Aspire - High School Equivalency - ESOL

  • The Aspire program offers free ESOL, High School Equivalency(GED, HiSET, TASC), postsecondary preparation and career training for adult learners at many different locations throughout Columbus. Morning, afternoon and evening schedules are available. Distance Education classes are available as an option for those that cannot attend classes.


    How do I enroll in classes?

    All adults wishing to attend Aspire classes must attend orientation.

    Please refer to the appropriate orientation schedules below if you wish to enroll in High School Equivalency, Adult Diploma Program or pre-college classes.
    Please note: The phone number for Aspire information has changed. The new number is 380.997.7633.

    High School Equivalency Orientations



    Please refer to the appropriate ESOL Orientation schedule below if you wish to enroll in adult English classes.
    The phone number for ESOL information is 380.997.0900.

    ESOL Orientations

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    Advanced ESOL classes

    Note: You may not take classes if

    • You have an F-1 Visa.
    • You are enrolled in high school.

    Official High School Equivalency Tests

    Ohio recognizes the GED, HiSET and TASC examinations as being the equivalent of a high school diploma.  Like a regular high school diploma, passing scores on any of these tests enables the holder the opportunity to obtain employment, apply for career advancement, pursue higher education goals, or to reach a personal goal.

    You must be at least 19 years of age in order to take the GED test.

    The fee for the test is $120. When applying for the test ( you can request a one-time $80 voucher to lower the cost to $40.

    The Official GED® Test is administered at PearsonVue Testing Centers. All GED® testing is done by appointment only. Appointments are made on-line after completing an on-line registration at


    Adult Diploma Program

    Are you 22 or older without a high school diploma? See how you can earn your diploma and an industry certificate  - all at no cost to you! Click here to learn more.


    English for Speakers of Other Languages

    ESOL classes are FREE and open to everyone who needs help learning English (F-1 visa holders may not attend classes)

    English is taught at many levels from beginning to advanced.

    Classes include listening, speaking, reading, writing, and basic citizenship.

    Classes are taught at a variety of locations throughout the city.

    GED classes are also available for ESOL students.