Classes to help adults improve their basic skills in reading and math are available during the day and evening hours, Monday through Thursday. All classes are free of charge and are designed to meet the individual needs of those who are seeking to improve their math or reading skills. Placement tests are used to determine the most appropriate level of instruction for each adult learner. All work is individualized and the students are able to work at their own pace, in a comfortable and non-threatening atmosphere.
Computer-assisted instruction is also available under the guidance of certified adult education instructors. User-friendly computer programs provide additional practice and supplemental support for our adult students.
The counselor assists each student in determining an appropriate plan of instruction, based upon the scores from the initial assessment, as well as the personal goals and objectives of the individual.
UPDATE AUGUST 2014: The GED exam and classes are still FREE at the Fort Smith Adult Education Center. The new GED 2014 exam is computer-based and will required some basic computer skills. The new test has four parts instead of five: Reasoning through Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Math. Scoring for the new test has also changed: to pass the new GED 2014, students must score 150 out of 200 in each area, and have a 600 overall (out of 800 possible points). The test is computer scored, so unofficial scores will be available immediately after testing.
The new test will require students to sign up at GED.com and take and pass official practice tests ("GED Ready") before taking the official test. We will have a FREE official practice test for Adult Education students, so don't pay the $6 for the online "GED Ready" test- check with us first! For the 2002 GED series, Arkansas law required students to pass all of the practice tests before taking any of the official GED exams. With the new GED 2014, students can take and pass one area at a time. For example: a student can study math, take and pass the math "GED Ready" test, and then take the official GED Math test before moving onto science and the other subjects.
Once a student has passed the GED Ready test, they may sign up for the official GED test. The official test must be taken in person at an authorized center- it is not an "online" test- it is "computer-based". The Fort Smith Adult Education Center is an authorized Pearson Vue Testing Center, and we will offer official GED testing here beginning in mid-January (by appointment only).The Arkansas Department of Career Education is charging $16 for the official tests, instead of the full $120. However, we are offering offer "vouchers" to cover the costs to students who qualify. Remember- the Fort Smith Adult Education Center is here to provide instruction and testing for our students to prepare them for college and careers. We are ready to help you pass the new GED 2014. AND IT IS STILL FREE!
Details about the new GED 2014 test here.
This class is provided for a nominal fee to cover the textbook, audio tapes, and classroom instruction. The class meets two days per week, two hours per class, for five weeks.
The class emphasizes conversational Spanish skills. The instructor is willing to customize the class according to the needs of the individual participants. For example, if the students need industrial vocabulary, the instructor will develop a curriculum to address industrial vocabulary needs. 2014-2015 Schedule here.
The business and computer classes at the Adult Education Center are designed with the adult learner in mind. All classes are taught using a hands-on approach. Each class is designed to be enjoyable and stress free. The MS Office courses are $80 and include a USB Flash drive, textbook, and class instruction. Our FREE classes include Microsoft IT certification, Digital Literacy, Social Networking, Google Apps for Teachers, and Technology for Career Success. Fall 2014 schedule here.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Classes in English as a Second Language are designed for persons over the age of 18 whose native language is not English. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced coursework, as well as U.S. citizenship preparation is provided. Placement tests are used to determine the appropriate level of instruction for each student.
The ESL classes emphasize survival English in the American society, particularly in the workplace. Computer-assisted instruction is also available for additional practice and review. All staff are certified and experienced teachers of ESL.
Classes are available Monday through Thursday, day and evening, with open entry/open exit. There is no charge for classes, but books must be purchased. Only a picture ID is required to enroll in classes.
Our multicultural classes include students from countries all over the world. Informal class instruction allows students to focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing in English in a relaxed and non-threatening environment. Students have the opportunity to make new friends while studying English.