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ABE and HSE (High School Equivalency) Study Program

Sussex County Community College offers small-group, self-paced instruction in basic writing, reading and math skills (Adult Basic Education/ABE), as well as additional components in science and social studies for students preparing for a High School Equivalency (HSE) exam. The program is primarily for adults who have not completed high school. Morning and afternoon sessions are available on campus. The program is offered through funding from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and is free to participants.

Who is eligible?

If you are at least 16 years of age, you can enter the program. 16 and 17 year olds must have a signed consent form from a parent or guardian. 16 to 21 year olds must complete a “Consent of Non-Enrollment in School”, available through our program.

Prospective students are welcome to enroll in an ABE/HSE program block, once they have made an appointment to take the program enrollment test. This test is called a TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) The number to call to register for the TABE is (973) 300-2158.

How long will it take?

Learning needs will vary, depending on each student’s level of mastery in each of the basic skills areas. Instruction is, therefore, individualized. You set the pace through regular attendance and focus on your curriculum of study as determined by our instructors based upon your entering skill levels.

Class Days and Times

Monday and Wednesday
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Room B102

Tuesday and Thursday
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Room B102

Tuesday and Thursday
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Room B102

Monday and Wednesday
6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Room B102

Fast Track – To be arranged in
Block 1, 2, 3 or 4 Session Times
Room B102

Fast Track To be arranged in Block 1, 2, or 3 Session Times, Room B102

Program Contact Numbers: ABE/HSE Class Instructors – 973-300-2158 or email

Where can I take the High School Equivalency Exam?

The College offers the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) exam. HiSET is administered twice a month at the College’s Testing Center on campus. Tests are offered on Saturdays to accommodate participants. Any New Jersey resident, 18 years or older, who does not have a high school diploma is eligible to take the exam. The ABE/HSE Program Office is located in B101; please contact Kathryn Mikita at (973) 300-2186 for an appointment to register for the exam.

Additional Information: Visit the New Jersey Department of Education website at for further information on the high school equivalency exam route to a high school diploma in the state of New Jersey and for a list of testing centers.

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