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Heartland Community College

Adult Education - High School Equivalency (GED)

Whether you want 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. 

  • To get started in the AE program, you will first need to complete an online enrollment form, which will be available June 1. After completed, you may contact 217-735-1731 to be added to the waitlist for an in person placement testing session. Placement testing for Fall 2024 will start in July.  


    Fall 2024 classes

    Classes will start August 2024. 

    You may register and join classes throughout the semester.


  • In-person classes:

    Monday and Thursdays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (in classroom)
    Wednesdays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (online workshop)

    Monday and Tuesdays, 5:30 - 8:30 pm. (in classroom)
    Wednesdays, 5:30 - 9:00 pm (online workshop)

    Online classes:

    Class days and times vary. Your schedule will be determined after placement testing. 


  • 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 exam, or to schedule a test, please visit

  • 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. 

    How do I get my GED scores?

    Approximately two hours after you've completed testing, your scores will be posted under your profile on the site. 

    If you need results from past testing, call the Regional Office of Education from the county in which you tested. 

    Logan County testers: ROE #17, (309) 888-5120

    Sangamon County testers: ROE #51, (217) 753-6620

Hours of Operation

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

Testing Center Hours

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

Kelsi Edwards

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

Karen Martinez

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