Illinois High School Diploma/GED and Basic Skill Preparation

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GED™ Prep & Basic Skills Classes

High School Equivalency Program

Take free classes to help prepare for the GED™, HiSET or TASC exams. We are happy to welcome every type of student. We format our classes to meet the unique needs of everyone on an individual basis. 

Subjects taught in class include:

  • English (Reading & Writing)
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • College and career preparation
  • Time management
  • How to study
  • Organizational skills

Morning and evening classes are available at all JJC campuses. Classes are also available at many other locations in the JJC community. 

Why Take a GED™ Prep or Basic Skills Course?

These courses will help you review skills you'll need to prepare for a high school equivalency exam, but they can also help you land a new job or get ready for college. 

Thinking about going to college? We can help you make that transition. Free tutors are also provided to students. Contact our staff to find out more about how we can help:, phone number: 815-280-1333. 

Who Can Attend Our Free Classes

If you are an adult or ages 16 or older, you're eligible to attend (as long as you are not also attending high school). JJC also encourages ESL students to take our classes and those who want to brush up on their basic skills. Even if you have your high school diploma (or something similar), you can still take our free classes as a refresher or to prepare for college. 

How to Sign Up for Our Classes

  1. Watch our informational video.
  2. Register for classes and complete testing. You must provide a photo ID during testing (driver's license, high school ID, Sam's Club card, Costco card, etc.)
  3. Questions about how to get started? Email or call (815) 280-1333.

Watch our Informational Video and Register Now

Would you rather earn your high school diploma?

Learn more about our Early Leavers Transition program.

Learn More About Our Early Leavers Transition program

GED, HiSET or TASC Information

Students can research all three companies to decide which one will better meet his/her needs.

  • Online GED™ Prep Classes


    iPathways is a way for students to take our GED™ prep classes online. Some online coursework may be combined with traditional classroom instruction.

    Students can take iPathways classes on any device connected to the internet. This is a great option for students who need more flexibility.  

    Think this is a good option for you? Talk to your teacher about this first.

  • How to Take the GED, HiSET or TASC

    If you have not earned your high school diploma, you can take the GED, HiSET or TASC to gain high school equivalency. All three companies (GED, HiSET and TASC) provide the same diploma. They are equally recognized and accepted by employers and higher education institutions across the country.

  • Learn More About the Exams