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.
The GED® exam is available as a computer-based exam to be taken in-person and as an online exam. The information below is for in-person testing. If you are interested in taking the GED® exam online, please refer to the information on this page as requirements may differ.
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 they must present withdrawal documentation before taking the GED® tests.
DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS FOR UNDERAGE TESTING
If an individual is 17 years old, they must present withdrawal documentation to be cleared to test:
- If the candidate was previously enrolled in a public or private high school prior to their HSE test date, the candidate should provide a withdrawal letter from their former high school. Withdrawal letters should 1) be on school letterhead, 2) be physically or digitally signed by a school official, 3) include the candidate’s full name and date of birth, and 4) include the formal withdrawal date/last date of attendance. Transcripts are not acceptable as proof of withdrawal unless they include the candidate’s name and date of birth, a formal withdrawal date, and the physical or digital signature of a school official.
- If withdrawal documentation cannot be provided by the former high school, or the candidate was otherwise not enrolled in high school prior to their HSE test date, the candidate should provide documentation from the local school district or Regional Office of Education serving their area of residence indicating they are not currently enrolled in a public or private high school in their local school district. Such documentation should 1) be on organizational letterhead, 2) be physically or digitally signed by staff of the local school district or Regional Office of Education, 3) include the candidate’s full name and date of birth, 4) include the date the letter was provided, and 5) indicate the candidate is not currently enrolled nor required to be enrolled in a high school in their area of residence.
- If the candidate was homeschooled, the candidate may provide:
- Documentation from the local school district or Regional Office of Education serving their area of residence indicating they are not currently enrolled in a public or private high school in their local school district. Such documentation should 1) be on organizational letterhead, 2) be physically or digitally signed by staff of the local school district or Regional Office of Education, 3) and include the candidate’s full name and date of birth.
- A letter from the relevant homeschooling association or program stating the program has been completed and the individual has been cleared to complete an HSE exam. The letter must include 1) the candidate’s full name and date of birth, 2) the date the letter was written, and 3) a physical or digitally time-stamped signature from staff at the relevant homeschooling association/program responsible for the candidate’s home schooling.
Proof of withdrawal must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or faxed to 217-558-6700. Please allow 3-5 business days for the processing of emailed documentation and 7-10 business days for the processing of faxed documentation.
- Test takers must create a GED® account on ged.com before submitting their withdrawal letter. ICCB staff must be able to locate an account for the student to clear the student to test.
- Candidates should create only one account. If a candidate has created duplicate accounts, ICCB staff may select the account which is cleared to test and/or require the candidate to have the accounts merged.
- Online Testing: To take the GED® test online, test takers must provide the required documentation (above) and complete the GED Ready® practice test and score ‘green’ within the last 60 days prior to the test date for each subject they want to take online.
Candidates will receive an email to the email address used on their GED® account once the alert has been cleared.
Sixteen (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 pursuant to the Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/3-15.12). Those programs must petition on the student’s behalf for the student to be approved to take a high school equivalency test. All other 16 year-olds must wait until they turn 17 to test.
IDENTIFICATION AND RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS
All test takers must present a current (non-expired), government-issued photo identification on test day to take a GED® test. In addition, pursuant to the Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/3-15.12), high school equivalency candidates must be a current Illinois resident in order to take a high school equivalency exam in the State of Illinois.
Test takers are required to provide a form of current (non-expired), government-issued photo identification on their test day to verify their identity. The government-issued photo identification must include the candidate’s full name, date of birth, signature, and photograph. Acceptable forms of identification include a driver’s license, state identification card, foreign identification card (such as a Matricula Consular), passport, or military identification.
If the photo identification card does not indicate an Illinois address, the candidate must also provide proof of residency documentation. Proof of residency documentation must include the candidate’s full name and the candidate’s current Illinois address, and must be dated at least 30 days prior to the test date. Please refer to this document for examples of acceptable proof of residency documentation.
You can register online to take the GED® at ged.com. Although registration is done online, in-person GED® exams will 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.
The cost to take the computer-based, in-person GED® is $30 per test module. A total of 4 test modules comprise the GED®. Test fees must be paid online at the time of registration.
The 2014 Series GED® consists of four content areas:
- Reasoning Through Language Arts – reading comprehension and writing
- Mathematical Reasoning – understanding math concepts, measurements, and equations; and applying math concepts to solve real-life problems
- Science– applying science concepts, knowing how to read charts and graphs displaying scientific data, and using reasoning to interpret scientific information
- Social Studies– applying social studies concepts, knowing how to read graphs and charts displaying social studies data, and using reasoning to interpret social studies information
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 during your exam. If approved, accommodations are provided at no additional charge.
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. Test takers are strongly encouraged to prepare for their exams at a local adult education program.
For more information on GED® preparation classes near you, you may call or text 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
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.
CERTIFICATES AND TRANSCRIPTS
Illinois HSE Administrator’s Office Contact Information