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.

ELIGIBILITY

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 ilhseiccb@iccb.state.il.us or faxed to 217-558-6700.

Candidates will receive an email to the email address used on their GED/HiSET/TASC] 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.

 

REGISTRATION

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).

 

COST

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.

 

TEST CONTENTS

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

Science

  • 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

Social Studies

  • Test Topics:
    • Reading for Meaning in Science
    • Designing and Interpreting Science Experiments
    • Using Numbers and Graphs in Science
  • Test Time:
    • 90 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.

 

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:
accommodations@gedtestingservice.com.

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

The Constitution Study Guide of the United States and State of Illinois can be downloaded here: CSG English or CSG Spanish

Students can purchase a single copy of a Constitution Study Guide by following the directions below:

  • Send a check or money order in the amount of $5.15 to: CPC, 1 University Circle, Horrabin Hall 71B, Macomb, IL 61455.
  • Include a note in the envelope indicating the preferred language of the study guide (Spanish or English) along with the address to which you would like the study guide sent.
  • Allow 10 days for delivery.
  • If you wish to use a debit/credit card, please call (309) 756-2194 ext. 2 to place your order and make payment.

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 customerservice@cookcountyhse.org

 

ORDERING GED® TRANSCRIPTS AND/OR HSE CERTIFICATES

 

 


Illinois HSE Administrator’s Office Contact Information
Telephone: 217-558-5668
Fax: 217-558-6700
Email: ilhseiccb@iccb.state.il.us