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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
  • 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 academic and career ready skills.

    Spring 2020: January 13 through May 21

    Spring 2020 registration will be held most Tuesdays from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.
    Call (217) 735-1731 to reserve your spot! 

    Regular and full class attendance is required. 

    Spring 2020 Registration & Orientation Dates:

    January 28
    February 5*
    February 18
    March 17
    March 24
    March 31


  • 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:

    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!

    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. 


Monday - Thursday: 8am to 8pm

Friday: 8am to 4:30pm

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