This post includes a complete overview of GED® classes and test centers in the Blue Island region.
Illinois is offering several options for the state’s High School Equivalency (HSE) testing program.
The fully computer-based GED and the HiSET and TASC exams which are offered on-paper and on-computer.
HSE testing gives people who couldn’t finish high school the opportunity to acquire an equivalent degree.
All three options assess proficiency at a level that may be expected of high school seniors upon graduation.
The GED (General Education Development) exam has four independent subtests in literacy, social studies, math, and science.
The GED subtests (modules) can be taken one at a time within a 2-year time frame.
The HiSET and TASC include five tests. Here, the Literacy part has separate reading and writing subtests. These modules may be dealt with separately as well.
Illinois requires test-takers also to pass the Illinois Constitution Test.
Blue Island GED prep site
Moraine Valley Community College (Education Center at Blue Island)
12940 S Western Avenue – Blue Island – IL 60406 – Ph: (708) 974.5340
Locations around Blue Island
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Richard J. Daley College HSE Program
7500 South Pulaski Road – Chicago – IL 60652 – Ph: (773) 838.7800
You can find all Chicago locations here
Prairie State College Adult Education
202 South Halsted Street – Chicago Heights – IL 60411 – Ph: (708) 709.7931
For Spanish: (708) 709.3790
Aunt Martha’s Youth Service
233 West Joe Orr Road – Chicago Heights – IL 60411 – Ph: (708) 754.0625
Dixmoor Works Adult Literacy
14314 Winchester Avenue – Dixmoor – IL 60426 – Ph: (773) 724.4172
East Chicago Adult Education
210 East Columbus Drive – East Chicago – IN 46312 – Ph: (219) 391.4100 x 339
See all East Chicago prep sites here
Prairie State College-Matteson
4821 Southwick Drive – Matteson – IL 60443 – Ph: (708) 709.7931
For Spanish GED classes call: 708-709-3790
Oak Forest Adult Education (South Suburban College Center)
16333 South Kilbourn Avenue – Room 5240 – Oak Forest – IL 60452 – Ph: (708) 225.6029
Moraine Valley Community College-Palos Hills
9000 West College Parkway – Palos Hills – IL 60465 – Ph: (708) 974.5340
Thornton Township Adult Education (HSE program-SSC)
14323 South Halsted Street – Riverdale – IL 60827 – Ph: (708) 596.2000 x 2691
South Suburban College Adult Education Program
58 West 162nd Street – South Holland – IL 60473 – Ph: (708) 596.2000 x 256
Moraine Valley Community College (Southwest Education Ctr)
17900 South 94th Avenue – Tinley Park – IL 60487 – Ph: (708) 974.5340
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Blue Island area HSE testing centers
Richard J. Daley College
7500 South Pulaski Road – Chicago – IL 60652 – Ph: (773) 838.7774
East Chicago TASC testing
210 E Columbus Drive – East Chicago – IN 46312 – Ph: (219 391.4100
East Chicago TASC testing
2700 Cardinal Drive – East Chicago – IN 46312 – Ph: (219) 391.4125
Hammond Area Career Ctr TASC testing
5727 Sohl Avenue – Hammond – IN 46320 – Ph: (219) 933.2419
The four GED tests
The GED (General Education Development) exam has four tests on these subject fields: Literacy, Math, Social Studies, and Science. The section Language Writing of the old GED exam format was embodied in the other four tests because most multiple-choice questions are gone and students now must answer questions in a sort of essay style which allows perfectly well for assessment of their writing skills. Go to GED testing in Illinois for qualification details. HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) and TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) come with individual writing and reading subtests, so five in total.
The passing requirements for the GED tests were lowered a few years back. The minimally needed score to pass went down from 150 to 145 points as it was clearly set too high. If if you want to read all about this important change, visit this news-related post for the full story. HiSET and TASC have their own scoring systems.
The GED scoring scale
The exam comes with a now score system: you need to attain at least 145 points on each test (on a scale 100 to 200), so a minimum total score of 580 points is required. Other great aspects of the new GED program are that your results will be available within a couple of hours and that you pay only for the test(s) you register for. In Florida, the cost per test is $32 ($128 for the entire GED battery).
The HSE diploma
When you pass the Illinois HSE exam, you will be given the HSE diploma which is recognized just like a high school credential by state and federal official organizations, employers and colleges all over the nation. The GED, HiSET, and TASC exams measure skills and knowledge at a level that high school students must command upon graduation.
One GED test at a time
No longer do you have to take all tests in a row. You can prepare for one of the four GED tests (modules) or five HiSET or TASC modules when you feel all set, you can register for, pay for, and take that test. If you want, you can take more tests at the same time, but you don’t need to do that. Your scores will be valid for two years GED) so no need to rush. You are wise if you start working on the section that causes you most difficulty first, to avoid disappointment later on.
What about a career as a Dental Hygienist?
If you are looking for a career as a Dental Hygienist then you are probably wondering what steps might be involved on the way. A Dental Hygienist is the right hand of the Dentist. Every Dentist office has at least one quality Dental Hygienist. The Dental Hygienist is responsible for many tasks to keep a Dentist’s office running smoothly, and to provide maximum care for the patients.
Dental Hygienists examine patient’s teeth and gums. They check for and record abnormalities and disease. They also remove soft and hard deposits on the teeth and gums, including plaque and tartar build-ups. Dental Hygienists consult patients on good oral hygiene habits and help to develop specific plans for the patients.
To practice in most states as a Dental Hygienist, also in Illinois, you must graduate or earn a certificate from an accredited Dental Hygiene school. Afterward, you must obtain a license in the state that you wish to practice. A minimum of a High School Diploma/GED and also college entrance tests are required to become enrolled in a Dental Hygiene school. Some Dental Hygiene schools require at least one year of college.
Specific requirements vary from school to school, so check around to see which school would be the right fit for your personal needs. A minimum of an Associate’s degree or certificate is usually needed to work in a private dental office. Most Dental schools or programs offer a wide choice of degree programs, including associate, bachelors, or even masters degrees/certificates.
There are specific class requirements at most schools to obtain certification, many of which include, anatomy, biology, physiology, nutrition, periodontology, use of dental equipment, and hygiene. Other skills you will need to possess include people skills, as you will be working directly with patients and other staff. Also, a good hand/eye coordination is needed while you use dental tools in and near patients mouths.
The field of Dental Hygiene ranks among the fastest growing professional fields in America. By the year 2020, Dental Hygienist jobs are expected to grow by 20% above the national average of job growth. Many factors contribute to this growth. Such as the fact that people are living longer and more are keeping their teeth instead of having to get dentures. This is because of better health and dental care, and awareness, as well as technological advancements in dental care products such as toothpaste and mouthwashes.
Also, more people go to the dentist for regular checkups and care than in years past. With more and more people going to the Dentist, and more Dentist offices opening, that leads to more jobs for Dental Hygienists. Most Dental Hygienist jobs are in private offices, with a small number in temporary offices and physician’s offices. The need for Dental Hygienists greatly outweighs the available qualified Hygienists for the jobs available.