HSEC (High School Equivalency Certificate)
As of Jan. 1, 2014, a major change happened in the testing options for the Wyoming High School Equivalency Certificate (HSEC). The GED® test that had been used since 2002 was retired in December 2013. The Wyoming Community College Commission approved multiple pathways to earn the Wyoming High School Equivalency Certificate. In addition to the 2014 GED® Test, two alternative tests HiSET™ (High School Equivalency Test) and TASC™ (Test of Assessing Secondary Completion) will be available in Wyoming. All three tests are based on a subset of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
referred to as the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS)
LCCC (ACES and TLC) will continue to offer high quality education to help students prepare to take their HSEC exam. What is learned in the program will be applicable to any of the available assessments.
Main Cheyenne Campus
Candidates are encouraged to enroll in the ACES program to complete their HSEC preparation. This preparation is free. Individualized instruction is provided to prepare students to complete the HSEC tests. Classes offered include reading, writing, math, science and social studies.
Students who are 16 or 17 years of age must complete age waiver requirements through ACES prior to taking the tests.
All HSEC testing is scheduled through the test publisher websites ged.com and hiset.ets.org. Contact ACES at 307.637.2450 for assistance with registering or scheduling.
Albany County Campus
All policies listed for the Cheyenne campus apply at the Albany County Campus. Students can achieve their goals in HSEC preparation (reading, writing, math, social studies, and science) through a variety of methods. Instruction is either on a one-on-one basis or in small groups.
Pre-Testing and Instruction
Students begin their program by completing an assessment. This assessment will allow LCCC to design an educational plan that best fits each student's needs.
LCCC uses a variety of instructional devices and programs to help students achieve their goals. These include:
- small group sessions
- subject assignments for follow-up homework
- online programs that can be completed from home
Official Practice Tests and HSEC Signup
After the student has completed assigned work and has shown improvement, they will begin the Official HSEC Practice Tests. These tests familiarize students of the proper method of filling out the bubble sheets, calculator usage and make sure the student is ready for the actual HSEC test. Once the student's instructor feels he/she is ready for the HSEC test, the student will then be sent to the ACC Testing Center to register for tests.
The HSEC test costs a total of $90 for all five tests at the Albany County Campus in Laramie. If these fees present a problem, students can speak with their instructor about applying for a partial $40 scholarship.