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Adult Education: GED & ESL

What is Adult Education?
Adult learning programs help adults learn basic skills they need to be better workers and informed members of the community. There are many programs to help adults learn in classes and one-on-one tutoring. Instructions include reading, writing, math, life, and English language competency skills. Find an adult learning provider in your community.

What is ESL?

ESL stands for English as a Second Language. ESL classes are for students who want to improve their English language skills. Classes include Basic English skills such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Classes may also include family literacy, citizenship, and civics.

What is the GED?

GED stands for General Educational Development. This is a nationally recognized high school equivalency program. Adult learning providers offer classes for students who want to take the GED test. People take the GED test for many reasons. Some people want to enroll in college, while others want to enter a training or technical program; some take it for work-related or personal goals. Whatever the reason, you can find information on classes in your area and see if you are eligible to take the GED through the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) in the Tools and Links tabs above.

What is the TABE?

The TABE (Test for Adult Basic Education) test is used to find your strengths. The information collected will be used to set up a program of study to help you progress. Your skills may help you complete a program that was set up by a Workforce Professional. The TABE has three major areas: reading, language, and math. These tests use multiple-choice questions. There are no short answers. There are no writing questions. You cannot fail the TABE.

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