Adult Basic Education &
GED/High School Equivalency
Frequently Asked Questions

When do classes start and how often do they meet?

Classes are offered throughout the year.

Adult Basic Education and GED Class offerings
Fall 2017
July 24 - December 8
No classes September 4 and November 22-24

Various morning and evening schedules are available. Most classes meet three days per week for about three hours each day.

You'll learn more about your schedule options when you come to your registration appointment.

How much do classes cost?
You pay nothing. Classes are paid for through state and federal grants.
How do I get started?

Registration processes are different for each Heartland center. Please contact the appropriate campus for more information.

  • Normal: 309-268-8180
  • Lincoln: 217-735-1731
  • Pontiac: 815-842-6777

At the Normal campus, you must call to make a testing appointment before you can start class.

Testing usually takes two hours. During the testing session, you will complete paperwork, take a placement test and meet with a staff member to discuss your goals.

After testing, you'll need to attend a program orientation before you can begin class.

What are classes like?

Length of class

Once you’re enrolled you may begin attending right away. Attend class as long as you need to prepare for the test. The length of time you need depends on how regularly you attend class and how much work you do while in class.

We’re here to help, but it’s up to you to do the work.

Inside the classroom

Your teacher will get to know you, your strengths, weaknesses and goals and will plan lessons to meet your needs.

Your studies will likely include reading, writing, social studies, science and math.

We can also help you prepare for the U.S. and Illinois Constitution exam, which is required for the High School Equivalency Certificate.


How quickly you complete your program depends on how often you attend class and how hard you work while in class. Therefore, full and regular attendance is expected.

Do I need to take the Constitution test?

To earn your High School Equivalency Certificate in the state of Illinois, you must pass a U.S. and Illinois Constitution exam.

If you passed the exam in high school, call your former high school and request a transcript. If you did not take or pass the exam, we can help you prepare for and take the test.

Contact us if you registered to take the GED but cannot provide proof you passed the U.S. and Illinois Constitution exam.

Do I have to take classes before taking the GED or other high school equivalency exam?

No, but we recommend you do. The GED exam is a long and difficult test. Most people who take the GED need some preparation in order to pass.

Before paying for the exam, you'll want to be sure you can pass all sections. Our free classes give you several assements which provide information how much preparation you need.

Can I take other classes at Heartland while preparing for a high school equivalency exam?
Yes, but you may not be eligible to receive financial aid without a High School Equivalency Certificate.
Can Heartland help me with childcare while I'm in class?

You may call the Child Development Lab on Heartland's campus to learn more about your childcare options. Their number is (309) 268-8210.

Contact Us


Heartland Community College
Student Commons Building, 1000
1500 W. Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761


Heartland Community College
620 Broadway
Lincoln, IL 62656


Heartland Community College
211 E. Madison
Pontiac, IL 61764

Para información en español:  309-268-8185.