The state of Illinois uses the new computer-formatted GED® exam for its high school equivalency testing but also introduced the HiSET and TASC alternatives.
So there three options to earn your Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate.
Don’t forget to check our article about how to sign up for your GED exam with the online portal MyGED.
The GED exam contains four separate tests (modules) that you can take one by one (or more if you want) within a time frame of two years.
The four GED tests are in the fields of Social Studies, Math, Literacy, and Science.
In early 2016, it was decided to reduce the GED passing score to 145 for each subtest (down from 150). You can read more here.
TASC and HiSET exams are scored differently and have five subtests (Literacy has separate reading and writing tests).
Illinois requires test takers also to pass the state’s U.S. Constitution Test.
Online testing is NO option
There are numerous locations in Illinois where GED prep courses are offered that will make you optimally prepared to take the new GED exam confidently. Mind you that, in order to take the high school equivalency test, you need to go personally to a testing site, the exam is just not offered online.
GED Classes in and around (choose your nearest city):
- Arlington Heights
- Blue Island
- Mount Vernon
The GED credential is recognized as equivalent to a high school diploma by recruiters, government agencies, and colleges all across the United States. Getting the GED certificate is important for individuals who, for whatever reason, never finished high school, and gives them a second chance to obtain a comparable diploma. The GED credential gives them the chance to get a job, to improve their current employment, and get a college education.
Illinois GED requirements
The minimum age in Illinois is 17. For 16 year old’s there are restrictions. See your nearest testing site.
GED exam fee: $120 (computer based), HiSET and TASC is cheaper.
GED Retesting: $30 per subject.
In Illinois, you MUST be a state resident.
There is no requirement to first take a GED practice test, but you need to first pass the Illinois Constitution test.
You must not have a high school degree and you don’t attend another program.
Illinois GED testing centers
Waubonsee Comm College – 5 E Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL 60506, 630-801-7900
Regional Off of Education – 826 N Broad St, Carlinville, IL 62626, 217-854-4016
Lighthouse for the Blind – 1850 West Roosevelt, Chicago, IL 60608, 312-666-1331
Int’l Academy of Design and Technology – 1 N State St, Chicago, IL 60602, 312-980-9200
City Colleges of Chicago, Kennedy-King Coll – 747 W 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60621, 773-451-2155
Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps – 3348 S Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60623, 773-890-3100
Richard J. Daley College – 7500 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60652-3011, 773-838-7774
Safer Foundation Youth Empowerment Program – 609 W Adams, Chicago, IL 60661, 773-638-8480
St. Augustine College – 1333-45 W Argyle, Chicago, IL 60640, 773-276-9196
Truman College – 1145 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640, 793-907-4732
Wilbur Wright College – 4300 N Narragansett, Chicago, IL 60634, 773-481-8450
Prairie State College – 202 S Halsted St, Chicago Heights, IL 60411, 708-709-3500
Morton College – 3801 S Central Ave, Cicero, IL 60804, 708-656-8000
McHenry Co College – 8900 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, IL 60012, 815-455-3700
Macon-Piatt Regional Office of Ed. – 1690 Huston Drive, Decatur, IL 62526, 217-872-3721
Lee-Ogle Regional Office of Education – 7772 Clinton St, Dixon, IL 61021, 815-652-2054
Sauk Valley Comm College – 173 IL Route 2, Dixon, IL 61021, 815-835-6301
Community College – 1700 Spartan Dr, Elgin, IL 60123, 847-214-7825
Illinois Comm College Board – 1007 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201, 847-328-9795
Carl Sandburg College – 2400 Tom L. Wilson Boulevard, Galesburg, IL 61401, 309-341-5323
Black Hawk College East – 26230 Black Hawk Rd, Galva, IL 61434, 309-854-1700
Kane County Regional Off of Education – 210 South 6th St, Geneva, IL 60134, 630-232-5957
College of DuPage – 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, 630-942-2852
College of Lake Co – 19351 W Washington St, Grayslake, IL 60030, 847-543-2076
Christian-Montgomery Regional Off of Education – 203 S Main St, Hillsboro, IL 62049, 217-532-9591
Brown-Cass-Morgan Reg Off of Education – 110 N West Street, Jacksonville, IL 62650, 217-243-1804
Reg Superintendent’s Office – 257 W Lincoln Ave, Lewistown, IL 61542, 309-518-8029
Heartland Comm. Coll. – 620 Broadway St, Lincoln, IL 62656, 217-735-1731
Kishwaukee College – 21193 Malta Rd, Malta, IL 60150-9699, 815-825-2086
JJC Morris Education Ctr – 1715 N Division, Morris, IL 60450, 815-942-1552
Will County Regional Off. of Education – 702 W Maple St, New Lenox, IL 60451, 815-740-8360
Heartland Comm. Coll. – 1500 W Raab Rd, Normal, IL 61761, 309-268-8180
Illinois Valley Comm College – 815 N Orlando Smith Ave, Oglesby, IL 61348, 815-224-2720
William Rainey Harper Coll. – 1200 W Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067, 847-925-6615
Moraine Valley Comm College – 10900 S 88th Ave, Palos Hills, IL 60465, 708-974-5249
Regional Off. of Education – 414 Court St, Ste 100, Pekin, IL 61554, 309-477-2290
Heartland Comm. Coll. – 211 E Madison St, | Pontiac | IL 61764, 815-842-6777
S Suburban College – 15800 S State St, South Holland, IL 60473, 708-596-2000
Lanphier HS GED testing | 1300 N Eleventh St | Springfield | IL 62702 | 217.525.3080
Whiteside Reg. Off. of Education – 1001 W 23rd Street, Sterling, IL 61081, 815-625-1495
Regional Superintendent of Schools – 500 N Rush St, Stockton, IL 61085-1033, 815-947-3810
Questions? Call Illinois state’s office at: 217-558-5668
Are adjustments required? This is the link to our contact page.
GED – How to start
If you want to sign up for the GED exam you cannot already have a secondary education credential or be registered for a school program. Contact your nearest GED prep or testing site to find out if you can enroll in the GED program.
By the time you think you are ready to take on the GED test(s), go to MyGED at GED.com where you will be guided through the entire process. On taking the exam, be sure to be totally prepared. A pretty effective way to get all set is also available through this website: video lessons that cost you nothing!
One GED subtest at a time
The GED exam contains four independent sub-test. You can take one of these four tests (on Math, Social Studies, Science, and Literacy) when you optimally prepared within a two-year time frame. This does not apply to TASC or HiSET. Come to the GED exam prepared, take it confidently, and earn your GED credential. To obtain your Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate, you also need to pass the high school-level United States and State of Illinois Constitution exam, or present proof completion.
At your community bookstore, they surely have preparation materials, and you can find as well a lot of GED prep classes that offer preparation in your area often free of charge. Just check an area by clicking on a major city near you in the above list. This website also offers great and free online GED video instruction.
GED vs. HiSET/TASC
The Illinois Community College Board has approved that the HiSET and TASC exams can also be used in the state. The HiSET and TASC exams are available in both paper-delivered and computer-based formats and are less costly than the GED exam. After passing the four GED tests (or the five HiSET or TASC tests), and the Illinois Constitution Test, you’ll be awarded the Illinois HSE (high school equivalency) Certificate. This credential will surely help improve your life as it allows for continued education in college, and offers better job opportunities. This page lists all facilities in key Illinois areas where you can attend GED courses to get ready for the exam. Choose a city near you.
Lowered GED passing score
On the new GED exam, you needed to score a minimum of 150 points on each of the four sections, but that score was reduced to 145 in January 2016. So now you need to score at least 580 points in total (read more here). In Illinois, you additionally must pass the “United States and State of Illinois Constitution” test. Successful test takers are also required to pay a $10 administrative fee to receive their certificate. The HiSET requires you to score (on a 1–20 score scale) at 8 points on each of the five sub-tests and a combined score of no less than 45. Your essay must have a minimum score of 2 points. The TASC exam is scored differently.
What is on the GED exam
The latest version of the GED exam is very different from the 2002 Series, the former testing system. The new exam is computer-formatted and will take about 7 1/2 hours to complete, but you can take one of the four tests at a time. The much-needed revision of the GED exam has aligned it again with contemporary high school standards, university requirements, and industry demands. The overhaul resulted in the fact that now a GED certificate is credible again as a true high school degree equivalency.
GED timed exam
The difficulty level of the new GED exam is comparable to that of a current high school diploma. Multiple-choice has for the greater part disappeared in favor of essay-based answering. Critical reasoning and problem-solving are the focus elements of the new GED exam.
At the 2014 version of the GED exam, you are allowed the following time: Language Arts: 150 minutes including a short break, Mathematical Reasoning: 115 minutes, Science: 90 minutes, and Social Studies: 70 minutes. The HiSET and TASC exams have five tests that cannot be taken individually. The Language Arts section has separate reading and writing tests.
Are GED-HiSET-TASC prep classes free?
All across the state of Illinois, you can find GED preparation classes that are mostly free of charge. More information and practice tests are available at GED.com, but our website also includes free GED practice tests. A great advantage of the new GED test is that you can register and schedule your tests online. Go to GED.com, or call 1-877-392-6433.
There is no need to take the complete exam at once. You can take each of the four tests individually and on different dates, or you can choose to take more modules on the same day. The Illinois GED test fee is $30 per module, and as we’ve seen, there are four modules. In Illinois, you additionally have to pay for administrative costs.
From September 2016 onward, three versions of the HSE (high school equivalency) exam will be available in Illinois, though not at all testing centers. The ICCB announced that some testing sites are now offering multiple combinations of choices. The new GED test costs $120 and offers practically immediate scoring results. The HiSET test and the TASC are available in computer-based and paper versions cost respectively $90 and $92 in Illinois.