Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education (ABE) is a free educational program designed to help adults who are lacking a high school diploma build their reading, writing, math and problem-solving skills. For many this is the first step toward obtaining their GED certificate. Classes meet three-to-six hours per week and are offered at locations throughout the district.

General Educational Development (GED)
Free GED preparation classes prepare adults that lack a high school diploma to successfully pass the GED tests and earn a high school equivalency certificate. Classes offer integrated instruction in the five areas covered on the GED tests: social studies, science, interpreting literature and the arts, mathematics and writing. Separate classes are available to prepare students to pass the U.S. and Illinois Constitution tests.

Online classes are available to qualified students.

All students must take the TABE placement test and attend a short orientation/intake session prior to registration. Placement testing, orientation and registration take approximately 2 ½ hours. Children are not allowed in the testing room so please plan ahead.

Testing and registration is offered at the following locations. Please call specific location for hours of availability.

Glen Ellyn Campus
(630) 942-2400

Carol Stream Center
(630) 942-4888

Naperville Center
(630) 942-4700

Westmont Center
(630) 942-4800

Spanish GED
Free GED preparation classes prepare Spanish speaking adults who lack a high school diploma to successfully pass the GED tests and earn a high school equivalency.

Registration is offered in class. Call (630) 942-3697 for more information.


Contact Information

Adult Education and ESL Office
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-3697
Fax: (630) 942-3804

Summer Hours:

(through Friday, Aug. 12)
Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday through Sunday: closed


  • For the purpose of compliance with Public Law 101-166 (The Stevens Amendment) approximately 26% of the College of DuPage ABE/GED/ESL programs are federally funded.