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 email@example.com 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.
You can register online to take the GED Test at ged.com. 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) (150 minutes)
- Section 1 (27 minutes*)
- Section 2 (45 minutes)
- Student Break (10 minutes)
- Section 3 (60 minutes*)
* The time allotted for sections 1 and 3 may vary slightly, but the total test time will always be 150 minutes.
- Mathematical Reasoning (115 minutes)
- Part 1 (first 5 test questions) calculator not allowed
- Part 2 – (remaining 41 test questions) calculator allowed
- Science (90 minutes)
- Social Studies 90 minutes)
- Section 1 (65 minutes)
- Section 2 (25 minutes)
Tests are administered in English and Spanish
You can test three times on each subject without waiting. After the third attempt, you must wait 60 days before each subsequent attempt until the end of the calendar year.
GED® TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS
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 www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/computer-accommodations or email:
Accommodation forms and supporting documentation can be faxed directly to GED® Testing Service at Fax: 202-464-4894.
GED TEST PREPARATION
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 GED.com.
CONSTITUTION TEST REQUIREMENT
In order to earn an Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate, you must take and pass the Constitution test as required by Illinois Compiled Statutes – School Code (105 ILCS 5/27-3) in addition to passing the four parts of the GED test. There is no fee to take the Constitution Test and it may be taken at any time.
CONSTITUTION TEST PREPARATION
Or you can order a printed copy directly from Curriculum Publications Clearinghouse by calling 1-800-322-3905.
Please contact your local Regional Office of Education* for more information about scheduling the Constitution Test.
*Cook County residents should contact the Cook County HSE Records Office at 312-814-4488 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Illinois HSE Administrator’s Office Contact Information