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HiSET High School Equivalency Test

Students interested in high school equivalency (HSE) classes should call the Adult Basic Education Center at 847-214-6904 or email An assessment of academic skills helps determine appropriate placement and success in classes. You cannot be currently enrolled in high school to attend adult education classes.

The HiSET® exam is a five-part test used to issue a high school equivalency credential. ECC offers testing regularly during the academic year. You must register for each exam.


  1. Create your account and register online at the Educational Testing Service HiSET Exam site
  2. Review all the information on fees and refunds.
  3. Select 'Elgin Community College' as your location option.
  4. Select the exams you wish to take. You can take all five tests in one day if the test center has availability, or you can schedule them across more than one day:
    • Language Arts – Reading
    • Language Arts – Writing
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
  5. Schedule your exam(s) based on your availability.
  6. Provide payment.
    • This payment must be a credit, debit, or prepaid card.

For questions and information about scheduling, scores, accommodations, and test retakes visit Frequently Asked Questions About the HiSET Exam or call 855-MyHiSET (855-694-4738).


Testing Center

Building B, Room B115
Fax: 847-608-5474

Exam Registration

Monday through Thursday: 9 am to 7 pm
Friday and Saturday: Closed

*Note: The Testing Center is closed Tuesdays from 2 to 3 pm for a department meeting. All tests and materials are collected 15 minutes before closing.