Our wide variety of Adult Learning Groups are held weekly throughout the year. You are welcome to start attending at any time! Check the online calendar or call 708-795-8000 ext 6328 for the current schedule.
- Citizenship Study Group
- Computer Basics
- ESL Study Group - Beginner Speaking*
- ESL Basic Writing**
- GED Study Group - Math and Language Arts*
Our informal small group tutoring is offered in a drop-in format; no registration needed. Students may start attending at any time of the year; placement tests may be required on the day of first attendance. Groups are led by library staff members and volunteer tutors from our community .
Studying with us is free. Study materials are availabel for checkout to anyone with a current library card from a RAILS member library .
Technology in all of our groups is made possible through a grant from the American Library Association and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Many thanks to the Friends of the Berwyn Public Library for their ongoing support.
*hosted by the Library with support from Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County
**hosted by Project CARE of Morton College
offers thousands of lessons, quizzes, tests and subjects to explore, including state-aligned skills building, test preparation and writing assistance. Have a difficult homework question or need help mastering a concept? Get one-on-one help with an online tutor every day after school. Includes tutoring for Spanish speakers.
offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. As a Berwyn library card holder you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.
empowers adult learners with a simple, streamlined approach for learning how to read. Learners are provided with an instructional framework that allows them to decode the majority of words in the English language: 42 Sounds of the Alphabet, 5 Phonetic Skills, and 2 Decoding Skills. These skills are learned through an explicit, systematic, and multi-sensory approach that is based in Orton-Gillingham principles of instruction. To register, send an email request to Esther at firstname.lastname@example.org.
is an online curriculum for adults. Subjects include Reading, Langauge Arts (Writing), Science, and Social Studies. Think60 can be accessed by any internet device, even smartphones! The content is made for learners at reading levels 4-9. Unsure of your reading level? Contact Esther at (708) 749-6328 or by email at email@example.com to register for Think60 or to schedule a reading test.
Transparent Language Online
is a unique application that bridges the gap between learning a language online and using that language in the real world by allowing users to do both in one program. It features a scientifically-proven methodology, a wide variety of high-quality learning material, and seamless integration of real-life language use by native speakers - all packaged together in an easy-to-use interface that can be accessed at any time and from any computer with Internet access.
Pearson VUE GED® Testing
1) Where can I find information about the new GED® test?
You can find official information for the state of Illinois here
. It includes all the basic information about the GED®, including cost and additional requirements specific to our state.
2) Where can I take the GED® test?
There are 2 testing centers in our local area. You may search for additional testing centers here
. To register for the GED test, set up your free profile at GED.com
Berwyn Public Library, 2701 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn, IL 60402 map
Note: There are two parking lots on opposite sides of Riverside Drive. The library is also accessible by Pace Bus Route 307. The entrance to the library is located in the back of the building and faces the parking lot on the west side of Riverside Dr. The testing center is on the 2nd floor of the Library in Learning Lab 2. Check in at the AudioVisual desk on the 2nd floor and take a seat in the Literacy Center. Your proctor will call your name when ready.
There is only one testing station at this facility. Testing hours are generally provided Tuesday through Saturday, from 1:30-4:30 p.m., and additional mornings and evenings as staffing is available. When scheduling your test, if you don't see the Library as an option it means that someone has already registered for that day. Try changing your date if the Berwyn Library is your preferred location. At this time, we do not offer personalized scheduling; everyone must use the GED.com website.
Morton College, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero, IL 60804, map
Note: The large parking lot south of the main driveway is open parking for all. DO NOT park in the two small lots closest to the buildings as this is permit parking only; parking lot attendants issue tickets in these two lots.
3) Where can I take the constitution test?
There are fewer locations for the constitution test than the GED® test itself. You can find a list of the locations with contact information here
, and an online study guide is available here
. We recommend taking your constitution test at Malcolm X College because they offer drop-in testing:
Malcolm X College, 1900 West Van Buren Street, Chicago IL 60612 (773) 850-7277 map
Mondays, Wednesdays | 1 pm | Arrive 15 min. early for check-in | Bring a non-expired photo ID with IL address
4) How should I study for the GED®?
It is now possible to study for and take the GED® test one subject at a time. We strongly recommend this approach.
We also recommend taking the official GED Ready Practice Test for each subject from within your GED.com profile before you register for a subject test. The practice test estimates your score and shows you which skills you need to improve so you can pass each test the first time you take it.
You can access the practice tests from the My Scores section of your GED.com profile, just below the area where your actual scores will be seen. Read more about practice tests
5) Can I study online?
Yes. We recommend using the i-Pathways Online Program through Morton College. i-Pathways courses provide online preparation for the GED test. After completing the placement exam, learners who are qualified to enroll in the i-Pathways Online Program will be notified and provided with registration information.
Morton College receives state and federal funding that allows them to offer i-Pathways classes at a nominal fee of $3.00 per credit hour. To schedule your placement exam, please call Morton College at (708) 656-8000 ext. 2407. For more information about Morton College's program, please visit their website
6) Need help with studying?
No problem. We offer two study groups each week:
Wednesday mornings, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
There is no registration; start anytime. If it is the week of a holiday, contact us to verify that the groups are still meeting. Check our calendar
to see if the group is listed on a particular day. If not, we will not be meeting. We will meet on the next day listed. Studying with us is free
. You may borrow materials with your library card from a RAILS member library
. You can attend classes anywhere and still attend our study groups for more help.
7) How do I schedule my first GED® test?
Take a look at this PDF
, which guides you through the entire process of creating an account, scheduling your tests, and viewing your scores.
8) Once I've passed all 4 GED® tests and the constitution test, how do I get my certificate?