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Adult Basic Education (ABE)/Adult Secondary Education/
High School Equivalency (HSE)

Adult Basic Education (ABE) is designed to bring a student from grade zero through the eighth-grade competency level, as determined by standardized testing. Beginning level courses cover grade zero through the third-grade competency level. Intermediate level courses include grade four through the eighth-grade competency level. Each level may include basic literacy skills; workforce/employability skills; career exploration/awareness skills; workplace literacy; family literacy; and Bridge training.

Adult Secondary Education (ASE) is designed to bring a student from the ninth grade through the twelfth-grade competency level, as determined by standardized testing, and to prepare a student to achieve an HSE (High School Equivalency) credential. The curriculum may include courses in general academic and intellectual skills; and similar skills as those for ABE but at levels suitable for preparing for a HSE diploma.

Three assessments are approved by the Illinois Community Board for students to earn their high school equivalency (HSE) diplomas:

  • GED®
  • HiSET
  • TASC

For more information on staff development and technical assistance for ABE/ASE/HSE program staff in Illinois, contact the Central Illinois Adult Education Service Center at 309-298-2285.

Looking for an ABE/ASE Program or HSE (GED®, HiSET, or TASC) testing?

Call the Illinois Adult Learning Hotline, 800-321-9511, or click www.thecenterweb.org/alrc/hotline to:
• Locate an ABE or HSE program near your home
• Find a program in need of volunteers

Operators speak English, Spanish and Polish.
The Hotline is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
TDD or Voice User number: 800-321-9511.

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Feel free to print, photocopy, and distribute these Hotline information fliers.

For more information, contact:
Sue Barauski, sbarauski@cntrmail.org

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