Adult Education/HSED (GED)

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Eastern Iowa Community Colleges provide a number of programs for adults to brush up on reading, math, writing and English.

These programs include Adult Learning, High School Equivalency (formerly GED) and English Language Learners (ESL). Classes are offered at Clinton, Muscatine, Davenport, Columbus Junction, Maquoketa and West Liberty.

Adult Basic Education or ABE classes develop reading, writing, speaking and math skills. Programming is designed to help anyone 17 years of age or older not enrolled in high school to take the steps necessary toward passing the High School Equivalency Test and beyond.

Students wanting to earn their High School Equivalency Diploma will need to register and take assessments at an orientation. Students will be assessed on their reading and math skills. The results from the orientation will help the faculty and staff develop individual programs of study for students to guide them toward their personal academic goals.

Students will study:

  • Language Arts – Reading
  • Language Arts – Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

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How does the High School Equivalency program work?

  • Attend an orientation
  • Take placement assessments
  • Classes – your scores will determine the length of your class schedule (it will take at a minimum of 6 to 12 weeks)
  • Retake Placement Assessments – your scores will show us if our classes are helping you achieve your goals
  • Official Practice Tests (OPT’s) – These tests are required for each subject prior to taking the actual High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)
  • HiSET Exam – HiSET is the official name for the High School
  • Equivalency Test

What does it take to get started?

  • $15.00 Registration Fee
  • Photo ID
  • Know your social security number

17 & 18 Year olds will also need:

  • Drop slip or letter of non-enrollment from the last high school attended
  • Parent or guardian (to sign permission form)


How much does it cost?

There is a $15 registration fee due at the time of application. There is a $50 fee paid to HiSET before testing that covers a battery of five exams. Finally, there is a $10 fee for a diploma, verification letter or transcripts that is paid through Requests can be submitted once all HiSET scores are confirmed. Orders must be placed directly with Diploma Sender.


We will host a graduation ceremony each May. Any students who have passed their High School Equivalency Test are welcomed to participate and invite their friends and family.

High School Equivalency Program Scholarships

Anyone who receives their High School Equivalency Diploma from our colleges will be given a scholarship for three credit hours at Clinton, Muscatine or Scott Community College. The scholarship can be used for credit or non-credit classes/programs (i.e. Certified Nursing Aid, Welding). Graduates have up to one year from the date of completion to use their scholarship.

Document Request

Individuals may request duplicate GED/High School Equivalency transcripts, verification letter and/or diploma. Fees may apply. To submit a request, please visit:

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Contact campuses for class schedules and additional information

Sign up for an orientation, see orientation schedule here.

To request accommodations for test day:

Clinton Community College
Learning Center(Clinton & Maquoketa)
(across street from the main CCC building and next to tennis courts)
944 Lincoln Boulevard
Clinton, Iowa  52732
563-244-7185 or toll-free (within the 563 area code) 800-637-0559

Orientation Schedule

Program Overvide
Muscatine Community College
(Muscatine, Columbus Junction & West Liberty)
McAvoy University
1403 Park Avenue
Muscatine, Iowa  52761
563-288-6161 or 800-351-4669

Orientation Schedule

Scott Community College
West Davenport Center
2950 North Fairmount Street
Davenport, Iowa 52804
563-328-7690 or 800-895-0811

Orientation Schedule