High School Equivalency (HSE)

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High School Equivalency (HSE) Preparation Classes

*Providing free, non-credit, open-entry HSE classes. Apply and register anytime throughout the semester!
Fall Semester: Monday, August 22 - December 20, 2022
High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation classes are designed to ensure that students pass all sections of the HiSET® or GED test. *HSE classes are open enrollment, meaning students can register anytime throughout the semester.

Exam preparation through Saddleback College includes free classes offered in the subjects that you will be tested on the official exam: Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts (Reading & Writing). These classes are offered in both English and Spanish. We also provide free placement and practice tests to assess student readiness for official testing.                                       

            Fall Semester Schedule      

       Click here to view the HSE Class Schedule.

                   *Fall 2022 classes will be held August 22 - December 20.

Steps to Get Started Today

     Are you ready to begin the journey to earn your HSE Certificate? 

Follow these 5  Steps to Success!

 1. Create Assessment ID & Complete assessment exams
 2. Attend an HSE Orientation
 3. Submit Saddleback College Application & Register for Classes
 4. Attend free online HSE classes through Canvas
 5. Pass your HiSET Exams and earn your certificate!

*For questions / more information, please call us at (949) 336-2457 or email us at   scadulted@saddleback.edu We are available to assist you Monday - Thursday 8:30am-8:00pm

1. a) Create Assessment ID - New Student Only (Returning students can proceed to Step 2)
Click here to create your assessment ID (click Create Account). The assessment number (also known as an ASAP ID number) is needed when you attend your High School Equivalency Orientation. Your assessment (ASAP ID) number is used for your initial practice test in reading and math. Returning students who already have an ASAP ID number can go directly to step 2.  

b) Complete your Reading and Math assessment (practice) exams. HSE assessment tests in Reading and Math are held every Wednesday from 10am to 6pm by appointment. The two practice Reading and Math tests will take about an hour each to complete. These are initial practice exams to help you determine your readiness and amount of preparation support needed to pass the official HiSET® or GED state exam. Please Note: You will need to use a Windows, Mac, Chromebook computer or an iPad to begin testing. 

➡ Click here to schedule your HSE CASAS assessment testing appointment with our HSE Coordinator. 

*Assessment (practice) tests can be completed before or after attending an orientation. 

           Reading and Math practice tests are held every Wednesday from 10am to 6pm. 

2. Attend HSE Zoom Orientation
New students must attend a “Live” HSE Orientation held on Zoom to learn about the program and to be able to register for classes.

  • *Group orientations for this Fall semester have ended. To schedule a one-on-one orientation or for general questions on how to get started in the HSE program, please contact HSE Coordinator, Javier Corrales at (949) 336-2457 or email  jcorrales@saddleback.edu

3. Submit Saddleback College Application & Register for Classes

           Click here to view the HSE Fall 2022 Class Schedule.

*Need help completing your application or registering for classes? Call our Admissions & Records support team (listed below) for assistance. 

❖ Nancy Ayala: (949) 627-0893

❖ Jacqueline Parra: (949) 627-0824

4. Attend free HSE classes online through Canvas
Study and prepare for your 5 Official HiSET Exams by attending your HSE classes. *Online classes will be accessed online through CANVAS

  • AEBE 702NC - Language Arts I (Social Studies, Science)
  • AEBE 703NC - Language Arts II(Reading, Writing)
  • AEBE 704NC - Math I
  • AEBE 705NC - Math II* 
  • AEBE 792 - Language Arts/ Math Lab (to conduct practice exams for the state test)

*These classes have a pre-requisite​.

5. Pass all 5 subjects of the HiSET exam and earn your High School Equivalency Certificate! 
Schedule your testing appointments and pass all 5 subject exams. For information on official HiSET testing options, click here.

  • Social Studies - 70 minutes on exam, 60 multiple choice questions
  • Science - 80 minutes on exam, 60 multiple choice questions
  • Math - 90 minutes on exam, 55 multiple choice questions
  • Reading - English test: 65 minutes, 50 multiple choice questions // Spanish test: 80 minutes, 50 questions
  • Writing - 120 minutes on exam, 60 multiple choice questions & 1 essay question

*Official HiSET Exams will be proctored in-person at Saddleback College or by the "HiSET Exam From Home" option. Take one test at a time or all five at once. Each test proctored at Saddleback College is $26.75 (you can retest 3 times per subject every year).

Need Assistance?   Contact Us

  We are available to assist you  Monday-Thursday   8:30 am - 8:00 pm

 Tel.: (949) 348-6850   Emailscadulted@saddleback.edu

For specific questions, please contact the High School Equivalency Coordinator:

Javier Corrales

(949) 336-2457


Adult Education Main Office

The main office for Saddleback College Adult Education is located off of the main campus, at Silverado High School in order to serve our students in the community. Here, you will find a dedicated space for classrooms and staff offices.

➡ Address: 25632 Peter A Hartman Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92691  *Click here for map.

➡ Hours: Monday-Thursday   8:30 am - 8:00 pm

Student Services Offered:

  • Admissions & Records assistance (Bilingual support offered in English & Spanish)
    • Application support
    • Registration support
    • Student Update support on college record
  • Technology assistance (Bilingual support offered in English & Spanish)
    • Canvas support
    • College Email support
    • Zoom support

Undocumented Students | Educational & Community Resources

Saddleback College is deeply committed to the inclusion of all people, regardless of their race, ethnicity, heritage, national origin, immigration status, religion, age, sexual orientation, or level of ability. Saddleback College is dedicated to student success, inclusion, and the powerful representation of each member of our community.  

The Undocumented Student Support webpage provides a variety of resources to our Dreamers, AB540 eligible students and our undocumented students to support academic success. California Assembly Bill 540 (AB540) is a California law that allows qualified undocumented students opportunities to further their education and pay in-state tuition fees at all California Community Colleges. 

If you are an undocumented student, there are many resources available to you. Please know Saddleback Colleges caring allies are ready to help and protect our undocumented community and their families.

At Saddleback College you will find a safe environment and supportive community. 

Welcome to opportunity.

Click here for more information on the Saddleback Undocumented Student Support Resources 

Meet with a Bilingual Counselor

Bilingual counselors are provided by the Saddleback College Counseling Center.

*Fall semester counseling begins August 15, 2022.

To schedule an appointment, call us at (949) 348-6850.

Counselors provide students with: 

❖ Academic counseling  ❖ Career counseling  ❖ Personal counseling

Click here to view a flyer of the Fall 2022 Counseling schedule.

Adult Education Bilingual Counseling

8:30 am - 2:30 pm

*In-Person at Silverado HS

Maryam Afshari

 (English & Farsi)

 (949) 416-5654


8:30 am - 3:30 pm

*In-person at Silverado HS

 Tanith Quintanilla

 (English & Spanish)



1:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

*In-person at Silverado HS

 Jeanette Esquivel

 (English & Spanish)



11:00 am - 7:00 pm


Tanith Quintanilla

 (English & Spanish)




3:00 pm - 7:00 pm


 Jeanette Esquivel

 (English & Spanish)


2:00 pm - 7:00 pm


 Maryam Afshari

 (English & Farsi)

 (949) 416-5654


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


 Maryam Afshari

 (English & Farsi)

 (949) 416-5654



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