In order to earn an Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate, you must take and pass the U.S. and Illinois State Constitution and Flag Test (“Constitution Test”) as required by Illinois Compiled Statutes – School Code (105 ILCS 5/27-3) in addition to completion of a high school equivalency exam (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC™) or a transcript-based Alternative Method of Credentialing. There is no fee to take the Constitution Test and it may be taken at any time.
If you have already passed the high school level Constitution Test, you do not need to take it again. You can simply provide proof of passing to your Regional Office of Education when requesting your High School Equivalency Certificate.
Provisional Waiver for the Constitution Test Requirements.
Regional Offices of Education and local adult education programs offering the U.S. and Illinois State Constitution and Flag Test (“Constitution Test”) are also eligible to resume testing, following the ICCB guidelines for safely reopening available here.
A map of test centers known to be accepting appointments for the Constitution Test is located here. Candidates needing to complete the Constitution Test may also contact their local Regional Office of Education for information about testing in their region. Cook County residents can find information on taking the Constitution Test in the Cook County region on the Cook County website.
During the period of time in which testing for the Constitution Test may be limited, the ICCB has extended its provisional waiver of the Constitution Test requirement. Test takers who have already completed and passed their GED®, HiSET®, or TASC™ exam, but are unable to complete the Constitution Test requirement, may request a copy of the provisional waiver from their Regional Office of Education through January 31, 2021. After receiving a provisional waiver, high school equivalency candidates have through April 30, 2021 to complete the Constitution Test requirement and receive their Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate. Candidates are strongly encouraged to complete the Constitution Test requirement as soon as possible in order to obtain their Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate.
Test-Takers should contact the Regional Office of Education where their exam was taken for a copy of this provisional waiver. To locate the appropriate office, click on the following link: http://iccbdbsrv.iccb.org/roesearch/citysearch.cfm.
Test takers in the Cook County area should contact the Cook County High School Equivalency Records Office at email@example.com.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the ICCB at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONSTITUTION TEST PREPARATION
The Constitution Study Guide of the United States and State of Illinois can be downloaded here for FREE.
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 email@example.com.
Illinois HSE Administrator’s Office Contact Information