GED 1FCTC offers engaging, flexible, and enriching programs designed to accommodate different learning styles. Our instructional staff has a proven record of success. Each instructor has the academic skills and tools to help you achieve your educational goals.

With self-paced learning, quality instruction, and a variety of schedules available, FCTC will ensure your success. If you make the commitment to attend regularly, we will help you proceed through your courses at a steady & comfortable pace.

First Coast Technical College can help you determine if you are ready for the GED exam. Our Assessment Department administers the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) to help evaluate if you are ready for the exam. The TABE assessment measures your comprehension levels in each subject. The results of your assessment will determine what areas you should brush up on before attempting the GED exam.

Students are welcome to search online for samples of the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) to become familiar with the type of questions in the TABE. It is a good idea to set a timer when you are practicing so you get used to taking a timed assessment.

 If you have general questions for the GED Program, call 904.547.3434 or email [email protected]. (If you would like to reach a particular person in the Adult Education Department, our personnel contact list is at the bottom of this page.)

The first step toward the GED is to enroll in Smart Start, which is a two-day session:

  • Orientation to FCTC, time management, & goal setting.
  • Take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Assessment.


  • Complete the application for new students in Focus. Go to: Please be sure that you’re in the “Application for New Students”. In the password field, put fctc.
  • Contact Registration at 904-547-3381 or 904-547-3383 in St. Augustine; 386-326-9000 in Palatka. Sessions are limited to 15 students for the morning sessions; 10 students for the afternoon & evening sessions. Schedule your date & time as soon as possible! The $25 Registration fee is due when you schedule Smart Start.
  • Attend the two-hour orientation session on day one.
  • Take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) on day two.
  • Assessment has 24 hours to enter your TABE scores.
  • Adult Education will review your scores & assign your classes.
  • Contact Registration Friday morning or after to register for class & pay tuition.
  • Start class the following Monday.
  • Contact Registration Friday morning or after to register for class & pay tuition. The tuition is $30 per session. There are three sessions per year.







Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) preparation materials are available at:


  • The GED Exam includes four subjects: Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
  • Practice tests cost $6 each = $24.
  • GED Tests are $32 each = $128.


  • Passing score – 145
  • College Ready – 165
  • College Credit – 175


If you want to take the GED on your own, go to to take practice tests and/or sign up. You may select First Coast Technical College as your testing center.


Students must comply with the requirements for the GED age waiver:

  • Students must be between 16 – 18 years old.
  • Submit proof of official withdrawal from high school to the Registration Department.
  • Sign up for Smart Start.
  • Enroll and attend GED Preparatory Class.
  • Pass the 4 GED Ready Exams (score at least 145).
  • Fill out the GED Age Waiver Form, once you complete your course of study & your instructor determines you are ready.

*If you are under 18, the Department of Motor Vehicle may suspend your driver’s license if you do not follow the DMV attendance policies.


Special accommodations, such as extra time to take the test, may be granted to persons with physical disabilities, SLD, ADHD, or other disabilities. If you had an IEP or 504C plan, you may be eligible for accommodations. Please contact FCTC Advising to schedule an appointment to discuss your needs:


If you have questions about assessment, contact FCTC’s Testing Coordinator.


If you are between age 16 – 24, you may be eligible for our Career Navigators Program. Information is available at


Unsure of what Career is right for you? Do you want to find a job that is fulfilling and exciting? FCTC has partnered with Florida Shines so our students can pave their way to a meaningful and rewarding profession. Florida Shines offers a series of questions that help you decide how your interests align with your future. Educational pathways and job outcomes are available, as well as self-assessment tools and a resume builder.

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GED Comp – Language, Math, Science, & Social Studies

For students who score 9.0 or above on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE):

  • 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Monday – Friday
  • 8:00 am – 11:00 am Monday – Friday
  • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Monday – Friday
  • 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Monday – Thursday
  • 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Monday – Thursday

We also offer GED courses online, for students who meet the requirements:

  • Student achieves a valid score on Level D or above on the TABE.
  • Student commits to working online at least 10 hours per week.
  • Student has a computer with internet access in the home.
  • Student has a working phone.
  • Student works well independently.

Live instruction is offered at the St. Augustine Main Campus only. Putnam County students take classes online.


  • Patrick Flahive, Coordinator of Adult Education: [email protected] or 904-547-3430
  • Cindy Stinson, Instructor, GED, Academic Coaching (AAAE), and Adult Basic Education, afternoon class: 904-547-3461 or [email protected]
  • Clifford C. Miller, Instructor, GED, Online: [email protected]
  • Deb Hehn, Instructor, GED and Adult Basic Education, Corrections: [email protected]
  • Richard P. Nekoranik, Instructor, GED, day class: [email protected] or 904-547-3433 
  • Stephan Bartlett, GED and Adult Basic Education, Corrections: [email protected]
  • Susan Brady, Instructor, GED and Adult Basic Education, evening class: 904-547-3433 or [email protected]