GED Classes Dubuque, Iowa

Listed here are all GED® (in Iowa: HiSET) classes and testing facilities in the Dubuque region.

In Iowa, you’ll have to pass the HiSET exam to acquire a high school equivalency (HSE) degree.

The HSE exam offers adults who never graduated high school the chance to earn an equivalent degree.

HSE testing is done at a level that is comparable to what high school students must know upon graduation.

There are five HiSET tests in the fields of math, science, language writing, language reading, and social studies.

HiSET testing is possible on-computer and on-paper.

Dubuque GED (HiSET) prep classes

Iowa HiSET Practice test

Northeast Iowa Community College (Dubuque Ctr for Education-HiSET Classes)
700 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Ph: (563) 557.8271 ext. 105

680 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001, Phone: (563) 556-5800 (ext. 129)

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GED (HiSET) prep sites around Dubuque (cities by alphabet)

HiSET Requirements in Iowa

Bellevue High (Clinton Comm. Coll.)
1601 State Street, Bellevue, Iowa 52031, Ph: (563) 244.7001

Boscobel Public Library (Southwest Tech)
1033 Wisconsin Avenue, Boscobel, Wisconsin 53805, Ph: (608) 375.5873

Northeast Iowa Comm. Coll.
1625 Highway 150 South, Calmar, IA 52132, Ph: (563) 562-3263

Cedar Rapids Career Ctr.
4444 1 Avenue NE (Ste 436), Cedar Rapids, IA 52402, Ph (319) 365-9474 (x 31104)
More Cedar Rapids options are listed here

Clinton Comm. Coll.
1000 Lincoln Blvd, Clinton, Iowa 52732, Ph: (563) 244-7001

Darlington Municipal Building  (Southwest Tech)
627 Main Street, Darlington, WI 53530, Ph: (608) 375.5873

Eastern Iowa Community College
627 West Second Street, Davenport, Iowa 52801, Ph: (563) 326.5319
See all Davenport area options in this post

Southwest Tech Dodgeville Outreach Center (Spring Gate Mall) 
316 W Spring St, Dodgeville, Wisconsin 53533, Ph (608) 930.2878

James Kennedy Library (NE Iowa Comm. Coll.)
320 1st Avenue E, Dyersville, Iowa 52040, Ph: (563) 875.8912
HiSET classes are offered on Saturdays from 9 – 11 a.m. (in English and Spanish)

Elkader Library
130 North Main Street, Elkader, Iowa 52043, Ph: (563) 245.1446

Southwest Tech
1800 Bronson Boulevard, Fennimore, Wisconsin 53809, Ph: (608) 822.2649

Northwest Illinois Comm. Action Agency
27 S State Street, Freeport, Illinois 61032, Ph: (815) 599.3460
More Freeport area prep classes are listed on this page

Business Employment Skills Team (BEST)
9483 US Highway 20 W, Galena, IL 61036, Ph: (815) 244.2522/777.6177

Manchester United Methodist Church HiSET Instruction
413 East Butler St, Manchester, Iowa 52057, Ph: (563) 927-9279

Manchester Reg. Ed. Center (NE Iowa Comm. College)
1200½ West Main St, Manchester, IA 52057, Ph: (563) 822-1016

Clinton Community College (Maquoketa Center)
501 W Washington Street, Maquoketa, IA 52060, Phone: 563.652.5000

Iowa Workforce Development (Clinton Community College)
714 W Platt Street, Maquoketa, IA 52060, Phone: 563.244.7185

Monona Murphy Library (NE Iowa Comm. Coll)
111 N Page Street, Monona, Iowa 52159, Ph: (563) 539.2356
HiSET/ GED classes are held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:15 to 4:30 p.m.

Kirkwood Community College (Jones County Regional Ctr)
220 Welter Drive, Monticello, Iowa 52310, Ph: (319) 465.2302

BEST (Business Employment Skills Team)-Project REACH
301 N Main St, Mount Carroll, IL 61053, Ph: (815) 244.2552
BEST offers also instruction in Galena, Stirling, Dixon, Oglesby, Princeton, Oregon, and Ottawa

RAMS (Reg. Academy for Math & Science – NE Iowa CC)
1400 Technology Drive, Oelwein, IA 50662, Ph: (888) 642-2338 (x 105)

Northeast Iowa Community College Peosta
10250 Sundown Road, Peosta, Iowa 52068, Phone: (563) 562.3263

Northeast Iowa Community College Learning Center
8342 NICC Drive, Peosta, IA 52068, Ph: (563) 556.5110

Platteville O.E. Gray School (Southwest Tech)
110 West Adams Street, Platteville, Wisconsin 53818, Phone: (608) 348.6444

Southwest Tech Prairie du Chien Outreach Site
1304 South Marquette Avenue, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821, Phone: (608) 326-0718
For more Prairie du Chien area prep sites click here

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Iowa Free Online HiSET Classes

GED (HiSET) testing centers in the Dubuque area

Northeast Iowa Community Coll.
700 Main St, Dubuque, Iowa 52001 – Ph (563) 557-8271 ext. 105

Northeast Iowa Comm. Coll.
1625 Highway 150 South, Calmar, IA 52132, Ph (563) 562-3263

Kirkwood Community Coll.
912 18th St, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Ph (319) 366-0142

Eastern Iowa Comm. Coll.
627 West 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa 52801, Ph: (800) 895.0811

Northeast Iowa Community College
10250 Sundown Road, Peosta, Iowa 52068, Ph: (563) 562.3263

Can I get into the army with GED-HiSET diploma?


Iowa stopped using the GED for HSE (High school Equivalency) testing and switched to the HiSET exam. The price of the GED skyrocketed and the GED was only available in a computer-based format. Reasons enough for Iowa, just like many other states, to change to an alternative option. Iowa chose to use the HiSET exam.

For who is the HSE exam?

The HSE (High School Equivalency) exam is for adults who, for whatever reason, never completed high school. The diploma that will be received after successful completion of the five HiSET tests is the equivalency to a regular high school diploma. The diploma is all across America accepted by state and federal authorities, academic institutions, and employers.

For more detailed information about HiSET testing in Iowa (such as prices, prep options, qualification criteria, scoring system, registration, and so on) visit GED in Iowa.

HiSET Scoring

Each of the five HiSET tests is measured on a 1-20 scale and the minimally required result is 8. Your overall score must be no less than 45 and the Language writing section (Essay) must have a score of at least 2.

The HiSET is NOT offered via the internet. You must appear in person at an official Iowa HiSET testing center. If a website comes with a different message, you can be sure this is fraud. Online-obtained documents are worthless and will definitely not be accepted by employers or institutions of higher education.

The job interview

Get ready for a better job or continue your academic education at the college of your choice. The GED or HiSET diploma makes it all possible! Here is some great advice for one of the most challenging moments: the Job Interview!

There are specific skills and considerations that may help you a lot at the job interview when discussing the issue of salary. Take a closer look at the following:

  1. Well-developed listening skills are crucial if you want to understand what exactly the needs are of the hiring company and the person who does the hiring. Giving answers at the interview in a way that your interviewer or prospective supervisor will feel that you are the right person to solve their problems, is a great way to try to make them pay you top dollar. Listening well implies that you do not interrupt the interviewer and allow him to finish their way of thinking. Consider also to include part of what he said in your answer to make clear that what he said was heard. You should also include common communications skills like establishing proper eye contact, nodding when the interviewer makes a statement to indicate that you did hear it. This sort of techniques are telling the interviewer: ‘I’ve heard you and I’m understanding the things you’re saying’.
  2. Try to avoid being the first person to mention money. The idea here is that you, inadvertently, may ‘low ball’ yourself with the effect that you may be settling for a salary that’s less than what the company had in mind.
  3. If you are asked what kind of salary you’re looking to get, just answer that you are thinking of a certain range but that your actual acceptable salary also depends on other aspects of the entire package, such as fringe benefits.
  4. If they push you on the salary subject, be sure to come up with a range with as bottom what you need to have, and at the top some 15% above what you think is appropriate. Something like ‘My range is in the $28,000-$34,000 area’. Your range should be based on common industry practices, on other people’s experiences, and in line with what you think you could be worth to the company, based on your market analysis.
  5. When you’re asked about your current pay, always tell them the truth, but when you are in for a raise anytime soon, do not forget to tell that as well.

The Job Offer

  1. If you are given an offer and if you are interested in the position, you may point out that you’re highly interested and very excited about the given opportunity, and that they can expect your reaction in 24 hours. In general, 24 hours will do to reflect upon the offer, to find out what else you want to know or to buy a little more negotiating room. If you have already made some other interviewing appointments, you may consider asking for some more time to get back to them.
  2. By the time the talking about your base salary is done, but before you will accept the job and the offer, ask about some other crucial fringe benefits that you may be entitled to. These may be:
    • health insurance compensation
    • vacation time extensions and pay
    • salary review on a yearly basis
    • pension savings plan
    • bonus plans
    • college tuition reimbursements
    • stock options plans
  3. Try to avoid negotiations by phone, only call to accept an offer, and always politely request the offer in writing.

The Process of Negotiation

  1. Take a look at a few examples of how your salary discussion may go when you are trying to negotiate for higher pay when the offer is made, or after you’ve been considering the job for a day. One thing always works in salary negotiations, and that is that asking for higher pay (in a question style) is better than demanding it, as this is avoiding the risk of sounding arrogant. Company representative: We are offering you an annual salary of $20,000. Answer option 1: I’m very thrilled that you wish to hire me, and I would love to have the position. Based on my vast experience, and also due to all sorts of expenses I will have after graduation, I need for example to pay off my college loan and will need a car, I really would like to make around $30,000. How are you feeling about that?
  2. Answer option 2: I really do like this opportunity, and I’m sure I can make a great contribution, but there are a few other opportunities for me as well that all are in the range of $30,000 (never say this unless it’s really true). Is there any way to work this out?
  3. Answer option 3: I’ve graduated now and I’m on my own, and I really need a salary in the 30,000 range. Would there be any way we could work that out? I really love the opportunity and I very much would like to work here, but I need that number. What’s your opinion?
  4. If you are not getting the salary you like, but want the job anyway, it is wise to ask if they can review your request again in three or six months rather than a year.
  5. As all options above are indicating, you should try to make positive or reinforcing statements about how much you like the company or the position, before you will ask for other things. Your words should make clear to them that you appreciate their offer and that you’re almost ready to join the company and that this one final thing could make it perfect.

In summary, keep in mind that you are likely to spend the next four or five decades working and that it is crucial that you land a job that suits you and for which you have the right qualifications, so make sure your career choice and the salary meet your expectations. When in doubts, take a career quiz/test and adjust your expectations.

If you receive an offer from a company you really like, or when you feel there’s sufficient upward potential though the pay is slightly less than you wished, keep in mind that accepting the offer may be worthwhile, particularly if it is a company where you have the chance to learn a lot so you may qualify for job advancement over time. The negotiating process is, however, a key skill which, if you learn it early on, may result in quite nice dividends during your career, not just in a financial sense, but also to enhance your self-esteem.


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