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Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Literacy

ABE Courses

How to get started with ABE courses.

Adult Basic Education provides instruction in basic reading, writing and mathematics for students who have not completed a high school diploma. Students are pre-tested and placed in appropriate instructional levels.

Adult Basic Education courses are sponsored by the Illinois Community College Board and are tuition free to all students EXCEPT international students on F-1 visas.

Note: These courses do not apply to any associate degree or career certificate program.

Important Notice

Seats are assigned on the basis of students' test scores and class availability; taking the placement test does not guarantee a seat in a class.

How to Get Started

Fill out a Student Admission Form and make an appointment to take the placement test by calling (847) 543-2021.

For Current Students

Priority registration should be used by students who are currently attending classes and would like to enroll for the following semester. Once we verify this information, your request will be confirmed.


Contact the Adult Basic Education, GED & ESL Division.

Literacy Tutoring

Literacy tutoring (one-to-one individualized instruction) in reading, writing, and math is provided by The Literacy Program of Lake County: a partnership of CLC, the Waukegan Public Library, and the Literacy Volunteers of Lake County. Volunteer tutors are provided for students enrolled in Adult Education classes and for non-students who need to improve their basic skills. For information about getting a tutor, please call (847) 543-2327.