Listed in this post are all GED classes and test centers in the Waukegan area. Illinois uses two options for high school equivalency testing: the HiSET and GED exams.
Both exams are offered online and at certified testing facilities. Check below for more details about online GED® and HiSET® testing.
The exams offer people who never graduated high school the opportunity to obtain an equivalent credential.
Testing takes place at a level that compares to that of graduating high school students.
The GED has four subtests that assess proficiency in the academic areas of
- Social Studies
You can write these modules separately and in the order you want.
The HiSET® exam has individual writing and reading subtests, so five overall, which you can also take separately.
The HiSET exam comes in on-paper and on-computer formats, whereas the GED is done exclusively on a computer.
In Illinois, GED applicants must also take and pass the state’s Constitution exam before they can receive their diplomas. The state of Illinois gives regular high school diplomas to successful GED and HiSET test-takers, and the GED is now offered at no cost.
For more HiSET/GED testing information and GED qualification requirements, testing fees, or passing scores, check out the page GED Testing In Illinois.
Waukegan GED Prep Locations
College of Lake County (Lakeshore Campus Adult Education, 2nd Floor)
1 N Genesee Street, 2nd Floor, Waukegan, IL 60085, Phone: 847-543-2485
College of Lake County provides individualized tutoring in reading, writing, and mathematics for adults who have not completed their high school education.
The school offers different levels of adult basic education on various days, so all applicants will be assessed for proper placement. Applicants who are students who return to the school must register and take a placement test if they have been away for over two years. Both the High School Equivalency (HSE) exam and the U.S./Illinois Constitution test are offered in English and Spanish. College of Lake County’s Adult Education office is located at the Northeast corner of Washington Street and Genesee Street.
Waukegan Public Library
128 North County Street, Waukegan, IL 60085, Phone: 847-775-2547
GED classes are also available in Spanish
YouthBuild Waukegan (Youth Conservation Corps)
1020 W Greenwood Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60087, Phone: 847-623-0900
Lake County Literacy Volunteers (@Waukegan Public Library)
128 N County Street, Waukegan, IL 60085, Phone: 847-543-2677 or 847-775-2548
Umma (Urban Muslim Minority Alliance) GED Classes
221 Washington St, Waukegan, IL 60085, Phone: 847-336-6136
Job Center of Lake County (Referral Only)
one North Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL 60085, Phone: 847-377-3450
Lake County Jail GED Program
20 S County Street, Waukegan, IL 60085, Phone: 847-377-4188
Not publicly available
Locations around Waukegan (Cities by Alphabet)
Burlington Adult Learning Center
496 McCanna Parkway, Room 123, Burlington, WI 53105, Phone: 262-564-2030
McHenry County College
8900 Highway 14 – Crystal Lake – IL 60012 – Ph: 815-455-8752
Gateway Technical College (Elkhorn Campus Learning Success Center)
400 County Road H, Elkhorn, WI 53121, Phone: 262-741-8200
Each year, Gateway’s ABE (Adult Basic Education) Center serves over 2,000 students ranging in age between 17 and 75. The school’s ABE centers provide individualized education to those looking just to brush up on their math, reading, and writing skills, and to applicants who haven’t completed high school can earn their HSE (High School Equivalency) diplomas so they can move ahead in their careers or continue their education in college. ABE Centers offer GED prep classes free of charge to Wisconsin residents, and all applicants must first attend an orientation and registration session. ABC Centers are located here:
- Elkhorn Campus Learning Success Center, Ph: 262-564-2683 or 262-741-8200
- Burlington Adult Learning Center, Ph: 262-564-2030
- Racine Campus Learning Success Center, Ph: 262-564-2103
- Racine County Workforce, Ph: 262-638-6458
- Martin Luther King Center-Racine, Ph: 262-564-2103 or 262-741-8200
- Kenosha Campus Adult Learning Center, Ph: 262-564-2006
Walworth County Literacy Council (@Gateway Tech)
400 County Road H, Elkhorn, WI 53121, Phone: 262-475-9180
Evanston High School GED Instruction (Oakton Comm. Coll.)
1600 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60204, Phone 847-635-1426
Check here for all options in the Evanston area
College of Lake County (Grayslake Campus Adult Education, Building K, Room 418)
19351 W Washington Street, Grayslake, IL 60030, Phone: 847-543-2485
Huntington Grayslake Learning Center
1832 E Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030, Phone: 847-625-4000
495 N Riverside Drive, Suite 101, Gurnee, IL 60031, Phone: 224-944-5969/5970
Township High School District 113
1040 Park Avenue W, Highland Park, IL 60035, Phone: 224-765-1021/2410
Highwood Public Library
102 Highwood Avenue, Highwood, IL 60040, Phone: 847-432-5404
Spanish GED Classes
Gateway Tech-Kenosha Campus Adult Learning Center
3520 30th Avenue (Room 111), Kenosha, WI 53144, 262.564.2796
You can find all Kenosha area GED prep options <- here
Sylvan Deerfield and Highland Park
400 E Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045, 847-943-3352
MATC (Milwaukee Area Technical Coll.) GED Instruction
700 West State St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233, 414.297.6233
Check out all Milwaukee area courses: Milwaukee Area GED Programs
Gateway Technical College
1001 South Main St, Racine, Wisconsin 53403, Ph: 262.564.2103
You can find all Racine area GED prep sites <- here
Mano a Mano Family Resource Center
6 E Main Street, Round Lake Park, IL 60073, Phone: 847-201-1521
College of Lake County (Southlake Campus Adult Education)
1120 S Milwaukee Avenue, Vernon Hills, IL 60061, Phone: 847-543-6544
Sylvan Vernon Hills
945 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 130, Vernon Hills, IL 60061, Phone: 224-543-0696
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Online GED and HiSET Exams
Until recently, taking the GED or HiSET exam in an online format was impossible. There was just no high school equivalency test over the Internet. If you were looking to acquire the HSE diploma, your personal appearance at one of Illinois’ state-approved testing sites was required.
Now, that has all changed as both the HiSET and the GED exams have launched online versions. An online proctor will monitor if everything is done in line with strict regulations. To learn more, check out the following articles: introducing the online proctored GED exam, and for more information about the online HiSET test, <- check here.
Waukegan Area GED Testing Centers
From Waukegan: Cities by Alphabet
College of Lake County-Lakeshore Campus (Lower Level 34-010, GED or HiSET)
33 N Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL 60085, Phone: 847-543-2120
Wilbur Wright College (GED, HiSET Testing)
4300 N Narragansett Avenue, Chicago, IL 60634, Phone: 773-481-8897
Check here -> for all Chicago test sites
McHenry County College (GED Testing)
8900 US Highway 14, Crystal Lake, IL 60012, Phone: 815-455-3700
College of Lake County-Grayslake Campus (Room B150, GED or HiSET)
19351 W Washington Street, Grayslake, IL 60030, Phone: 847-543-2076
Gateway Technical College (GED)
3520 30th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53144, Phone: 414-564-2532
McHenry County ROE (GED)
408 State Road 31, McHenry, IL 60050, Phone: 815-334-4055
Harper College (GED)
1200 W Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067, Phone: 847-925-6541
Harper College Learning & Career Center (GED)
1375 S Wolf Road, Prospect Heights, IL 60070, Phone: 847-925-6066
Gateway Technical College (GED)
1001 S Main Street, Racine, WI 53403, Phone: 262-619-6474
Last Updated on November 26, 2023.