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GED Testing - High School Equivalency Program

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

In order to particpate in the Adult Education program, you will first need to complete an Online Orientation

Orientation will give you a better understanding of the Adult Education/ HSE program and resources we offer.  Once the orientation is completed, you will be able to sign up for placement testing and register for classes.

Recent executive orders require all students and personnel on campus provide documentation of vaccination, or must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing.  Those not in compliance are subject to appropriate discipline processes.  If you are coming to campus, please review our Standard of Care and Courtesy.

Have questions before registering for classes? Please email

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

    Note: The Online Orientation is unavailable during breaks.  It will reopen closer to fall start dates. 

    Fall 2022 classes will run August 15 - December 8 

    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 will begin the week following testing and registration, usually on Monday. 

  • 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. 

Summer Hours

Monday through Thursday:
8:00 AM - 6:00 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 

Val Conrady

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

Kelsi Edwards

Program Assistant, HCC Lincoln 
Phone: 309-268-8974