Adult Education/High School Equivalency/English Language Acquisition


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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 Basic Education, High School Equivalency (HSE) and English Language Acquisition (ELA). 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 must register, complete two pre-assessments, and participate in a scheduled orientation. Students will be assessed on their reading and math skills. The results from the pre-assessments will help the faculty and staff develop individualized development plans 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?

  • Register for classes
  • 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)
  • Take post-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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Orientation and CASAS Pre-Assessments

Orientation is required for all new and/or returning students. It covers mastery student skills, test-taking tips and more. It is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the High School Equivalency (HSE) or English Language Acquisition (ELA) program. You do not need an appointment to take the pre-assessments (CASAS). You will receive an orientation schedule when you take your CASAS pre-assessments. You must have submitted your online registration form before taking the CASAS. 

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

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

MCC's Adult Education website

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