ESL Certificate of Proficiency

The certificate in proficiency in ESL is intended for international students and non-native residents to develop proficiency in academic English and study skills.

Upon entering the program, students are given our language placement test to determine their entry level: Foundations, Intermediate, or Advanced.
To receive the certificate, a student must receive a “C” or better in each of the following:

ESL 051/051A  Foundations I
ESL 053/053A  Foundations II
ESL 062/062A Intermediate Grammar
ESL 064/064A Intermediate Reading
ESL 066/066A Intermediate Writing
ESL 068/068A Intermediate Oral Skills or
ESL 070/070A – Communication Skills
COMM 105/ESL 072/072A – Advanced Grammar
ESL 074/074A Advanced Reading
ESL 076/076A Advanced Writing
COMM 100/ESL 078/078A Advanced Oral Skills

Before exiting the ESL Program, students will take our language proficiency test in order to receive the internal certificate of proficiency.

Catalog 2018-2019

FAQs

Adult Education

Before you enroll in the ESL Program, you will be given a language placement test. Your level is determined by your score on the test.

Anyone who is 18 years of age or older, maintained residence in the State of Illinois for at least 30 days, and are not high school graduates, but whose high school class has graduated.
A member of the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty, who is 17 years of age or older, and who is stationed in Illinois or is a legal resident of Illinois
A ward of the Department of Corrections who is 17 years of age or older, or an inmate confined in any branch of the Illinois State Penitentiary or in a county correctional facility.
A female/male who is 17 years of age or older who is unable to attend school because she is either pregnant or the mother/father of one or more children
A person who is 17 years of age or older who has been a dropout for a period of at least one year
A person who is successfully competing an alternative education program under Section 2-3.81 or Article 13A of The School Code of Illinois
A person who is enrolled in the youth education program sponsored by the Illinois National Guard (Lincoln’s Challenge)

Categories: Adult Education, GED®

Rock Island County Regional Office of Education
3430 Avenue of the Cities
Moline, Illinois 61265
Phone: 309-736-1111

Categories: Adult Education, GED®

Minimum score of 410 on any individual test
Maintain an over-all average of 450 points per test
Minimum total score from all 5 tests must be 2250 points
The Constitution score is not included in this total
High school transcript of a passed Constitution test will waive this test
Transcript to be sent to the Regional Office of Education

Categories: Adult Education, GED®

Individual test score of less than 410 requires a retake for a charge of $5 or $10 (Writing)
Limited to 3 retakes in the same subjects in a calendar year
No limit of tries for the Constitution test and no charge

Categories: Adult Education, GED®

Documentation of disability to be submitted to the Regional Office
Request Form L-15 or Form SA-001 when you register for special needs
Includes extended time, large print test, audio tape versions, readers and scribes

Categories: Adult Education, GED®

Black Hawk College offers free classes at:

  • Outreach Center, 301 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline, lll. or call 309-796-8216
  • Illinois workNet Center, 4703 16th St., Moline, Ill. or call 309-797-7138
  • Adult Learning Center (formerly Technology Center), 3930 11th St., Rock Island, Ill. or call 309-794-1072

For more information about prep classes please click here.

Area bookstore and libraries have preparatory materials available.
Online GED® Practice Tests are available as well at gedpractice.com.

Categories: Adult Education, GED®

Cooperating schools require students to attend a class for a specified number of hours per .5 credit. While in attendance, students must complete the required assigned work at a passing level. Each class completed is worth one-half credit. Credit cannot be earned unless both attendance and work requirements are met.

Students have the potential to earn credit more quickly in their home schools. Students who complete a full schedule of classes at the home school have the potential to earn 7 credits per year. Optional Education has a shorter day (4 or 5 hours), so students can only expect to complete 4 to 5 credits during an academic year. Some students earn less due to poor attendance or productivity

GED® students prepare to demonstrate that they have the same skills as the average high school graduate in five fields: Literature and the Arts, Writing Skills, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics. Students are tested when they enroll to help determine what areas need attention. Instructors then work with students to design a program that meets individual needs.

GED® graduates are eligible to enroll in college classes. While GED® graduates with high GED® and college entrance scores may go directly to a four-year institution, many begin college at a community college like Black Hawk College. A college-bound GED® student should strive to earn scores that are higher than the minimum passing score. The student should also consider enrolling in keyboarding and introductory computer classes. Typing and computer skills will make the transition to college much easier.

If you are still in high school, you must meet with your school counselor to be referred to the Optional Education Programs.

If you are not currently enrolled in high school, call 309-755-3300 for registration information.

GED®

Anyone who is 18 years of age or older, maintained residence in the State of Illinois for at least 30 days, and are not high school graduates, but whose high school class has graduated.
A member of the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty, who is 17 years of age or older, and who is stationed in Illinois or is a legal resident of Illinois
A ward of the Department of Corrections who is 17 years of age or older, or an inmate confined in any branch of the Illinois State Penitentiary or in a county correctional facility.
A female/male who is 17 years of age or older who is unable to attend school because she is either pregnant or the mother/father of one or more children
A person who is 17 years of age or older who has been a dropout for a period of at least one year
A person who is successfully competing an alternative education program under Section 2-3.81 or Article 13A of The School Code of Illinois
A person who is enrolled in the youth education program sponsored by the Illinois National Guard (Lincoln’s Challenge)

Categories: Adult Education, GED®

Rock Island County Regional Office of Education
3430 Avenue of the Cities
Moline, Illinois 61265
Phone: 309-736-1111

Categories: Adult Education, GED®

Minimum score of 410 on any individual test
Maintain an over-all average of 450 points per test
Minimum total score from all 5 tests must be 2250 points
The Constitution score is not included in this total
High school transcript of a passed Constitution test will waive this test
Transcript to be sent to the Regional Office of Education

Categories: Adult Education, GED®

Individual test score of less than 410 requires a retake for a charge of $5 or $10 (Writing)
Limited to 3 retakes in the same subjects in a calendar year
No limit of tries for the Constitution test and no charge

Categories: Adult Education, GED®

Documentation of disability to be submitted to the Regional Office
Request Form L-15 or Form SA-001 when you register for special needs
Includes extended time, large print test, audio tape versions, readers and scribes

Categories: Adult Education, GED®

Black Hawk College offers free classes at:

  • Outreach Center, 301 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline, lll. or call 309-796-8216
  • Illinois workNet Center, 4703 16th St., Moline, Ill. or call 309-797-7138
  • Adult Learning Center (formerly Technology Center), 3930 11th St., Rock Island, Ill. or call 309-794-1072

For more information about prep classes please click here.

Area bookstore and libraries have preparatory materials available.
Online GED® Practice Tests are available as well at gedpractice.com.

Categories: Adult Education, GED®

HS & Youth GED®

Cooperating schools require students to attend a class for a specified number of hours per .5 credit. While in attendance, students must complete the required assigned work at a passing level. Each class completed is worth one-half credit. Credit cannot be earned unless both attendance and work requirements are met.

Students have the potential to earn credit more quickly in their home schools. Students who complete a full schedule of classes at the home school have the potential to earn 7 credits per year. Optional Education has a shorter day (4 or 5 hours), so students can only expect to complete 4 to 5 credits during an academic year. Some students earn less due to poor attendance or productivity

GED® students prepare to demonstrate that they have the same skills as the average high school graduate in five fields: Literature and the Arts, Writing Skills, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics. Students are tested when they enroll to help determine what areas need attention. Instructors then work with students to design a program that meets individual needs.

GED® graduates are eligible to enroll in college classes. While GED® graduates with high GED® and college entrance scores may go directly to a four-year institution, many begin college at a community college like Black Hawk College. A college-bound GED® student should strive to earn scores that are higher than the minimum passing score. The student should also consider enrolling in keyboarding and introductory computer classes. Typing and computer skills will make the transition to college much easier.

If you are still in high school, you must meet with your school counselor to be referred to the Optional Education Programs.

If you are not currently enrolled in high school, call 309-755-3300 for registration information.

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Black Hawk College is canceling all classes at East Campus locations starting at 1:00 p.m. and Quad-Cities locations starting at 2:00 p.m. for Tuesday, Jan. 22.