Listed here is an overview of GED® (in Iowa: HiSET) prep classes and test sites in the Waterloo region. Iowa uses the HiSET exam for the purpose of high school equivalency (HSE) testing.
HSE testing gives adults who never graduated high school the opportunity to earn an equivalent credential.
The HiSET is measuring basic knowledge at a similar level that is expected of high school students upon graduation.
The HiSET comes with five subtests in the fields of writing, reading, social studies, math, and science.
The HiSET exam can be taken separately and on a computer or in a paper-and-pencil format.
Please be aware that online HiSET or GED testing is not possible. You need to show up, in person, at an official Iowa HiSET testing site.
Waterloo GED Prep Classes (HiSET)
Hawkeye Community College
844 W 4th St, Waterloo, Iowa 50702, Ph: (319) 234.5745
Iowa Workforce Development
3420 University Ave, Waterloo, Iowa 50701, Ph: (319) 235.2123
University of Northern Iowa Center for Urban Education
800 Sycamore Street, Waterloo, IA 50703, Ph (319) 273-4772
Prep Facilities Around Waterloo (cities by alphabet)
Northeast Iowa Community College
1625 Hwy 150 South, Calmar, IA 52132, Phone: (563) 562.3263
Cedar Rapids Career Ctr.
4444 1st Avenue NE (Suite 436), Cedar Rapids, IA 52402, Ph: (319) 365-9474 (x 31104)
You can find all Cedar Rapids-area options here
130 N Main St, Elkader, IA 52043, Phone: (563) 245-1446
Iowa Central Community College
One Triton Circle, Ft. Dodge, Iowa 50501, Ph: (515) 574.1959
All Fort Dodge options are listed on this page
Hawkeye Community College-Independence
2349 Jamestown Avenue, Independence, Iowa 50644, Ph: (319) 334.3131
Ellsworth Community College HiSET Program
1100 College Ave, Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126, Ph: (641) 648.4611
Manchester Regional Education Ctr
1200½ West Main St, Manchester, IA 52057, Ph: (563) 822-1016
United Methodist Church
413 East Butler St, Manchester, Iowa 52057, Ph: (563) 927.9279
Career Center Marshalltown
3405 S Center Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158, Ph: (641) 754-1400
Check out all options on our Marshalltown page
North Iowa Area Comm. Coll.
500 College Drive, Mason City, IA 50401, Ph: (641) 422.4176
All Mason City locations are found in this post
Murphy Library Monona
111 North Page St, Monona, IA 52159, Phone: (563) 539-2356
New Hampton High School
710 West Main St, New Hampton, Iowa 50659, Ph: (888) 642.2338 (ext. 105)
HiSET classes are available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
New Hampton Holy Family Church
202 North Broadway, New Hampton, Iowa 50659 (use North entrance), Ph (888) 642-2338 (ext. 105)
These Spanish HiSET classes are offered: Monday & Thursday, from 5:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Regional Math & Science Academy-Oelwein Center
1400 Technology Drive, Oelwein, IA 50662, Ph: (888) 642-2338 (x 105)
HiSET instruction is offered on Tuesdays, from 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Benton County Education Center (Kirkwood Comm. Coll.)
111 W 3rd Street, Vinton, Iowa 52349, Ph: (319) 472.2318
Vinton-Shellsburg Alternative Education at West campus
210 West 21st Street, Vinton, Iowa 52349, Ph: (319) 436-4728
Hawkeye Community College
215 20th Street, Waverly, IA 50677, Ph: (319) 296-4288
West Union Library
210 N Vine Street, West Union, IA 52175, Phone: (563) 422.3103
HiSET classes are held: Tuesday & Thursday, 4:15 – 6:30 p.m.
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Waterloo Area GED Testing Centers (HiSET)
Hawkeye Comm. Coll.-Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center
120 Jefferson Street – Waterloo – Iowa 50701, Ph: (319) 296-4278
Northeast Iowa Comm. Coll. (Student Ctr, Testing Ctr, Rm 111)
1625 Highway 150 South, Calmar, IA 52132, Phone: (563) 562-3263
Kirkwood Comm. College
6301 Kirkwood Boulevard SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Phone: (319) 398-5456
Iowa Valley Community College-Iowa Falls (Technology and industry Building)
1100 College Avenue – Iowa Falls – Iowa 50126 – Ph (641) 754-1348
IVCCD Education & Training Center HiSET Testing
206 E Church Street – Marshalltown – Iowa 50158 – Ph (641) 754-1348
Iowa Valley Community College-Tama
215 W 9th Street – Tama – Iowa 52339 – Ph (641) 754-1348
Kirkwood Community College (Benton County Center)
111 West 3rd Street – Vinton – Iowa 52349 – Ph (319) 398-5456
For detailed information about the HiSET exam in Iowa (cost, prep options, eligibility criteria, scoring method, etc), go to GED in Iowa.
Who Qualifies For GED-HiSET Testing?
The High School Equivalency (HSE) exam is targeted towards persons who have not completed their high school education. The diploma that you get upon successfully completing the HiSET exam is equivalent to a standard high school diploma. The HSE diploma is all over America recognized by academic institutions and employers.
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