Frequently Asked Questions


When do classes start?

Classes run from September-June.  Students can start anytime throughout the year, as long as there is room in the class.


What happens if the class is full?

If the class is already full, we will help you look at the options at the other locations of The Literacy Project or put your name on the waiting list.


How much does it cost?

All of the programs of The Literacy Project are free.


How do I enroll?

Call the classroom nearest to you to schedule an intake appointment.


What should I bring with me to the first appointment?

If you are under 18 years old, bring a parent or guardian with you to the intake appointment.  You'll also need to bring a Letter of Withdrawal from your previous school.


How do I get a Letter of Withdrawal?

Contact the guidance counselor at your previous school to obtain an official letter of withdrawal.


How long will it take me to pass the HiSET or GED?

It depends.  Some students are ready to take the test after just a few months while others study for several years.


Do you offer the GED?

The Literacy Project prepares students to take the high school equivalency exam (either the HISET or the GED),but we don't offer the test ourselves.  When you are ready to take the test, we will help you find the testing center nearest to you.  


Where are the testing centers nearest to us?

Most of the students at The Literacy Project take the test at Greenfield Community College or Holyoke Community College


What's on the GED and the HiSET?

We'll help you understand what's on the test and what you need to do to prepare for it.  If you want more information about either test before you enroll with us, you can visit the website for the GED and the HiSET.  


I took my GED with The Literacy Project a few years ago.  How do I get a copy of my transcript?

Contact the testing center where you took the test for a copy of your transcript.  If you're not sure where you tested, contact the center where you took classes and they can help you find the right office. 


Do you offer computer classes?

The Literacy Project incorporates computer skills into all of our classes, but we do not have separate classes for basic computer skills. 


Do you teach English?

Many students who take classes at The Literacy Project are learning English as an additional language.  However, students need to be able to carry on a conversation fluently in English before they enroll in our classes.  Local programs such as the Center for New Americans and the International Language Institute are good options for beginning English instruction. 


Do you offer individual tutoring?

Classes at The Literacy Project are small, and volunteer tutors provide individual assistance during classes.  However, we do not provide one-on-one tutoring outside of class time.