This post lists all GED prep locations and test centers in the Elgin region. Illinois is offering two possibilities for high school equivalency testing: the GED and HiSET exams.
Both tests are offered both online and at state-approved test centers. Learn more about online HiSET and GED testing below.
The exams offer persons who never graduated high school one more shot at earning an equivalent diploma. Both tests measure elementary knowledge and skills at a level comparable to that of graduating high school students.
The GED® exam is fully computerized, while the HiSET® comes with paper-based and computer-formatted versions.
The GED has four separate subtests in
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
You may write these sub-exams one or more at a time and in your desired order.
The HiSET has individual writing and reading tests, so five overall, that can be taken separately, too.
In Illinois, students must additionally pass a Constitution test to receive their High School Diploma.
Illinois reduced the cost of GED testing; the GED or HiSET diploma is now called an Illinois high school diploma.
To learn more about Illinois GED qualification criteria, passing scores, or testing fees, check out this page: GED in Illinois.
Elgin GED Prep Classes
Elgin Community College (Adult Basic Education Center)
B 1700 Spartan Drive, Building K, Room K100, Elgin, IL 60123, Phone: 847-214-6904
Adult Basic Education classes are pre-college level courses developed to help applicants who did not complete their high school education.
Applicants must be at least 16 years old and not be signed up for high school. Students who complete an ABE class and pass the High School Equivalency (HSE) exam receive free in-district tuition to be used for a 3-credit hour class. GED classes are held on the school’s campus in Building K and at various satellite locations. Classes are offered in English and Spanish and are free of charge.
Elgin Housing Authority YouthBuild Program
130 S State Street, Elgin, IL 60123, Phone: 847-742-3853
220 E Chicago Street, Elgin, IL 60120, Phone: 847-742-7930
NOT a GED program, but the Elgin YWCA offers ESL (English as a Second Language) classes to adults who want to improve their command of the English Language.
Locations around Elgin (Cities by Alphabet)
1640 S Randall Road, Algonquin, IL 60102, Phone: 224-333-1602
Arlington Heights Adult Education
2121 S Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005, Phone: 847-718-7953
See all Arlington Heights region GED prep options <- here
Waubonsee Comm. Coll. Fox Valley GED Classes
2060 Ogden Avenue, Aurora, Illinois 60504, Phone: 630.966.4600
For all Aurora locations, visit Aurora AreaGED Courses
Bloomingdale Library (Coll. of DuPage)
101 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale, IL 60108, Phone: 630.942.3697
McHenry County College (Classes offered in English and Spanish)
8900 US Highway 14, Crystal Lake, IL 60012, Phone: 815-455-8752
MCC also offers students the opportunity to earn a certificate via the school’s I-CAPS program. The program is perfect for talented and committed GED students. During the I-CAPS program, you can combine regular GED instruction (math, literacy, and basic skills) with a study course in your favorite field. This way, you can get a career faster, or you can enroll in MCC’s graduate programs and become a successful college student.
The school’s Financial Aid and Veteran Services office can assist you to see if you qualify for financial support, e.g., WIA (Workforce Investment Act) training, scholarships, a Pell Grant, veteran’s benefits, or some other financial aid. MCC offers GED classes at various times and locations throughout the region. To register for a High School Equivalency prep course at MCC, call 815-455-8752 or visit the school’s Adult Education Department (Building A, Room 362) on Mondays or Thursdays at 9 a.m. or 5 p.m. Spanish is spoken as well.
Kishwaukee College (@Westminster Presbyterian Church)
830 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb, Ilinois 60115, Phone: 815-825-9409/9441
ECC-Education and Work Center
6704 Barrington Road, Hanover Park, IL 60133, Phone: 630-634-7400
21193 Malta Rd, Malta, Ilinois 60150, Ph: 815-825-9409/9441
Sylvan St. Charles
1950 W Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174, Ph: 630-503-6671
Kane County Jail GED Program
37 W 755 IL-38 B, St. Charles, IL 60175, Phone: 630-232-6840
Not available to the public
301 East Irving Park Blvd, Streamwood, IL 60107, Phone: 630-837-0200
You also might want to take a look at more Rockford Area GED Classes
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To read more about reduced GED testing fees and free testing in Illinois, go to <- this page.
Introducing Online GED and HiSET Testing
Until quite recently, taking the HiSET or GED exam online was not possible. It was just not available. To earn a high school equivalency diploma, you were required to appear at one of Illinois’ state-designated test centers.
Well, that has changed! The HiSET and GED exams have introduced online versions as well that use an online proctor. You can read more here: ‘The online GED test,’ and more information about the HiSET exam is found here -> ‘The HiSET-exam-at-home.’
Elgin Area GED Test Centers
Elgin Community College (Testing Center, Room B115, GED)
1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL 60123, Phone: 847-214-7150
The following Cities by Alphabet
Addison Education Center (Coll of DuPage, GED)
301 S Swift Road, Addison, IL 60101, Phone: 630-942-4650
Waubonsee Community College (GED)
5 E Galena Boulevard, Aurora, IL 60506, Phone: 630-466-5700
American Business College HiSET Test Center
1731 N Farnsworth Avenue, Aurora, IL 60506, Phone: 773-417-4900
College of DuPage-Carol Stream Campus (GED or HiSET)
500 Kuhn Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188, Phone: 630-942-4900
McHenry County College (GED)
8900 US Highway 14, Crystal Lake, IL 60012, Phone: 815-455-3700
Kane County Regional Office of Education (GED)
28 N 1st Street, Geneva, IL 60134, Phone: 630-232-5955
College of DuPage (GED and HiSET)
425 Fawell Boulevard, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, Phone: 630-942-.2401
Test Ctr. USA-Chicago (GED Test Center)
555 Waters Edge, Lombard, IL 60148, Phone: 630-785-3136
McHenry County Regional Office of Education (GED)
408 State Route 31, McHenry, IL 60050, Phone: 815-334-4055
Harper College GED Test Center (GED)
1200 W Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067, Phone: 847-925-6541
Harper College (GED Test Center)
1375 S Wolf Road, Prospect Heights, IL 60070, Phone: 847-925.6066
Last Updated on November 26, 2023.