High School Equivalency (HSE/GED)

If you are interested in Adult Basic Education classes, complete the inquiry form to start the process, and we will contact you with details. Questions? Call 847-214-6904 or email ABECRegistration@elgin.edu.

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Elgin Community College is a community partner and offers high school equivalency (HSE/GED®) preparatory classes, ESL classes, and transition services for community members. Many of our students also take advantage of ECC’s workforce development services.

ABE & ASE Class Offerings


  • Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes: These classes provide instruction in reading, math, and writing and help students to improve their basic skills so that they can qualify for ASE (HSE/GED®) level classes. These classes are offered in English only. Classes are available Monday-Thursday in the mornings and evenings. Both in-person and online options are available.
  • Adult Secondary Education (ASE) classes: These classes help students to prepare for the GED® high school equivalency exam. They provide instruction in language arts, math, social studies, and science. They also help students to prepare for the state Constitution requirement. These classes are offered in English and Spanish. English class offerings are available Monday-Thursday in the mornings and evenings, both in-person and online. Spanish class offerings are available Friday evenings and Saturday mornings in person and Monday-Thursday in the evenings online.

ECC offers a fully online self-paced high school equivalency preparation course for students who place into ASE-level classes. This course is offered in English only.

Pre-Testing

Before you can get started with classes to complete high school equivalency (HSE) in Illinois, you’ll take a pre-test that assesses your basic skills in reading and math. This pre-test helps to determine appropriate placement and success in classes. You will need to register for the pre-test. For information on how to register for the pre-test, please go to the testing services/adult basic page. All ABE/ASE classes are free of charge. Students attending ECC on certain types of visas are not permitted to enroll in the free adult education program. You cannot be currently enrolled in high school to qualify for ABE or ASE classes.

All ABE/ASE classes are free of charge. Students attending ECC on certain types of visas are not permitted to enroll in the free adult education program. You cannot be currently enrolled in high school to qualify for ABE or ASE classes.

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Online Registration


Please fill out our inquiry form to receive more information about how to register for ABE/ASE classes.

Email ABECRegistration@elgin.edu or call 847-214-6904 for more information.

Inquiry Form


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Approximately $612,638 (36%) of the Illinois Adult Education and Literacy Program cost at Elgin Community College is federally funded under Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.