• During intake you will be required to fill out paper work that is needed for the program. This is usually the first item in our registration process. Please ensure that you have your state issued ID or drivers license and your social security card for verification if you have one. You can also bring any of these forms of IDs if you do not have a state issued ID, click here. We do not deny students if you do not have the required IDs. You will be bring or fill out the following:

    • Enrollment Form
    • Parent / Guardian Form (ages 16-18)
    • School withdrawal Form (ages 16-18
    • Court Order Form (ages 16)
    • Verify TANF Eligibility
    • Screening Tool (ESL students only)
    • Self Attestation (if applicable) 

    After intake you will either start testing same day as intake or testing will follow the next day or scheduled based on availability. 


  • If you are an ESL student you will be doing two types of tests:

    • BEST Oral Test - This consists of having a conversation with the proctor. Based on the conversation, the program will run algorithms to determine English language proficiency. 
    • BEST LIT Test -  This test is timed and you are only allotted 1 hour. In this test you will be asked questions based on American life and the reading and writing portion of the test which will determine your English reading and writing level.

    If you are an HSE student you will be taking the TABE test. The TABE test is one of the state standard assessments that tests you on Math, Reading, and Language. For each section, you will also be taking an auto locator test which determines what level of test you will take. Please keep in mind that if you get an O/R on a test you will be required to retake that section over at a lower level. 

    If you are a CPW student, you will be taking the Reading TABE test.

    ***All tests are to measure your current level and are NOT pass or fail tests***



  • Orientation takes place after you have successfully finished both intake and testing. During orientation, you will be given the ins and outs of the program as well as other information that will help you to be successful in our program. You will also be expected to go over goals, expectations, and other required information. We will also go over our curriculum which is Burlington English for ESL and Essential Education for HSE.

    In addition, you will be explained what progress testing is as well as what are our expectations are for testing. This process is usually done in 3 days and you can start classes the following week.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I just go to classes whenever I want?

  • Can I test and take classes remotely on a mobile device?

  • Do I have to take a test to start class?

  • Do you administer the High School Equivalency tests?

  • Do you offer classes online?

  • How can I contact NTAEL?

  • How can I start classes with North Texas Adult Education & Literacy?

  • How much do services cost?

  • What am I being tested on in the test?

  • What can I expect in the classroom?

  • What if I don't live in the area you serve? I live in Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, etc...

  • What is HSE and what is ESL?

  • When can I start classes?

  • Where are the classes you offer?

Preguntas Frecuentes

  • ¿Dónde están las clases que ofrecen?

  • ¿Cuánto dura la clase?

  • ¿Cuándo tengo que registrarme?

  • ¿Dónde está ubicada su oficina?/ ¿Dónde puedo registrarme?

  • ¿Cuánto tiempo me va a llevar terminar el programa?

  • ¿Qué necesito llevar al registro?

  • ¿Ofrecen clases en línea?

  • ¿Puedo probar y tomar clases de forma remota en un dispositivo móvil?

  • ¿Cuándo puedo empezar las clases?

  • ¿Tengo que tomar un examen para comenzar la clase?

  • ¿Qué pasa si no vivo en el área a la que sirven? Vivo en Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, etc...

Progress Testing

  • progress-testing Once you have finished the registration process you will be enrolled and will be going to classes weekly based on your class schedule. During that time, you will be accumulating hours gained from in class instruction as well as from our curriculum as "proxy hours". After you have baselined in testing during the registration process, you will be given a proficiency level based on the assessment algorithm. We will then test you again after a certain number of hours that is required by our program, which is called Progress Testing.

    For ESL students you will be tested at 60 hours on both English oral and literacy. This means that if you did not take the Best Plus LIT the first time, you will be required to take them both at this time to show progress. For HSE students you will be required to progress test with the TABE assessment at 40 hours. You will only be taking the tests based on your baseline level proficiency and you will no longer be taking the locator and practice tests. You will be required to progress and we will reach out to schedule you to come progress test in person or virtually.

    We will progress test you every 40/60 hours so that you can make gains for our required goals, as well as for your personal goals. We will continue to progress test until you exit from the program or have exited testing level.