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Adult Literacy ABE | GED®

The dream of earning your Maryland high school diploma is within reach! Our supportive teachers and volunteers meet you where you are and work with you to achieve your goals—all at your own pace. Once you see what you can accomplish, the world is open to you. 

Adult Literacy classes increase both employability and self-confidence. Harford provides a supportive environment that allows you to brush up on basic learning skills and prepare for the GED® exam.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Classes

These classes are FREE and meet mornings OR evenings two times a week for nine weeks and provide both individual and group instruction. The class covers:

  • Reading skills for the beginning reader
  • Basic math skills
  • Skills for everyday living

PreGED® Classes

These classes cover intermediate math, science, social studies, reading, and writing skills. Students must have qualifying scores on assessments and are required to purchase books and class materials.

GED® Test Preparation Classes

Harford Community College's GED® Test Prep classes review skills needed to sit for the GED® exam and earn a Maryland high school diploma. Classes meet once a week for nine weeks, are offered in the mornings OR evenings, and cover advanced math, science, social studies, reading, and writing, computer, and test-taking skills

Eligible students must have qualifying scores on assessments. Tuition, fees, and books for GED® Preparation are the responsibility of the student. Classes are eligible for VA education benefits and scholarships, senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers are available.

Once you complete the GED® Test Preparation classes, schedule a time to sit for the computerized GED® exam at Harford Community College's Pearson Vue Test Center, located in Edgewood Hall. 

The classes weren’t as hard as I thought they were going to be. The teachers I had were awesome. It really helps if you want to be here. I was able to get a scholarship to help pay for my GED® classes. I am grateful for everything.
Kelly W. • Student

Get Started Today

Adults must be 18 or older and officially withdrawn from school to enroll in ABE  | GED® classes.  Attendance in all classes is mandatory and participants have online learning requirements.

All students must register to attend a free, online pre-orientation session. These sessions are held throughout the year and placement is on a first-come, first-served basis.

During the pre-orientation session students will:

  • receive information about reading, writing, math, and program expectations.
  • learn about GED® preparation classes.
  • schedule a reading and math assessment.
  • speak privately with an advisor about their academic skills, educational and career goals.
  • sign up for classes.
  • learn about face-to-face and virtual options.
[Adult Basic Education] helped me open my mind to be willing to risk being in school again. My self-esteem has increased and I really don’t stress out about school anymore. I have the courage to apply myself and learn things I couldn't learn before. I now believe I can really achieve anything I put my mind to.
Jamie A. • Student


TO REGISTER for the next available session:
CONTACT: Beth Johnson
443.412.2616 or

Students are required to attend an advising session for intake and assessment, an online classroom etiquette workshop, and online MS TEAMS  training.