The General Educational Development (GED) program offers preparation for the GED (high school equivalency) examination in either English or Spanish.
The Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program provides courses to adults who test below the GED level and need to improve basic reading and math skills before they qualify to move into the GED level.
The length of time necessary to prepare for the GED exam depends on a combination of factors including the student's initial reading and math scores, previous years of education, length of time out of school, level of motivation, and amount of time available for study and homework.
How to Enroll
Students may have to visit one of the campus locations in order to register for classes. You can start the process by visiting our online registration system. When you come to campus you will need to bring:
- Proof of address
- Driver's License or State ID card
- Utility bill
- Medical card
- Proof of age (at least 18)
A reading and math test are part of the registration process, so please be prepared. The registration process including the tests can take 2-3 hours.
All colleges offer General Educational Development (GED) preparation courses designed to prepare students to take and pass the GED exam and transition into City Colleges of Chicago degree and certificate programs. GED courses provide instruction in reading, writing, math, social studies, science and the Constitution. Students are also provided with test taking and study skills. Classes are offered in both English and Spanish.
The GED exam is administered through the Cook County GED Testing Program. You can contact them for testing dates and information at cookcountyged.org or 847-328-9795. You can take the GED in English, Spanish or French. Large-print, audiocassette, and Braille editions of the GED Tests are also available for adults with disabilities.
Adult Education Offices