About Arlington Reads

In Arlington Reads’ efforts to improve the quality of life in Arlington and surrounding communities, the library offers one-on-one and small group classes to help adults improve their reading and writing skills. Classes are catered to student needs, and our students have a wide array of needs and backgrounds. No matter what your goal or dream is, Arlington Reads is here to help!

There is no registration or fee for adult basic education classes.

Classes are based on volunteer availability. Call 817-459-6900 for more information or to set up an appointment.

 

Community Partners

  • Tarrant Literacy Coalition
    Their mission is to improve the quality and increase the number of adult literacy programs through collaboration with organized adult literacy providers
  • Tarrant County Adult Education and Literacy Consortium
    The TCAELC is a collaboration between the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, Fort Worth ISD (FWISD), Tarrant County College District (TCCD), Arlington ISD (AISD), Birdville ISD (BISD), Tarrant Literacy Coalition, The Learning Center of North Texas, Region XI, DARS, and various Tarrant County Civic, Religious, and Community partners to provide educational and career opportunities for adults (18 years of age or older) in Tarrant County that may be struggling due to limited education.

  • The Learning Center of North Texas
    Their mission is to provide practical, accessible, and affordable resources to increase the success of individuals with learning differences and disabilities.

  • ProLiteracy
    At ProLiteracy they believe that a safer, stronger, and more sustainable society starts with an educated adult population. For more than 50 years, ProLiteracy has been working with passionate people and organizations across the globe to build that society—and to create a world where every person can read and write.

Upcoming Events

You can find a full list of all upcoming classes and events by visiting our calendar.

Earn Your Diploma

Adult Education Graduates

Are you hoping to get a better job or go to college? Arlington Reads can help with our high school equivalency classes. 

There are three high school equivalency tests offered in the state of Texas: GED, HiSET, and TASC. Passing all of the prescribed requirements for any of the three tests will result in the test-taker receiving a high school equivalency diploma. Each of the tests are different and have unique features. Anyone has the option of choosing the test that is right for them.

Earning a high school equivalency credential shows that you have high-school-level academic skills. These diplomas can help open the door to a new job or career, and higher levels of education.

Our small group classes cover the five subjects that appear on HSE tests (like the GED or the HiSET): Math, Social Studies, Science, Writing, Reading.

Students will take a test to determine which subjects they may be fuzzy on and need to study.

Classes are split into four different day and time combinations:

  • Monday & Wednesday mornings 
  • Monday & Wednesday evenings
  • Tuesday & Thursday morning
  • Tuesday & Thursday evening
  • Wednesday & Friday evenings (non-traditional semesters)

Classes are offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer. All subjects will be covered in both 3-hour classes each week. Register for the class that best fits your availability. All classes are taught by the same teachers so signing up for multiple classes is not necessary.

Contact Arlington Reads at 817-459-6900 for any questions. 

Start Right Away

Need HSE classes right away? Call the Tarrant County Adult Education call center at (817) 402-7555.

Interested in online practice tests from the comfort of your home? Try LearningExpress.

Taking an HSE Test

Arlington Public Library does not offer or proctor any official HSE test. You must schedule your testing date. All official testing center locations are listed on the test’s respective website. All tests are given by appointment only at the time, date, and location scheduled through the testing websites.

Cost

Each test uses a different fee schedule. The below price includes state fees and site costs:

  • HiSET fees: $25 for each of five parts of the test. Total without retests: $125

  • GED fees:  $36.25 for each of four parts of the test. Total without retests: $145

  • TASC fees: $24.80 for each part. Total without retests: $124 

Study on Your Own

If our HSE Study Classes are full, or you just want to study on your own, the library has books available for check-out. We also offer free online resources. Search the library catalog or log into Learning Express with your library card. Learning Expresscontains online, interactive tutorials. Learn about the new test format, take practice tests, and build the skills you need to succeed.

Helpful Study Websites

Khan Academy: GED Online Prep lessons

ChompChomp: Fun grammar activities

GCLearnFree: Goodwill Community Foundation offers online lessons in reading, math and technology use

Hippocampus: Hippo Campus offers science, history and math lessons

PBS Learning Media: Searchable video lessons from PBS

The HiSET, GED, and TASC Tests
 
What is the HiSET?

The HiSET® (the High School Equivalency Test) exam is a high school equivalency testing program that will help you take the next step toward a college degree or a rewarding career. Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Iowa Testing Programs created the HiSET program to provide you with a more affordable, more accessible alternative to other high school equivalency tests. You can earn the credentials you need to continue your education or to succeed in the workplace.

  • More flexible.
    The HiSET program is available in English or Spanish and in paper-based and computer-based format; the computer-based exams feature a test-taker-friendly design. The program also provides a number of accommodations for test takers with disabilities and health-related needs. Please check with your local test center for availability.
  • More accessible.
    You can take the HiSET exam at any of your state’s or jurisdiction’s existing test centers, so you can choose the one that’s most convenient for you. The staff at your test center can help you devise the best testing plan to fit your needs.
  • More affordable.
    Not only does the HiSET exam cost less than other tests, but you get more for your money — including free practice tests to help you prepare as well as two retests* within a 12-month period of your original purchase when you buy the full battery of HiSET tests in one purchase. The full battery refers to the purchase of all five subtests at one time.
 
What is the GED?

GED test was revised in 2014.

The GED (General Educational Development) is a high school equivalency assessment that the state of Texas recognizes as an alternative to a high school diploma.

Major changes:

There are now four separate tests to pass: Mathematical Reasoning, Reasoning through Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. Individuals must pass all four sections in order to receive the GED high school equivalency.

 

What is the TASC?

TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ is a state-of-the-art and affordable national high school equivalency assessment. It assesses five subject areas including Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. It measures examinees’ levels of achievement relative to those of graduating high school seniors, as outlined by the College and Career Readiness standards.

Three forms of TASC test will be available each year in English and Spanish, both online and in paper-and-pencil format. Large print, Braille, and audio formats are available. TASC test provides a transitional approach to the new standards by gradually introducing new innovative test item types and increasing rigor over three years.

TASC test leverages high-stakes secure online platform currently used by TABE® Online customers. TASC test offers an optional online registration and scheduling website.

ESL Classes

Do you want to learn or improve your English? Arlington Reads can help! From getting a better job to being able to communicate with your children’s teacher, passing the citizenship test to attending college and beyond, learning English is a valuable skill. Our small group classes are offered at all levels, whether you are just starting to learn the language or wanting to perfect your knowledge. These classes are offered on a semester basis, in the spring, summer, and fall, and are offered in the mornings and evenings. Placement will be determined based on an assessment, and student availability. 

Upcoming Classes

Find out more about our next availability or register for a class here.

Need classes right away? Call the Tarrant County Adult Education call center at (817) 402-7555.

English Language Learner's Book Club

Whether you are in an ESL class and looking for more practice, waiting for the next semester of classes to begin, or looking to continue building fluency, the ESL Book Club is a great place to gather with friends to read and discuss great books. In these groups, participants take turns reading aloud from interesting works and having conversations about them. With the guidance of the Club host, participants will develop vocabulary, work on pronunciation, and have a great time all-around!

Past Clubs have included The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo, Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, and selections from the Cornerstones of Freedom history series.

In April and May, participants will be reading The Head of the Saint by Socorro Acioli.

English Conversation Circles

Practice speaking with other students and native English speakers to improve your conversation skills, or sit in and listen to conversations to enhance your understanding. Anyone of any experience level may practice speaking English in a relaxed, social environment. This is a great way to practice English while waiting for classes to start, or complement what you are currently learning in classes. We encourage you to come to as many conversation circles as you can.

You may come at any time to as many sessions as you want and you can bring a friend. No registration necessary!

Click here to see all times and locations.

Citizenship

Do you want to become a citizen of the United States? Arlington Reads is bringing back citizenship classes to help you achieve your dream!

This nine-week course has classes available on both weekday evenings and Saturday mornings and prepares students to pass the citizenship test. Students will learn civics, United States history, and tips on the test format itself. All supplies are included. Citizenship classes are offered for students working towards their dream of becoming American citizens.

Like all adult education offered through Arlington Reads and the Arlington Public Library, citizenship classes are free. Call Arlington Reads at 817-459-6900, or check our events calendar to register for a class.

We hope you will join us!

 


Arlington Reads is the Arlington Public Library’s adult literacy initiative. In addition to citizenship classes, the library offers High School Equivalency (GED) preparation and English as a Second Language classes. Contact Arlington Reads at (817) 460-2727 for details.
Upcoming Classes

Visit our calendar to learn more or register for a class online