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GED High School Equivalency Program

Adult Education helps you:

  • Improve basic skills in reading, writing, math and problem solving
  • Prepare for the GED or other high school equivalency exams 
  • Achieve success with your academic and career goals
  • Classes for fall will begin August 17.  All classes will be in an online format which will include at least two Zoom sessions per week. 

    Please call 217-735-1731 or email and leave your name and number to be contacted for future registration dates and class information. 

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

  • Classes are paid for by state and federal grants.  You pay nothing.
  • 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 

    For more information about the GED test, please visit

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

    Fall 2020 Registration Dates:
    Tuesday, September 15 - Noon to 3PM
    Tuesday, October 13 - Noon to 3PM

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

    *Masks are required at registration 

  • 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 a registered 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. 

    At this time, GED exams are available only on Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Mondays and Wednesdays: 8am to 4:30pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8am to 8pm
Fridays: Closed-Zoom by Appointment 

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