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GED Help

The General Education Development(GED) test has undergone some changes. In addition to the GED, there is also the HSED(High School Equivalency Diploma). When you're searching either online for study materials, within the library catalog, or looking for local information, you may want to try searching by these key terms:

  • GED - General Education Development
  • HSED - High School Equivalency Diploma
  • HiSET - High School Equivalency Test

The High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) is marketed as an accessible, affordable alternative to the GED. To learn more about the HiSET, check out their website. It's important to realize that not all states offer the HiSET test yet and that the ones that do have different policies and requirements to take that test. Once you pass the HiSET, you are awarded with your HSED.

Looking for more information about the GED than is offered on this page? The library even offers books and other materials to help you pass this test.

If you're looking for specific material for the math or science or english portion, search the library catalog with the word GED followed by whatever section for which you are looking.

Take the Test!

Check out the following sources to find out more about where to go to take your GED test.

  • Iowa Department of Education
    This website provides more information about the High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) program. At the bottom of the website, there is a list of HiSET Prep Centers broken up by different counties.
  • GED Testing Locations in Iowa
    Here you will find a comprehensive list of GED testing locations in Iowa. Please contact the specific location you are looking to take the test at, to see when exactly they offer the test.
  • GED Testing Locations in Illinois
    This website offers the same information as the GED Testing Locations in Iowa site. Please be sure to contact each location to find out the specific times and actual locations at which the test will be offered.

Local GED Help

In the Quad Cities area, several services are offered for those seeking GED Help. Visit the following links for more information. These locations also serve as places to go to take the actual test. Please contact each specific place for more information.

  • Black Hawk College
    Black Hawk College offers Adult Education and Family Literacy classes available at no cost to those qualifying participants. The General Education Development (GED) classes help prepare students to take the test to earn their GED. Click through to contact BHC for more information.
  • Optional Education & Youth GED
    If you are between the ages of 16 and 18, Black Hawk College offers a different GED class of courses to prepare you for the GED. Other related programs are also offered.
  • Eastern Illinois Community Colleges
    Clinton, Muscatine, and Scott Community Colleges offer Adult Education/HSED, otherwise known as GED classes at their various campuses. The High School Equivalency Program offered through EICC allows students to take classes to help with reading, writing, speaking, and math skills. A program layout is given. Click through for contact information for the different campuses.

Universal Class

  • Universal Class offers test-specific help, as well as general continuing education classes that cover a wide variety of topics to help you further your personal and professional goals.
  • You will have to create an account to use this database, but this allows you to keep track of your progress in your courses, check your email, and communicate with other people using this service.

  • The section that is most important here is the GED Test Preparation Resources that Universal Class offers. Here you can find help with speed reading, math, grammar, essay writing, geography, chemistry, english, biology, government, and many other sections that the GED test covers. Click through to see more of the sections that are covered.

Learning Express Library

Need to take the GED in Spanish? No problem! Learning Express offers help in Spanish as well.

  • offers a number of resources for people looking for help with the GED or HiSET test. Here you can find websites to visit, videso to watch, as well as sample tests and worksheets all designed to help you prep for the test.
  • You will need your library card number to log into Once you log in with your card number, you will need to create an account to access everything that offers. This account allows you to keep track of your progress, contact your tutor, and keep track of anything you choose to upload to the site.

  • Once you log in, scroll to the bottom of the page and visit the SkillsCenter Resource Library for help with the GED os HiSET. Click on "View Test Prep Resources" and search in the search bar for "HiSET" or "GED".

HiSET Books to Get You Started


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