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
You will be placed into either a 9-11AM or 1-3PM class time.
Classes will meet Monday through Thursday. Classes include basic skills instruction, High School Equivalency preparation and workforce skills training.
Fall 2019: July 22 through December 6
Registrations will be on most Tuesdays from noon to 4PM. Dates are posted below. Please call to choose a registration date and have your name placed on a roster.
• August 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
• September 3rd, 10th, 17th
• October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
Registration dates are available throughout the semester.
Regular and full class attendance is required.
- Classes are paid for by state and federal grants. You pay nothing.
Your instructor will get to know you, your strengths, weaknesses and goals which will help them plan lessons to meet your needs.
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:
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 http://ged.com/
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!
Call (217) 735-1731 to reserve your spot for orientation.
How do I register?
Registrations will take place weekly. To be notified when the registration is open and to choose a date/time, please call, email or come into the campus to have your name added to the list to be contacted. Letters will be mailed to those on our list with instructions for 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. Currently, we proctor the exams on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a test session open in the mornings (8AM-noon) and an afternoon test session (2PM-5PM). Pearson Vue, the exam sponsor, does not allow same-day scheduling, so you will want to register prior to your test date.