How do I register for classes?

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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If I decide to enroll in the GED® program, will I be able to go to college?

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 […]

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If I decide to enroll in the GED® program, what classes will I take?

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 […]

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Is Optional Education a faster way to earn credit?

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 […]

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How do students earn credit?

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.

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How should I prepare for the tests?

Black Hawk College offers classes at no cost, at the following locations: 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 […]

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Do you need special accommodations?

Requests for classroom accommodations are to be submitted to the Black Hawk College Office of Disability Services. Requests for GED test accommodations are to be sent to GED Testing Services. Requests for Constitution test accommodations are to be sent to the appropriate testing location (Black Hawk College Testing Center or the Rock Island Regional Office […]

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What is a passing score and what about retakes?

Students must obtain a score of 145 or higher on all four of the GED tests. Students who score above 165 (on any test subject) are considered ready to be college ready. The Constitution score is not included in the overall total. Students who have high school transcripts indicating a passed Constitution test will have […]

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Where do I register, make appointments, and pay fees?

Each of the four GED tests are $30. When a student is ready to take a GED test they must go to GED.com and login to their personal GED account, register for a test date and time, and pay the $30 fee. Adult Education staff is available to help students create a personal GED account […]

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Who may take the GED® 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, […]

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