Staff will recommend classes based on your placement tests and your progress with the material. You may not have to take all of the classes offered. ECC offers a variety of HSE preparatory classes, including:
science and social studies, including Constitution material, are integrated into the highest level reading/writing classes.
For more information about the GED and HiSET exams, including taking the HSE exam, pricing, testing locations, and exam content, please visit GED.com and hiset.ets.org. You may choose the exam you wish to complete.
Classes range from 10 to 16 weeks long. Classes are offered in the mornings and evenings. Most classes meet in Building K on ECC’s Spartan Drive campus in Elgin. ECC may offer off-site class locations. Online classes are also available.
In certain cases, if a student completed a significant portion of high school and can obtain their high school transcript, they may seek an alternative credentialing method. Please visit Transcript-Based Alternative Methods of Credentialing.
The Constitution test is an additional requirement in Illinois. Our upper-level HSE classes cover the Constitution, so our students are prepared to pass the Constitution test. Students and non-students can take the Constitution test at their county's ROE or ECC's testing center. Please note that the constitutional requirement is waived for those who complete all HSE exam subjects through Jun 30, 2022. The end date of this suspension may change. For updates on the Constitution test requirement in Illinois, please visit Constitution test updates.
If you passed the Constitution test in an Illinois high school or another institution (other than a junior high), you most likely would not have to take it again. You will need to obtain a letter or transcript from your high school or other site showing that you passed the Constitution test. You will need to take that document to your county's Regional Office of Education (ROE). If you passed the Constitution test in junior high or another state, it would not count towards the requirement for Illinois.
This is no longer true. To test in Illinois, you must be at least 17 years old and a resident of Illinois for at least 30 days. Additionally, you cannot be currently attending high school, a high school graduate, or have previously passed the HSE exam.
ABE classes include instruction in reading, math, writing, and computers and focus on improving basic skills. ASE classes are more advanced and cover secondary-level skills in reading, math, writing, computers, science, and social studies. ASE instruction includes reviewing the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions.
In addition to in-person classes, ECC offers online HSE preparatory courses. Before signing up for an online course, you will want to think about your comfort level with technology and your ability and motivation to work independently. If you are interested in online classes, you will be required to complete an online orientation to better prepare for online learning in our program.