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Heartland Community College

GED Testing - High School Equivalency Program

Whether you're wanting to learn Adult Basic Education skills or needing a refresher on the skills required to pass your High School Equivalency (GED), we're here to help you reach your goal. 

To get started in the Adult Education program, you will first need to complete an online Intake Form.  After completed, we will contact you to schedule an in person orientation and placement testing session. 

Have questions before registering for classes? Please email

  • You must complete the online Intake Form before registering for classes. Once it is completed, you'll be contacted to schedule an in-person orientation and placement testing date. Once we know your level, you'll be placed in the appropriate class and be ready to begin!

    Fall 2022 classes will run August 15 - December 8.

    You may register and join classes throughout the semester. 

    Registration Dates:

    • Tuesday, August 2 - 9am to noon
    • Monday, August 8 - noon to 3pm
    • Tuesday, August 9 - 9am to noon
    • Every Tuesday, August 23 - October 25, noon to 3pm

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

  • Classes meet Monday - Thursday, 9-11am (online, including Zoom instruction) or 1-3pm (in person, on campus).  We will accomodate your preference for online or in person class; however, classes are leveled, so placement will be determined after testing.  

    Please see the "Classroom Environment" drop-down for class format. 

  • Classes will be online with Zoom sessions (9-11am) or in person on campus (1-3pm).  Classes meet Monday through Thursday.  

    Your instructor will plan lessons to meet your strengths, weaknesses and goals. Content includes reading, writing, social studies, science, math and academic and career ready skills. 

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

  • Please call for program availability. 

    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 on the Complete and Connect program, 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 through Thursday:
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Contact Us

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

Jennifer Kirby

Director, HCC Lincoln 
Phone: 309-268-8971

Deanne Mott

Associate Director, HCC Lincoln
Advisor, HCC Lincoln 
Phone: 309-268-8973

Val Conrady

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


Program Assistant, HCC Lincoln