Wiṣag Koṣ Maṣcamakuḍ

Pre-College High School Equivalency Program

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There are two ways to earn your High School Equivalency Diploma at TOCC. Please review the sections below to determine the program that best fits your learning style.

GED Classes

Pre-College GED Spring 2024 Applications

GED application window is closed for spring 2024 semester.

College Credit Pathway

You must be at least 16 years old or older  and not currently enrolled in High School. A person can earn their High School Equivalency Diploma by completing 25 specific college credits and pass the AZ Civics Test

Applications are currently being accepted

Apply for the College Credit Pathway

Tohono O’odham Community College Pre-College Online GED Program

How to prepare yourself for independent study work towards your GED

Step 1: Set up your FREE GED.com account. 

Step 2: Step 2: Set up your academic goals in your MyGED.com account, be sure to write down your user name and password.

Step 3: Take the 10 question practice tests at the bottom of the MyGED subjects page.
This is the page that has Math, Reading, Language Arts and Science listed at the top.

Step 4: Begin working on the subject that you are most comfortable with and use the
study guides in your MyGed account to get you going.

5: Begin studying for the Arizona Civics Exam, click on this link. This link will direct you the Arizona Department of Education Adult Education Services site where you will find the study guide and other helpful resources to help you to prepare for the Arizona Civics Exam. You are required to take the exam within the first two months of your GED study program.

Completion of the GED test helps you to prepare for the workforce. Here are some helpful resources for you to begin your individual skill building in the workforce skill development areas –Workforce Readiness Skills.
  • Study the Division and Multiplication facts (0-100)
  • Begin reading daily. Choose a subject you enjoy reading and spend at least 30-45 minutes a day reading, then increase the amount of time you read each week

Arizona Civics Test Information

Arizona Civics Test Guide

Anyone who wants to obtain their High School Equivalency Diploma in Arizona will also have to pass the Arizona Civics Test.

Find more information on the AZ Civics Test Fact Sheet.

Note: The Arizona Civics Test must be taken in English.

  1. List of 100 US Civics Questions

2. US Civics Test Study Materials

2023-2024 GED FAST TRACK

If you are confident you have the academic skills to complete your GED without having to enroll in a GED program, we can help you!

You may contact our office and provide your name, email and contact number. The Pre-College GED program Administrator will contact you. You must have a MyGED account set up for the FAST TRACK Option. 

Tom Merino Sells, Community, Sells District

How Long Does it Take to Earn a GED

How long does it take to earn a GED – Information link

GED Testng Pathway – Fact Sheet

Arizona Department of Education – FAQs 

Contact Information

Pre-College GED Program Contact Information

Online Pre-College GED Instructor

Bridget Taylor

GED Math Tutor

Linda Gates – Email: lgates@tocc.edu 

Pre-College GED Program Administrator

Anselmo Ramon – Chair of Workforce & Community Development
Office Phone (520) 479-2300 ext. 2212
Work Cell Phone: (520) 993-5813
email: anramon@tocc.edu

Workforce Community Development Advisor

Pauline Nasewytewa
Office Phone (520)479-2300 ext. 2215
Work Cell Phone 520-993-5814
email: pnasewytewa@tocc.edu

GED graduates of 2022

Alisa M. Orduno

San Pedro

June 2022

Angela Francisco

Baboquivari District,
Resides in Little Tucson

December 2022

College Credit Pathway Pathway - High School Equivalency through TOCC

The College Credit Pathway is an option for adults seeking to obtain their High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma in collaboration with Arizona Department of Education and Tohono O’odham Community College. Effective July 1, 2018, adults can earn their HSE Diploma by demonstrating completion of 25 specific college credits along with passing the AZ Civics Test.

Who is eligible for the College Credit Pathway?
Individuals must be sixteen years of age or older, not enrolled in secondary school or required to be enrolled in secondary school, and lack a high school diploma to be eligible for the College Credit


1. Earn 25 college credits in specific areas.

2. Courses must be at the 100-course level or above.

3. Passing grade letter of ‘C’ or above.

4. Credits must be earned at or validated by an Arizona public state university or community college.

5. Pass the Arizona Civics Test.

6. Set up your EdReady account and take the “Math and Reading Assessment Test” and have your scores readily available.

If you would like to apply for the Community College Pathways, please create a login in TOCC Admissions and select HSE as your program of study.

More Information

ADE College Credit Pathway Fact Sheet

List of CCP-eligible public universities and community colleges 

Contact Information

TOCC Contact

Contact Avis Becenti for more information at 479-2300, ext. 1213 and admissions@tocc.edu.

AZ Department of Education Contact

Download the AZ Department of Education HSE Flyer (PDF)

Arizona Department of Education

1535 W. Jefferson Street, BIN #26, Phoenix, AZ 85007


Get Your Diploma!

I want to get my High School Equivalency Diploma.

There are three (3) ways to obtain your High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma in Arizona. All alternatives require a passing score in the AZ Civics Test. You can accomplish this through one of the following pathways:

The GED® Testing Pathway

The College Credit Pathway

The HSE PLUS Career Readiness Pathway

Watch this video to learn more about the different HSE Pathways: Arizona Pathways to HSE Diploma

Note: You can find more information about the Arizona Civics Test on the Arizona Civics Test Information Page.

May 2023 College Credit Pathway Graduates

Cheri N, Navajo, Gallup New Mexico

Diana Miles, Chukut Kuk, Tohono O’odham Nation

GED Online Resources


Create a MyGED Account

Online resources provided sign up FREE with the MyGED account. Get Your GED – Classes, Online Practice Test, Study Guides, More | GED®

Additional Self-Study Resources

2020-2021 GED/Community College Pathways Sucess Stories

TOCC Grad Focuses on the Positive

By Martha S. Lee

Four years ago, Francisco found herself a single mother of four children working customer service jobs to make ends meet. She had left high school when her first child was born. Her career options seemed limited without a
high school diploma or GED. She realized that she wanted to set an example for her children of being committed to education. They were growing up and might graduate from high school before her if she didn’t start soon!

Once she made her decision, Delia enrolled in the Pre-College/GED Program at Tohono O’odham Community College. She studied hard and earned her GED within a year of starting the program at TOCC’s Wiṣag Koṣ Maṣcamakuḍ (Hawk’s Nest Campus), in spring 2018… Read more. 

Persistence of O’odham woman proves that it is never too late to get started with your education

By Martha S. Lee

In August 2020, Saraficio reached out and invited Armenta-Vega to join the GED class that was meeting in real time online. The five students and the instructor met every day in their Zoom room. Most of them, like Olga, were working on math. Previously she had been intimidated by math, but now she approached this subject with an air of discovery.

Olga learned geometry concepts such as the Pythagorean theorem by drawing shapes and watching Saraficio diagram and solve problems on a white board. The winter of 2020-2021 was the hardest, with hurdles like family illness and the heat in her home going out. Yet Olga was determined to graduate this year. She practiced and practiced and then took the mathematics GED test in April 2021. She passed! Read more…

Tohono O’odham Community College’s First Student to Complete the College Credit Pathway for High School Equivalency

By Delores Saraficio

TOCC recently had its first student complete the CCP. Monique started the GED program in the summer of 2018. Monique had dropped out of high school three years earlier and says the bad learning environment made it difficult to care about her education. She felt that she was being treated unfairly. Jokingly she says it was difficult to focus since she was a pretty girl surrounded by a lot of boys. Monique felt the GED program was a way for her to move forward. She was eager to learn, which was evident in her near-perfect attendance. Still, she felt that she was not learning what she needed to achieve her future goals.

Once she heard about the College Credit Pathway, she quickly and easily decided it was the route to take. Monique felt it would be a faster way to earn her HSE. The CCP generally takes about one-and-a-half years to complete. All of Monique’s credits were completed within a year, with the exception of Math 151. TOCC provided a lot of support, however, she faced many challenges with her math instructors, which led to a delay in completing the program. Read more…

Other Adult Education Programs in Tucson and Central Arizona College

PCC - Adult Basic Education For College & Career

Location(s): Tucson

Phone: 520-206-7330

Email: adulted@pima.edu

Website: https://www.pima.edu/community/adult-basic-education/index.html

Pima County Adult Probation

Location(s): Tucson

Phone: 520-724-5434

Website: http://pcaplearnlab.weebly.com

Address (East): 8180 E Broadway Blvd Tucson, AZ 85710

Address (South): 2695 E Ajo Way ​Tucson, AZ 85713

Address (West): 3781 N Highway Dr., Suite 109 Tucson, AZ 85705

Central Arizona College Adult Education

Location(s): Aravaipa, Casa Grande, Coolidge, Maricopa, San Tan Valley, Apache Junction, Florence, Gila River Indian Community (Sacaton), and surrounding areas such as Eloy, Arizona City, Stanfield

Phone: 520-494-5950

Website: https://centralaz.edu/community/education-outreach/adult-education/