All new part-time ESL students will be required to attend an informational workshop before registration. Placement will be done at the workshop. After attending the ESL workshop, all new ESL students must take a state-mandated test before registering. For part-time ESL classes, go to the front reception desk in Building K, email ABECRegistration@elgin.edu or call 847-214-6904 for more information about signing up for classes.
All part-time ESL classes are tuition-free for eligible students. Students on certain types of visas are not eligible to take Adult Basic Education classes. Please complete our form to sign up for classes and we will contact you with details. Fulltime ESL classes are not free.
To register for classes to prepare for the High School Equivalency (HSE/GED®), please complete our form to sign up for classes and we will contact you with details.
Elgin Community College is a community partner and offers high school equivalency (HSE/GED®) preparatory classes, ESL classes, and job search services for community members. Many of our students also take advantage of ECC’s workforce development services. Sign-up for classes using our online form and we will contact you to complete the process.
Llamar al 847-214-6904 para inscribirse en un programa.
To sign up for the official GED® test, visit ged.com. Registration is done online, but testing is done at a testing site on a computer. ECC is a GED testing site. A student can register for tests one at a time, or more than one.
Important: The GED®test is not an online test. In addition to passing the four subject area tests, Illinois has a Constitution test requirement. A student may have passed the Constitution test while they were in an Illinois high school. If so, he/she needs to deliver proof of passing (obtained from the high school) to his/her county’s ROE.
The Constitution is covered in our HSE classes, 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 in the testing center at ECC. Fees for an official transcript and certificate are paid to the ROE after passing all of the tests. After completing these steps, a student will receive an official Illinois High School Equivalency certificate and transcript from the Regional Office of Education.