GED & Testing

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 GED 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. If homeschooled, they must also provide a letter from the person responsible for the homeschooling [e.g., instructor, tutor, parent, guardian, etc.] stating the program has been completed, the individual is no longer required to be homeschooled, and the individual has been cleared to take the GED® exam.  Proof of withdrawal can be emailed to ilhseiccb@iccb.state.il.us or faxed to 217-558-6700.

 

The General Educational Development (GED®) 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:

1.       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.

2.       Mathematical Reasoning (115 minutes)

  • Part 1 (first 5 test questions) calculator not allowed
  • Part 2 – (remaining 41 test questions) calculator allowed

3.       Science (90 minutes)

4.       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:
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.

 

GED preparation classes are available at Illinois Central College (ICC): 

 

 

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

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.

 

 

GED Transcripts and Certificates

  • Click for GED Transcript Request Form
  • High School Equivalency Certificate cost is $10
  • Transcript cost is $8 through June 30, 2018 (after which it will increase to $10.00)  
    • Personal or district check, cash, money orders, or credit debit card (except American Express) are accepted forms of payment.
  • Payment to Regional Office of Education upon successful completion of all four sections

 

Please note that the Regional Office does not have records for students who graduated from high school, those records are held locally at the schools.

 

Note: The Regional Office of Education does not have GED records for tests taken at the Federal Correctional Institution in Pekin.

 In order to obtain those records, please go to:

 http://www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/gedrequest-a-transcript

 ..and select the FBOP link under Prisons.  Third parties looking for verification can complete the online form at the top of the link's page for more information.


 


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