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Title: Adult Basic Education New Student Orientation

Adult Basic Education New Student Orientation
  • Your local Adult Basic Education
  • (ABE) program is here to serve you.

  • We are proud that you have decided to return to
    school to further your education. The decision
    you have made shows that you are concerned about
    your future and we look forward to assisting you
    as you strive to reach your personal goals. The
    purpose of this short slide show is to give you a
    better understanding of the Adult Basic Education
    program so you can receive the maximum benefit
    from the program.

Program Sponsorship
  • This program is sponsored through Mississippi
    State Board for Community and Junior Colleges.
    Local programs are operated by participating
    public school districts, community colleges,
    community based organizations, and other

First Things FirstSetting Goals
  • In order for this class to be successful for you,
    it is very important that you set goals for
    yourself in the class. Please make sure that you
    share and discuss these with your teacher.
  • Goals need to be SPECIFIC, REALISTIC, and
  • To say I want to be a millionaire by the age of
    20 would not be very realistic. But to say I
    eventually plan to work in a department store by
    first getting a job as a sales clerk…then as an
    assistant manger…then as a manager would be
    realistic, specific, and positive.
  • Many adults who return to school have the goal of
    getting the GED. That is a great goal, but you
    first need to think about the short term goals
    which must be reached to prepare for the 7 ½ hour
  • For example, I would like to get my GED, but
    first I have to upgrade my skills in writing an
    essay for the GED and learn how to solve
    mathematics word problems. This goal is more
    specific and takes into account some of the
    skills that must be achieved first, in order to
    be prepared to take the GED test.
  • Our goal in this class is to help you break down
    the subject matter into small, achievable parts
    that will help lead you to your broader long-term
    goals. Please remember that achieving goals
    takes time and personal commitment.

Goal Setting Questions
  • Here are some questions to help you define your
    goals. Take out a sheet of paper, write the
    questions down, and answer each question.
  • 1. What is your long-term personal goal for this
  • 2. How much time are you willing to commit to
    achieving this goal?
  • 3. What are some things you know of right now
    that you need to learn more about in order to
    reach your long-term goals?
  • 4. What employment goals do you have?
  • 5. What do you need to do to achieve your
    employment goals?
  • 6. Do you have specific goals for yourself or
    your family that you would like to share?
  • 7. Can you identify any things that are getting
    in the way of you achieving your goals?
    (Examples lack of time, little family support,
    low self image)
  • Congratulations!
  • You have made the first step towards your
    success. We all have dreams about what we want
    to do with our lives. But dreams are simply a
    wish list floating in the clouds. In order to
    move forward, you must set goals. Any goal that
    is not written down is just a dream. Since you
    have just written down your goals, you have made
    the important first step towards your success in
    this class. All you have to do now is commit
    your time, energy and enthusiasm into being a
    successful student.

Now, your goals are set.
  • Congratulations!
  • You have made the first step towards your
    success. We all have dreams about what we want
    to do with our lives. But dreams are simply a
    wish list floating in the clouds. In order to
    move forward, you must set goals. Any goal that
    is not written down is just a dream. Since you
    have just written down your goals, you have made
    the important first step towards your success in
    this class. All you have to do now is commit
    your time, energy and enthusiasm into being a
    successful student.

Adult education classes are not like regular
  • It is very important that you understand that
    this class is not designed to be like the regular
    school you once attended. There are several
    things about adults that make them learn
    differently from children. We respect these
    differences and try to make the class best meet
    your adult needs. Below are some of the ways
    adults learn differently. Think about it!
  • Adults are self-directed. As an adult you depend
    on yourself to earn a living and manage your
  • Adults are doers. You use what you learn to be
    better workers and parents.
  • Adults have a broad base of learning that has
    come from life experience.
  • Adults have many life experiences to learn from.
  • Adults learn more slowly than children, but just
    as well.
  • Adults are motivated to learn internally by
    self-esteem and feeling of achievement.
  • Adults need to apply their learning immediately
    in order to help them with their life situation.
  • Adult learners are from many educational levels,
    backgrounds and ages.

Key features of ABE/GED Classes
  • Adult Education classes do not give grades.
    Instead of grades, your instructor will focus on
    helping you master the skills you need to be
    successful to reach your personal learning goals.
  • You will not be issued textbooks for Adult
    Education classes. Although books and other
    materials will be used during class time, you
    will not be given specific books to keep. Your
    instructor will check out materials to you to use
    during your home-study time.
  • You will be taking a test during the first week
    of your class time so the instructor will be able
    to know what materials you need to work with.
  • You are expected to act as a responsible adult
    while attending these classes. The instructor
    will go over the expectations for student
    behavior on the first class meeting. Failure to
    follow the student expectations can result in
    dismissal from the program.
  • Class attendance is very important in being able
    to reach your learning goals. Please let your
    instructor know of any difficulties at home that
    might cause you to have to miss classes.
  • Class work in adult education classes is usually
    self-paced and based on your personal learning
    level. Many times, the entire class will all be
    working on different assignments and the teacher
    will be going around the room helping each
    student with any problems they are having.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to let
    the instructor know about any problems you are
    having with your class work.

How do I find out what I need to learn in this
  • Take the TABE Locator TestThis short test in
    reading, math, and language will help us know
    which longer version of the Test of Adult Basic
    Education (TABE) to give you.
  • Then take the TABE Full Battery TestThis 3 hour
    test covers reading, math, and language. It will
    be graded and you and the instructor will review
    your scores to find out what you need to study in
    this class.

Keeping up with progress
  • The best way to succeed in class is to have a
    clear picture of the skills you need to study
    each day. Check them off as you accomplish them
    and move to the next skill. Before you know it,
    you will have reached a learning milestone. Your
    teacher will be keeping a record of the skills
    you are studying on a form called the SIOA
    (Student Instructional Objectives and

How long will this take me?
  • The length of time this class will take is
    different for every person. It all depends on
    your background knowledge, personal motivation,
    and study habits.
  • After you have been in class 50 hours, your
    teacher will give you the TABE test again as a
    post test to see what type of progress has been
    made. From this post test, we can determine what
    else needs to be covered in class.

Lets talk about the GED
  • The Tests of General Educational Development
    (GED Tests) are designed to measure learning
    outcomes that are generally acquired through
    completion of a high school program of study.
    The GED is a standardized test, meaning that its
    scoring scale is derived from the performance of
    a sample of graduating high school seniors. The
    content on the test is drawn from material used
    in todays high schools.
  • Below is a summary of the five sections of the
  • Math Part I 25 45 minutes
  • (Calculator allowed)
  • Math Part II 25 45 minutes
  • Science 50 80 minutes
  • Social Studies 50 70 minutes
  • Language Arts Reading 40 65 minutes
  • Language Arts-Writing-Part I 50 75 minutes
  • Language Arts-Writing Part II Essay 45 minutes

Frequently Asked Questions--GED
  • Who is eligible to take the GED tests?
  • To be eligible to test, you must be 17 or older
    and not required to be enrolled in school under
    the MS Compulsory School Attendance Law.
    Students ages 17-18 must furnish an official
    statement on school letterhead giving the date
    that they officially withdrew from high school or
    the date their regular high school class
    graduated. GED examinees must have been a
    resident of Mississippi for at least 30 days. To
    take the GED test, call your local GED testing
    center to sign up for the next upcoming GED
    orientation session. This session usually takes
    approximately 2-3 hours on a separate day before
    you take the exam. The GED examiner will provide
    you with a listing of what paperwork needs to be
    provided at the orientation. A free training
    session on the GED calculator is provided at the
    GED orientation. For a listing of GED examiners,
    click on the link below
  • http//

FAQs, Ctd.
  • How are the tests scored?
  • GED standard scores range from a minimum of 200
    to a maximum of 800.
  • To pass the tests in Mississippi, a student must
    score 410 on each test and at least a 450 average
    for the entire test (total of 2250 points).

What will I do if I do not pass the tests?
  • You can take the GED tests over for a 12.00 fee
    per section. The test can be taken three times
    in each GED calendar year. It is recommended
    that students who do not pass the test attend
    classes to become more prepared for the
    section(s) of the test that they did not pass.
    Since the test is standardized, a student would
    make a similar score if they retested with no
    preparation therefore, it is important that
    students prepare for any parts which did not meet
    the minimum score requirements.

Can I get into college with the GED?
  • The GED diploma is accepted by about 95 percent
    of the U.S. colleges and universities. GED
    graduates are also eligible for most federal
    financial aid programs provided they meet other
    criteria. GED graduates will likely have to take
    the ACT or some other type of test for college
    admissions purposes.

What about accommodations for people with
  • Special test editions including Braille,
    audiocassette, and large print are available to
    students who have specific learning disabilities.
    The accommodation granted depends upon the
    disabling condition. Standard testing
    accommodations including extended time,
    supervised breaks, use of an audiocassette
    edition, calculator, scribe, and a private room
    can also be granted. To request an application
    for accommodations, you must contact the local
    GED examiner and request form L-15 (for specific
    learning disabilities and attention deficit
    hyperactivity disorder) and form SA-001 (for
    emotional and physical disabilities).

Is the GED easy?
  • The GED is not an easy test however, it is not
    impossible. By setting clear and concise
    learning goals in this adult education class, you
    can achieve your goal of passing the examination.
    Below are several learning goals any student
    desiring to take the GED test needs to achieve.
  • Goal 1 Learners will identify and correct
    errors in pieces of writing using the conventions
    of standard written English.
  • Goal 2 Learners will use writing process to
    compose a well-organized, 200-word essay on an
    assigned topic within an allotted time period.
  • Goal 3 Learners will read and develop an
    understanding of key concepts and vocabulary in
    social studies.
  • Goal 4 Learners will read and develop an
    understanding of vocabulary, and applications of
    key concepts in science.
  • Goal 5 Learners will be able to comprehend,
    interpret, and analyze popular and classical
    literature and commentary about literature and
    the arts.
  • Goal 6 Learners will develop an understanding
    of applied mathematical concepts in arithmetic,
    algebra, and geometry that require reasoning and
    problem-solving skills.
  • Goal 7 Learners will be better prepared for the
    tests of the GED by learning pertinent test
    taking strategies.

Study Skills Tips
  • My eyes are tired. Cant stay focused.
  • Take a five minute break every 20 minutes. It is
    very helpful to relax the mind after serious
    study. Stand up, stretch and reward yourself
    after you accomplish learning how to solve a
    problem, concept, etc.
  • Everything is running together on the page.
  • Try to divide the page with a half-folded piece
    of paper.
  • Cant get my notes organized.
  • When the teacher explains how to do a math
    problem for example, you might want to keep a
    journal with one example of how to do the
    problem. Make notations like this
  • Subject Area of a rectangle.
  • Formula Length times width (l x w)
  • Example What is the area of a rectangular
  • 5 feet wide and half that long?
  • 5 x 2.512.5 feet

Study Skills
  • Have trouble taking notes.
  • Divide the page into two parts by drawing a line
    down the middle of the page.
  • Place the subject being studied about on the left
    side of the page and record key ideas relating to
    the subject on the right side.
  • When the topic changes, add the new topic to the
    left side and continue the process. After class,
    you will have space to go in and record
    additional information on the subject.
  • Have trouble remembering important ideas.
  • When you have trouble remembering important
    ideas, create a jingle to help you remember.
    For example, with order of operations you might
  • Please (Do parentheses first)
  • Excuse (Do exponents next)
  • My (Multiply next from left to right)
  • Dear (Divide next from left to right)
  • Aunt (Add next from left to right)
  • Sally (Subtract next from left to right)

Study Skills
  • Have trouble with big words
  • When complex vocabulary gives you trouble, it is
    very important to try to break the word down to
    its root, prefixes or suffixes.
  • Example cardiovascular surgeon
  • Cardio (heart)
  • Vascular (blood vessels)
  • Meaning surgeon specializing with the heart and
    blood vessels.
  • Also use other words in a passage to help you get
    the meaning. These words are called context
  • Cant get focused on reading a long passage.
    Dont comprehend what I read.
  • Use SQ3R.
  • SURVEY-Look over what you read first and ask
    yourself what is this going to be about.
  • QUESTION-Ask yourself what you want to learn
    form the passage.
  • READ-Read the passage to try to answer your
  • RECITE-Mentally put the meaning of the passage
    into your own words.
  • REVIEW-Mentally review the key idea before
    moving on to the next passage.
  • Cant get my mind focused and ready to read new
  • Try the KWL method to prepare the mind.

For More Information
  • Please see your local ABE instructor to discuss
    any questions you may have. Feel free to call
    your local ABE director if you need to locate
    additional classes in the community. Your local
    GED examiner will assist you with the scheduling
    of your GED examination.
  • Thank you for enrolling in our program and for
    participating in this short orientation.