Adult Basic Education – ABE



  • Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. That’s a student every 26 seconds – or 7,000 a day.
  • The 2010 U.S. Census indicates that more than 39 million adults (18%) aged 16 and older in the United States lack a high school credential and are not enrolled in any educational program.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that high school graduates can earn on average $8,000 more per year than those without such a degree.
  • Over the course of a lifetime, those with a high school degree are expected to earn more than 30% more than their peers without a diploma
  • The military allows the HSE completers but may require higher scores on aptitude test for HSE holders.


July 1, 2014 the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technical Education (OKCTE) became the educational body in charge of Adult Basic Education (ABE), included in those programs are High School Equivalency and English as a Second Language (ESL).

Great Plains Technology Center started the ABE program for adult learners in the Fall of 2014. The program was formerly held at Lawton Public Schools.


The ABE office is located in the south wing of building 100, and classes are held in several classrooms across the Great Plains campus.

All classes are free, but space is limited, so students must apply in the ABE office to be placed on a waiting list. The application process does include a pre-test to determine student placement.


Currently GPTC offers two different High School Equivalent tests – the GED and the HiSET. All HSE tests cover basic High School curriculum in 5 subject areas. Test fees range from $77 for the HiSET to $136 for the GED. We hope to add a third testing option (TASC) for HSE testing later this year.  For more information about testing, please call the ABE office.