ABE and 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, social studies and literature for students preparing for a High School Equivalency exam. The program is primarily for adults who have not completed high school. Day and evening 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 with consent from a parent or guardian Minors must first obtain a “Certificate of Consent to Participate” form signed by a parent or guardian. 16 to 21 year old students must also provide a completed “Certification of Non-Enrollment in School” form from their high school. Both forms are available through our program.

Prospective students are welcome to enroll in the ABE/High School Equivalency Program 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.

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. Please contact Kathryn Mikita at (973) 300-2186 for an appointment to register for the exam.

ABE/HSE Morning Class
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Learning Center  – B300
Administration Building

ABE/HSE Afternoon Class
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Learning Center – B300

ABE/HSE Evening Class
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Learning Center  – B300

Program Contact Numbers: ABE/High School Equivalency Class Instructors – 973-300-2158 or  email

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.

Emergency Closing Information:
Call 973-300-2366 -  SCCC Emergency Closing Hotline
Check the SCCC website