General Educational Development (GED®) classes prepare students to take the tests required to earn the GED® high school equivalency certificate. Preparation classes are offered in English.
- Students must reside in the Black Hawk College District.
- Students must be at least 17 years of age or older and not enrolled in a K-12 school district. Sixteen-year-old students may enroll only with parental and K-12 school district permission.
- Youth GED® classes (High School Credit/Youth GED®) are designed for students ages 16-18. If you are unsure of which class section to attend, visit the Optional Education Youth GED® page or inquire at the time of registration
Cost of classes
Qualifying students attend the Black Hawk College preparation classes without cost. However, students should note that there is a fee to take the GED® test. For registration dates and times, contact us at 309-796-8216.
To register to take the computer-based test, visit GED Testing Service®.
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)
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
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.
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.