The Illinois State Constitution Requirement

As of July 1, 2022, the Constitution requirement for awarding the Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate returns. It was previously suspended due to the COVID-19 virus and the limited access to testing. In order to complete the requirement, a test-taker will only need to complete the new State of Illinois Constitution Module.
The new online Illinois Constitution Module (Constitution Module) is available beginning July 1 at http://ilconstitution.org/. It is estimated it will take two hours for a student to complete. It is available for HSE candidates to take independently and does not require proctoring at a testing center. Testing Centers will no longer offer the previous Constitution Test. After completion of the Constitution Module, completers will be asked to provide information about themselves that will be used to match the completion with HSE records in the Illinois High School Equivalency Portal. Completers will also be able to print or download a certificate showing the completion.

A student who completed the previous Constitution Test or can demonstrate passing the Constitution Test in high school does not need to complete the Constitution Module.

The suspension of the Constitution Test requirement between February 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 means:

  • Anyone who completed and passed an ICCB-approved high school equivalency exam (GED® or HiSET®) based on the State of Illinois requirements between February 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 will be issued an Illinois High School Equivalency (ILHSE) Certificate without the need to complete the Constitution requirement.
  • Anyone who completed and passed a high school equivalency exam (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC™) but did not pass the constitution test prior to February 1, 2021, will be issued an Illinois High School Equivalency (ILHSE) Certificate upon request without the need to complete the Constitution requirement

High school equivalency records are held at the county level in Illinois. To request copies of an official transcript or Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate, candidates must contact the Regional Office of Education for the county where the test was taken.

High school equivalency candidates may find the appropriate Regional Office of Education to contact by searching our ROE locator at: http://iccbdbsrv.iccb.org/roesearch/citysearch.cfm

If you have any questions, please contact the ICCB at: iccb.hse@illinois.gov

 
About the Illinois State Constitution Module

In order to earn an Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate, candidates were historically required to 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.

As of February 1, 2021, administration of the old Constitution Test was suspended. However, adult education programs may continue to utilize the Constitution Test as part of their civics curricula.

As of July 1, 2022, the new online Constitution Module will be used by students to complete the constitution requirement to earn their high school equivalency.