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Use the links below to find out about your local testing center rules and requirements. If you’re still looking for information, visit your state’s GED® testing program website to learn more, or go back to the main map.

 

State Requirements

Price & Payment

Registration & Scheduling

Test Scores

Retake Policies

GED® Test Credential

Different Languages

 

State Requirements (top)

How old do I need to be to take the test (without exceptions)?

In Illinois, the minimum age required to take the GED® test without restriction is 18 years old.  Seventeen year olds are allowed to test but, they must provide a withdrawal letter from the last school attended.  (If homeschooled, they must provide a letter from the person responsible for the homeschooling [e.g., parent, guardian, instructor, etc.]  stating that the program has been completed.)  Proof of withdrawal may be emailed to leann.arsenault@illinois.gov or faxed to  217-558-6700.

I’m underage. What do I need to do to take the test?

This rule changes based on which state you’re taking the test. In Illinois, you can be 16 and take the GED® test if you have the following exception:

In Illinois, a 16-year-old test-taker must be enrolled in the Lincoln’s challenge program or ALOP through their local Regional Office of Education.  

Do I need to take a class or receive instruction before I can take the test?

No, Illinois doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom. However, studying in a classroom setting is a good opportunity to get up to speed on the topics and areas you’ll find on the GED® test.  

Where can I find an adult education center?

Finding an adult education center is easy. Enter your ZIP code in our locator tool and we’ll show you the adult education centers closest to you.

Do I have to take the practice test before testing?

No, you’re not required to take the Official GED Practice Test™ before taking the test. However, the Official GED Practice Test™ is available at GEDmarketplace.com and is a good measure to see if you’re ready to take the GED® test or not.

Do I need to prove I’m a resident of Illinois to take the test?

Yes, in Illinois you’re required to be a resident for 30 days or more.  

The closest testing center is in a different state.  Can I take the exam there?

Some states allow people who don’t live there to take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that you’re interested to test in.

Sorry, Illinois doesn’t allow people to take the test there unless they can prove residency.  

Are there any additional state requirements for me to pass my GED® test?

Yes, in Illinois you’re required to pass the high school-level constitution test. To learn more about that requirement, please call your state’s office at (217) 558-5668.

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

Illinois charges $30 per module for the GED® test.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
  • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test)
  • States and testing centers can choose to waive their fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

Registration & Scheduling (top)

Can I take all of the parts at once or do I need to setup different appointment times?

Yes, in Illinois you can take all test parts in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

What happens if I move to a different state in the middle of testing? Can I continue testing in my new state or do I have to start all over?

It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement.  Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator™ in that state with questions.

In Illinois you’re required to be a resident to take the test there.  

Once I start testing, is there a time limit for me to finish all four subjects before my scores begin to expire?

This depends on the state you’re testing in. In Illinois you have no time limit from the moment you take the first test until you’ve finished all four.  

Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

Illinois test-takers need to score a 150 minimum on each test and 600 on the entire test battery (all four parts combined).  

  • Below Passing: 100-149
  • GED® Passing Score: 150-169
  • GED® Honors Score: 170-200

Retake Policies (top)

If I don’t pass, how long do I have to wait before taking the test again?

In Illinois, there is no waiting period if you do not pass a subject area test the first time. After taking a test subject 3 times, you'll have to wait 60 days before retesting. There's no limit to how many times you can test in a year.  

Retake rules are enforced for students retesting in different languages. For example, if you take an English test three times, then move to a Spanish test, the GED Testing Service 60-day wait period is enforced. If a state has additional retesting requirements, these requirements will also be enforced.

Are there any other requirements before I take a re-test?

No, but you are encouraged to receive adult basic education (ABE) instruction and re-testing referral from an instructor. Finding an adult education center is easy. Enter your ZIP code in our locator tool and we’ll show you the closest learning centers to you.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
  • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test)
  • States and testing centers can choose to waive their fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

Why can’t I re-test the subject that I failed?

Some states require people to finish taking all four subjects before being allowed to re-test in the areas that weren’t passed. In Illinois, you are required to finish the entire test before re-testing in any subjects.

GED® Test Credential (top)

I took and passed the test but the jurisdiction won’t issue my diploma. Can you help me?

Sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with your diploma. Have you contacted your local testing center or state administrator yet?

My guess is that there may be additional requirements that you need to meet. You can call your state’s office at (217) 558-5668.

After I start taking the exam modules, how much time do I have to complete all of them to get credentialed?

This depends on the state you’re testing in. In Illinois you have no time limit to complete all four content areas.  

I want to order a copy of my transcript and/or diploma.

To request additional transcripts or diplomas in Illinois, complete the English or Spanish request form and submit it with a money order or cashier’s check: 

Cook County GED Testing Program
Illinois Community College Board-GED
Post Office Box 88725
Chicago, IL 60680-1725

The above information is for Cook County Residents only. Cook County residents should contact the Cook County GED Testing Program at:   http://www.cookcountyged.org/      or call 1-847-328-9795.

To request transcripts and/or certificates in Illinois, with the exception of Cook County, you must contact the Regional Office of Education for the county of your residence at the time of testing completion. To locate the appropriate GED records office in Illinois, visit the ROE locator at:     http://iccbdbsrv.iccb.org/roesearch/home.cfm  or call 217-558-5668.

 

The cost is:

$3.00 each - Transcript
$10.00 each – Certificate

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In Illinois the credential is called the Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate.


GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

Yes, in Illinois you can take the GED® test in Spanish.

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact Illinois’s state office at (217) 558-5668.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

No. There is no French language version of the 2014 GED® Test.

 

Am I allowed to combine different language versions of the test together?

Yes, Illinois residents are allowed to combine different language versions of the GED® test. You can combine different language versions of the tests together to earn your credential.

Questions? Please contact Illinois’s state office at (217) 558-5668.

Does Illinois have requirements for English as a Second Language (ESL)?

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction can help any non-native English speaker, but there aren’t any requirements for ESL classes in Illinois.