Center at (413) 755-4300 or SALC@stcc.edu.

  • Take the digital and computer literacy classes under Hampden Prep. Fill out the inquiry form as soon as possible.
  • Read daily
  • Write daily
  • Practice keyboarding at typing.com
  • Practice using email by setting up an account

Call the STCC Adult Education Center at (413) 755-4300.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) FAQs

To apply for ESOL classes, please complete the ESOL Inquiry form. An ESOL staff will give you a follow-up call within a few weeks to complete a short language assessment by phone. Please note that there is a waiting list for ESOL classes.

Day Levels:
Level I-Beginning (SPL 0 - 2)
Level II-Intermediate (SPL 2 - 4)
Level III-Advanced (SPL 4 - 6)

Night Levels:
Level I-Beginning (SPL 0 - 2)
Level II-Intermediate (SPL 2 - 4)
Level III-High Intermediate (SPL 4 - 6)
Level IV-Advanced (SPL 4 - 6)

All textbooks will be provided for you. You will need to bring pens, pencils, notebooks, binders, etc.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at (413) 755-3765.