Adult Basic Education


The Adult Education Department of the First Coast Technical College offers engaging, flexible, and enriching curriculums designed to accommodate differentiating student learning styles. Our mature instructional staff has a proven record of success; each instructor has the academic skills and tools to cultivate your educational future.  Why wait? Your future begins now with First Technical College. Grab a friend stop by and register for one of our innovating classes:

  • GED Success 16 hours of GED strategies
  • GED Academy 4 weeks of getting back to the books
  • High School Completion this program is designed for students of all ages
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Our students use our programs to earn a high school diploma, increase job skills, and to qualify for various vocational programs offered through FCTC.


GED Testing Service® is releasing a new version of the GED® Test on January 1, 2014. Individuals who have tested on the current 2002 GED® Test Series must complete the exam series by December 2013. Scores from the 2002 Series Will Not be combined with scores for the new assessment. Candidates who do not complete the current series will have to meet the requirements of the new test, starting January 1, 2014. Paper based tests will not be offered after January 1, 2014.   If you need to schedule a test, contact FCTC @ 904-547-3434.

Starting December 3, 2013, the GED exam will be offered online.  Paper based testing is still available through the month of December only.  Effective January 1, 2014, all GED testing will be online.

Sign up today to take your 2002 series GED in FCTC’s state of the art computer test lab!  To register call 1-877-392-6433 and provide site ID 69577.

►ATTENTION GED® test-takers: Adults who take the GED® test on computer are scoring higher and finishing faster. In fact, 88% of people passed the GED® test on computer compared to 71% for those who tested on paper. GED Testing Service® is so confident you’ll do well that if you don’t pass your first GED® test subject on computer, GED Testing Service® will pay for your second shot! It’s that simple. You pass or they pay. Visit to learn more.

GED Access the GED paper-based testing schedule at: GED Schedule

To register by phone call 1-877-EXAM-GED (1-877-392-6433)

Or to access the computer-based GED testing schedule at:

First Coast Technical College can help you determine if you are ready for the GED exam. Our Assessment Department can administer the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) to help you decide if you are ready.

To register for the Paper-based GED test, you must come to the Adult Education Department office in Building B at the First Coast Technical College Main Campus. FCTC is located at 2980 Collins Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084. The cost is $70.00 for the entire battery of five tests ($14 for each sub-test) and MUST be paid at the time of application. Applications without payment will NOT be accepted.

Starting in September 2013, we will offer the Computer-based GED as in addition to Paper-based testing. The cost is $130.00. ($26.00 for each sub-test) Apply by calling 1-877-EXAM-GED (1-877-392-6433) or clicking on the link to GEDTS® above.

Special accommodations, such as extra time to take the test, may be graded to persons with physical disabilities, SLD, ADHD or other disabilities. Applications assistance is available by contacting the GED Chief Examiner @ 904-547-3390. Application approval can take 30-60 days.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

ESOLAs technology brings us closer, First Coast Technical College helps to bridge the gap between non-native speaking and English speakers by offering classes for adults who need to learn English for business, work, life, and school.  Instruction includes traditional methods along with computer software for grammar, pronunciation, listening, writing, speaking, workplace readiness, and life skills.