HiSET® High School Equivalency Placement Test

Students interested in high school equivalency (HSE) classes should call the Adult Basic Education Center at 847-214-6904 or email ABECRegistration@elgin.edu. 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 in the process of issuing 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 card, debit card, or prepaid card.

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).

Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate

The length of time it takes for a student to prepare to take the HiSET® high school equivalency placement test varies from one individual to the next. Regular class attendance, dedication, and prior knowledge all play a role in this process.

  • Students are permitted to take the high school equivalency test in English, Spanish, or a combination of both languages.
  • Upon successful completion of one or more ABE/ASE classes and passing the high school equivalency test, in-district students receive a tuition waiver for one three-credit-hour college class at ECC to help them achieve their educational and career-related goals. This waiver must be used within one year.
  • A graduation ceremony is held in May each year to celebrate students who earned the high school equivalency certificate and completed at least one ABE/ASE class at ECC.
  • At the  ceremony, three two-year merit-based scholarships (tuition only) will be awarded. Each scholarship is up to $1,000 for four consecutive semesters, not including summer, beginning the fall after graduation.

Stevens Amendment
Approximately $612,638 (36%) of the Illinois Adult Education and Literacy Program cost at Elgin Community College is federally funded under Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.