The Illinois Community College Board has authorized several routes by which Illinois residents can obtain an Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate. Candidates may choose to take a high school equivalency exam (GED® or HiSET®), in addition to their U.S. and Illinois State Constitution and Flag Test. Between 2016-2020, a third testing option, the TASC™ exam, was also available in the State of Illinois. Alternatively, candidates who have already completed a significant amount of high school or postsecondary credit may be eligible to participate in a transcript-based Alternative Method of Credentialing. The eligibility and participation guidelines for each high school equivalency option are outlined on the pages linked below.
High School Equivalency Methods
- GED® Test
- GED® Online-Proctored Test (Pilot)
- HiSet® Test
- HiSet® Online Test Option
- Transcript-Based Alternative Methods of Credentialing
- TASC™ Test (No longer available as of December 31, 2020)
U.S. and Illinois State Constitution and Flag Test
The U.S. and Illinois State Constitution and Flag Test is a requirement for all high school equivalency candidates in Illinois, regardless of the high school equivalency method chosen. All high school equivalency candidates must complete and pass this exam before they will be eligible to receive the Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate.
High School Equivalency Records
High school equivalency records are held at the county level in Illinois, by Regional Offices of Education. In order to obtain copies of an Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate or Transcript, or to complete a third-party verification for records, please review the information below.
Illinois HSE Administrator’s Office Contact Information