The specific purpose of the GED Test is the measurement of the educational development of adults who have not completed their formal high school education. Adults may earn a High School Equivalency Certificate and thus qualify for admission to colleges or other educational institutions, meet educational requirements for employment or promotion, satisfy educational qualifications for induction into the armed services, fulfill requirements of local or state licensing boards, or gain personal satisfaction.


An individual is eligible to take the GED® Test given they meet all of the following conditions:

  • 18 years of age or older*
  • does not have a high school diploma or high school equivalency credential and is not currently enrolled in a secondary school
  • is a resident of the State of Illinois

Note: *If an individual is 17 years old and has been enrolled in a public, private, or a home school setting in the last 12 months, they must present a withdrawal letter from the last school enrolled in before taking the GED® tests.

Withdrawal letters must be on school letterhead and signed by a school official, must include the candidate’s full name and date of birth, and must include the formal withdrawal date/last date of attendance. Transcripts are not acceptable as proof of withdrawal unless they include a formal withdrawal date and the signature of a school official.

If home schooled, the candidate must provide a letter from the person responsible for the home schooling [e.g., instructor, tutor, parent, guardian, etc.] stating the program has been completed, the individual is no longer required to be home schooled, and the individual has been cleared to take the GED® exam. The letter should include the candidate’s full name and date of birth. Letters from home schooled students must include a physical signature from the individual responsible for the home schooling.

Proof of withdrawal can be emailed to or faxed to 217-558-6700.

Candidates will receive an email to the email address used on their GED® account once the alert has been cleared.

16 year olds are not eligible to take a high school equivalency exam unless currently enrolled in a Regional Safe Schools Program, an Alternative Learning Opportunities Program, or the Lincoln’s Challenge Academy. Those programs must petition on the student’s behalf for the student to be approved to take a high school equivalency test.



You can register online to take the GED Test at Although registration is done online, the tests will actually be administered on computer at an official GED testing site that you select during registration.  Testing fees must be paid at the time of scheduling.

For more information regarding registration, download the How To Guide for MyGED or contact Pearson VUE at 1-877-392-6433 (1-877-EXAM-GED).



The cost to take the GED test is $30 per test module. A total of 4 test modules comprise the GED Test. Test fees must be paid online at the time of registration.



The 2014 GED Test consists of four content areas:

Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA)

  • Test Topics:
    • Reading for Meaning
    • Identifying and Creating Arguments
    • Grammar and Language
  • Test Time:
    • 150 minutes total
    • 10 minute break between parts 2 and 3
    • 45 minutes for the extended response/written essay

Mathematical Reasoning

  • Test Topics:
    • Basic Math
    • Geometry
    • Basic Algebra
    • Graphs and Functions
  • Test Time:
    • 115 minutes
    • Short break between parts 1 and 2


  • Test Topics:
    • Reading for Meaning in Science
    • Designing and Interpreting Science Experiments
    • Using Numbers and Graphs in Science
  • Test Time:
    • 90 minutes
    • No breaks

Social Studies

  • Test Topics:
    • Reading for Meaning in Social Studies
    • Analyzing Historical Events and Arguments in Social Studies
    • Using Numbers and Graphs in Social Studies
  • Test Time:
    • 70 minutes
    • No breaks


Tests are administered in English and Spanish. Candidates may mix and match the English and Spanish language options.

Testing fees must be paid online at the time of registration. Testing sites are unable to take payment for exams directly from test takers on test day.

You can test three times on each subject without waiting. After the third attempt, you must wait 60 days before each subsequent attempt.



Not all individuals can be fairly tested under standard conditions. If you have a documented learning, physical or emotional disability, you may qualify for accommodations for a GED® test administration. If approved, accommodations are provided at no additional charge.

For information on how to request accommodations for the 2014 GED® tests, visit or email:

Accommodation forms and supporting documentation can be faxed directly to GED® Testing Service at Fax: 202-464-4894.



GED® preparation classes are offered free of charge at local adult education programs. For more information call 1-800-321-9511 or you can visit the Program Locator. GED® study materials are also available through the MyGED® portal at



The Illinois Community College board has suspended the administration of the U.S. and Illinois State Constitution and Flag Test effective February 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. Please click the link below to learn more about this suspension and what it means for you.

U.S. and Illinois State Constitution and Flag Test





Illinois HSE Administrator’s Office Contact Information
Telephone: 217-558-5668
Fax: 217-558-6700