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High School Equivalency Program

Whether you're just wanting to learn Adult Basic Education skills or need a refresher on the skills you need to pass your High School Equivalency (GED), this program could be a great option for you. 


Our registration process has changed. In order to participate in the Adult Education program, you will first need to complete an online orientation.

Online orientation will give you a better understanding of the Adult Education/ HSE program and resources we offer.  Once the orientation is completed, you will be able to sign up for placement testing and register for classes.

Have questions before registering for classes? Please email

  • The next spring 2021 class session begins March 1.  All classes will be in an online format which will include at least two Zoom sessions per week. Internet access and a device that can connect will be required to successfully take these classes. You must do the online orientation before you can complete testing and register for class.

    Please call 217-735-1731 and leave your name and number or email to be contacted for future registration dates, class information or additional questions you may have. 

    Please see the "Get Started" drop-down below for sign up dates. 

  • Classes are paid for by state and federal grants.  You pay nothing.
  • At this time, classes are hosted in an online learning environment.  Classes will meet (usually at a specific meeting time each day) using Zoom.  Students will need to use video or a microphone and/or speakers to participate in these meetings. 

    Your studies will include reading, writing, social studies, science, math and academic and career ready skills. 

    We will also help you prepare for the U.S. and Illinois Constitution exam, which is required for the High School Equivalency Certificate. If you passed the constitution exam in high school, you do not need to retake it. 

  • The GED is an online high school equivalency exam that measures your knowledge in the following areas:

    Test Section 



    Reasoning through Language Arts 150 minutes $30
    Mathematical Reasoning  115 minutes $30
    Science  90 minutes $30
    Social Studies  70 minutes $30 

    Our campus is an authorized testing site for the exam.
    For more information about the GED test, please visit

  • You'll need to finish the online orientation, then take reading and math assessments. Once we know your level, you'll be placed in the appropriate class and be ready to begin!

    Spring 2021 Registration Dates:
    Monday, February 22 - Noon to 3PM
    Tuesday, February 23 - Noon to 3PM
    Monday, March 29 - Noon to 3PM
    Tuesday, March 30 - Noon to 3PM 

    Email or call (217) 735-1731 and leave a message to reserve your spot for a testing date. 

    *Masks are required at testing and while on HCC campuses.  

  • Lincoln provides students with the opportunity to earn their high school equivalency while having access to work and a mentor, obtaining incentives for goal completions, and participating in special programs and activities.  For more information, please contact Val, the Adult Education coordinator: or call (217)735-1731.
  • Is there an age requirement to take the class and exam?

    You must be 17 years of age to take the GED test. 

    Students must be 16 or older to attend classes.  However, any student under 18 years of age will have to provide a high school release before attending class. 

    Can I take other classes at Heartland while preparing for the HSE exam?

    Yes, but you may not be eligible to receive financial aid without the HSE certificate. 

    Are these preparation classes required to take the GED?

    No, but we recommend you do. The GED is lengthy and difficult and most people need some preparation in order to successfully pass the sections. 

    Can I take the exam in Lincoln?

    Yes, the Heartland Lincoln campus is an authorized proctored site.  When you register on the GED website, you can choose this location for your test center and it will pull up available testing times.  Pearson Vue, the exam sponsor, does not allow same-day scheduling, so you will want to register prior to your test date. Create your account on 

    Don't see a test date available?  Email to arrange a testing appointment. 


Monday & Friday: By Appointment
Tuesday: 8AM to 8PM
Wednesday: 9AM to 1PM
Thursday: 12:30PM to 8:30PM

Contact Us

HCC Lincoln
2201 Woodlawn Rd.
Lincoln, IL 62656
Phone: 217-735-1731
Fax: 217-735-1352

Kristi Powell

Director, HCC Lincoln 
Phone: 309-268-8973

Jennifer Kirby

Associate Director, HCC Lincoln
Advisor, HCC Lincoln 
Phone: 309-268-8971

Val Conrady

Coordinator of Adult Education,
HCC Lincoln
Phone: 309-268-8975

Kelsi Edwards

Program Assistant, HCC Lincoln 
Phone: 309-268-8974