GED in Illinois

In Illinois, GED hopefuls have the option to take the four GED subtests online or at one of the state’s designates testing facilities.

Illinois uses two options for HSE (high school equivalency) testing, the GED and the HiSET. The HiSET exam is also available in an online format.

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HSE testing gives persons without a high school diploma the chance to acquire an equivalent diploma.

Both options measure academic proficiency at a level comparable to that of high school graduates.

The GED® must be taken on a computer while the HiSET® can be done both on a computer and on paper.

The GED contains four separate tests (modules) that can be taken individually.

The four GED subtests are in the fields of Social Studies, Math, Literacy, and Science.

The HiSET has five subtests (Literacy has separate reading and writing tests) that may also be taken individually.

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Illinois requires test-takers also to pass the state’s U.S. Constitution Test, but this requirement was suspended for the remainder of 2021. The TASC exam is no longer available in Illinois.

Illinois GED testing requirements

The minimum age in Illinois is 18, though 17-year-old’s may qualify as well if they meet some additional criteria. See your nearest testing site.

Applicants 16 years of age cannot take the GED test unless they are enrolled in an Alternative Learning Opportunities Program, a Regional Safe Schools Program, or are signed up for the Lincoln Challenge Academy. The programs are required to petition on applicants’ behalf for them to be approved for GED testing.

GED exam fee: $120 (computer-based), the HiSET exam is are somewhat cheaper, and discounted rates are available (see below).

In Illinois, you MUST be a state resident.

There is no requirement to first take the GED Ready® or another practice test, but you also must pass the U.S. and Illinois Constitution Test. (This requirement was waived, however, for the remainder of 2021).

The constitution test is offered for free and can be taken at an Illinois Regional Office of Education and also at some of the state’s adult education programs.

You cannot already have a high school degree and you don’t attend another educational program.

In Illinois, you can retake a GED subject test two times without any wait time. When you didn’t pass a subtest three times, there’ll be a waiting period of 60 days.

Your first two retakes will set you back just $10 for the GED test center fee but you’ll have to take the retakes within one year otherwise, regular fees will apply again.

GED prep classes in Illinois

You can prepare for the GED test by studying online or you may want to choose a traditional GED prep class in your area. For all options, choose your city or a city near you.

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 an equivalent diploma. The GED credential gives them the chance to get a job, to improve their current employment, and get a college education.

Illinois GED testing centers

Addison
Addison Ed. Ctr (Coll of DuPage, GED) – 301 S Swift Rd – Addison – IL 60101 – Ph: (630) 942.4650
Atkinson
ROE-Henry & Stark (GED or HiSET) – 107 S State St – Atkinson – IL 61235 – Ph: (309) 936.7890
Aurora
Waubonsee Comm. Coll. (GED) – 18 S River St – Aurora – IL 60506 – Ph: (630) 466.5700/801.7900
America Business Coll. (HiSET) – 1731 N Farnsworth Ave – Aurora – IL 60505 – Ph: (773) 417.4900
Belleville
SWIC Belleville (GED) 2500 Carlyle Ave – Belleville – IL 62221 – Ph: (618) 641.4989
Bloomington
ROE-Bloomington (HiSET) – 200 W Front St – Ste 500 D – Bloomington – IL 61701 – Ph: (309) 888.5120
Canton
ROE #26-Canton (GED) – 735 E Locust St – Canton – IL 61520 – Ph: (309) 518.4017
Carbondale
Southern IL University (GED) – 605 Agriculture Dr – Carbondale – IL 62901 – Ph: (618) 453.6003
Southern IL University (GED) – 1840 Innovation Dr (Ste 107) – Carbondale – IL 62903 – Ph: (618) 453.4367
Carlinville
Carlinville ROE #40 (GED) – 225 E Nicolas St – Carlinville – IL 62626 – Ph: (217) 854.4016
Carol Stream
Coll. of DuPage-Carol Stream (GED or HiSET) – 500 Kuhn Rd – Carol Stream – IL 60188 – Ph: (630) 942.4900
Carterville
John A Logan College (GED) – 700 Logan Dr – Carterville – IL 62918 – Ph: (618) 998.1283
Centralia
Kaskaskia College (GED) – 27210 College Rd – Centralia – IL 62801 – Ph: (618) 545.3160
Champaign
Parkland College (GED) – 2400 W Bradley Ave – Champaign – IL 61821 – Ph: (217) 351.2433
Champaign-Ford ROE #9 (GED) – 3358 Big Pine Tr – Champaign – Il 61822 – Ph: (217) 893.3219
Charleston
Regional Off of Education #11 (GED) – 730 7th St – Charleston – IL 61920 – Ph: (217) 348.0151
Chester
Monroe-Randolph ROE #45 (GED) – 1 Taylor St – Chester – IL 62233 – Ph: (618) 826.5471
Chicago
Arturo Velasquez Inst. (HiSET) – 2800 S Western Ave – Chicago – IL 60608 – Ph: (773) 838.7775
Malcolm X Coll. (GED or HiSET) – 1900 W Jackson Blvd – Chicago – IL 60612 – Ph: (312) 850.7238
S Chicago Ed. Ctr (Lab 15, HiSET) – 3055 E 92nd St – Chicago – IL 60617 – Ph: (773) 291.6472
Kennedy-King HiSET Test Ctr – 747 W 63rd St – Chicago – IL 60621 – Ph: (773) 602.5340
Chicago State University (GED) – 9501 S King Dr – Chicago – IL 60628 – Ph: (773) 995.2598
Olive-Harvey Coll. (GED) – 10001 S Woodlawn Ave – Chicago – IL 60628 – Ph: (773) 291.6472
America Business Coll. (GED or HiSET) – 4440 S Pulaski Rd – Chicago – IL 60632 – Ph: (773) 650.1010
Wilbur Wright Coll. (GED or HiSET) – 4300 N Narragansett Ave – Chicago – IL 60634 – Ph: (773) 481.8897/8450
America Business Coll. (GED or HiSET) – 5649 W Fullerton Ave – Chicago – IL 60639 – Ph: (773) 417.4900
Harry S Truman Coll. (GED or HiSET) – 1145 W Wilson Ave – Chicago – IL 60640 – Ph: (773) 907.4889
Richard J. Daley Coll. (GED or HiSET) – 7500 S Pulaski Rd – Chicago – IL 60652 – Ph: (773) 838.7775
Jacob H. Carruthers Ctr (GED) – 700 E Oakwood Blvd – Chicago – IL 60653 – Ph: (773) 256.2034
American Uptown-Chicago Soc. Services (TASC or HiSET) – 2800 W Peterson Ave – Chicago – IL 60659 – Ph: (773) 249.4325
YEP GED Testing – 609 W Adams St – Chicago – IL 60661 – Ph: (312) 575.3270

Chicago Heights
Prairie State Coll. (GED or HiSET) – 202 S Halsted Street – Chicago Heights – IL 60411 – Ph: (708) 709.3507
Cicero
Morton College (GED or HiSET) – 3801 S Central Ave – Cicero – IL 60804 – Ph: (708) 656.8000
America Business Coll (HiSET) – 5713 W Cermak Rd – Cicero – IL 60804 – Ph: (773) 417.4900
Crystal Lake
McHenry Co. College (GED) – 8900 US Hwy 14 – Crystal Lake – IL 60012 – Ph: (815) 455.3700
Danville
Danville Area Comm. Coll. (GED) – 2000 E Main St – Danville – IL 61832 – Ph: (217) 443.3222
Decatur
Richland Comm. Coll. (GED) – 1 College Park – Decatur – IL 62521 – Ph: (217) 875.7200
Macon-Piatt ROE #39 (HiSET) – 1690 Huston Dr – Decatur  – IL 62526 – Ph: (217) 872.3721
DeKalb
ROE #16 (Ste C, GED) – 2500 N Annie Glidden Rd – DeKalb – IL 60115 – Ph: (815) 217.0460
Dixon
Sauk Valley Comm. Coll. (GED) – 173 IL Route 2 – Dixon – IL 61021 – Ph: (815) 835.6530
East Peoria
Illinois Central Coll. (GED) – 1 College Dr – East Peoria – IL 61635 – Ph: (309) 694.5345
East Saint Louis
East St. Louis Senior High (HiSET) – 4901 State St – East St. Louis – IL 62205 – Ph: (618) 646.3700
Effingham
ROE #3 (GED) – 101 N 4th St – Effingham  – IL 62401 – Ph: (217) 342.4363
Elgin
Elgin Comm. Coll. (GED or HiSET) – 1700 Spartan Dr – Elgin – IL 60123 – Ph: (847) 214.7150
Fairfield
Frontier Comm. Coll. (GED) – 2 Frontier Dr –  Fairfield – IL 62837 – Ph: (618) 842.3711
Forest Park
Joseph Business School (GED or HiSET) – 7600 W Roosevelt Rd – Forest Park – IL 60130 – Ph: (708) 697.6200
Freeport
ROE #8 (GED or TASC) – 27 S State Ave – Ste 101 – Freeport – IL 61032 – Ph: (815) 599.1408
Highland Comm. Coll. (GED) – 2998 W Pearl City Rd – Freeport – IL 61032 – Ph: (815) 599.3680
Galesburg
Carl Sandburg Coll. (HiSET) – 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd – Galesburg – IL 61401 – Ph: (309) 341.5323
ROE #33 (GED or HiSET) – 121 S Prairie St – Ste 2 – Galesburg – IL 61401 – Ph: (309) 345.3828
Geneva
Kane County ROE (GED or HiSET) – 28 N 1st St – Geneva – IL 60134 – Ph: (630) 232.5955
Glen Ellyn
Coll. of DuPage (GED or HiSET) – 425 Fawell Blvd – Glen Ellyn – IL 60137 – Ph: (630) 942.2401
Godfrey
Lewis & Clark Comm. Coll. (GED) – 5800 Godfrey Rd – Godfrey – IL 62035 – Ph: (618) 468.5240/5220
Granite City
SWIL Granite City (GED) – 4950 Maryville Rd – Granite City – IL 62040 – Ph: (618) 931.0600
Madison Co. ROE #41 (GED) – 1314 Niedringhaus Ave – Granite City – IL 62040 – Ph: (618) 501.4035
Grayslake
College of Lake Co. (GED or HiSET) – 19351 W Washington St – Grayslake – IL 60030 – Ph: (847) 543.2076
Harrisburg
Southeastern Illinois Coll. (GED) – 3575 College Rd – Harrisburg – IL 62946 – Ph: (618) 252.5400
Hillsboro
ROE #3 (HiSET) – 203 S Main St – Hillsboro – IL 62049 – Ph: (217) 532.9591/824.4730
Hillside
West 40 Intermediate Service Ctr #2 (GED) – 4413 Roosevelt Rd – Hillside – IL 60162 – Ph: (708) 449.4284
Jacksonville
ROE-Jacksonville (GED) – 110 N West St – Jacksonville – IL 62650 – Ph: (217) 243.1804
Jerseyville
ROE #40 (GED) – 201 W Exchange St – Jerseyville – IL 62052 – Ph: (618) 498.5541

Joliet
Joliet Jr Coll.-Main (GED or HiSET) – 1215 Houbolt Rd – Joliet – IL 60431 – Ph: (815) 280.2261/2824
Joliet Jr Coll.-City Center (GED) – 235 N Chicago St – Joliet – IL 60432 – Ph: (815) 280.2261/2824
Kankakee
Kankakee Comm. Coll. (GED) – 100 College Dr – Kankakee – IL 60901 – Ph: (815) 802.8530
Lincoln
Heartland Comm. Coll (GED) – 2201 Woodlawn Rd – Lincoln – IL 62656 – Ph: (217) 735.1731
Louisville
ROE-Clay Co. (GED) – 111 E Chestnut St – Louisville  – IL 62858 – Ph: (618) 392.4631
Loves Park
Boone Winnebago ROE (GED) -300 Heart Blvd – Loves Park – IL 61111 – Ph: (815) 636.3060
Macomb
ROE #26 (HiSET) – 130 S Lafayette St – Ste 200 – Macomb – IL 61455 – Ph: (309) 575.3229
Spoon River Coll. (GED) – 2500 E Jackson St – Macomb – IL 61455 – Ph: (309) 833.6031
Malta
Kishwaukee Coll. (GED) – 21193 Malta Rd – Malta – IL 60150 – Ph: (815) 825.9841
Mattoon
Lake Land Coll. (GED) – 5001 Lake Land Blvd – Mattoon – IL 61938 – Ph: (217) 234.5287
Maywood
PLCCA, INC. (GED) – 411 W Madison St – Maywood – IL 60153 – Ph: (708) 450.3500
Moline
Black Hawk Coll. (GED) – 6600 34th Ave – Moline – IL 61265 – Ph: (309) 796.5170
Rock Island ROE (GED) – 3430 Ave of the Cities – Moline – IL 61265 – Ph: (309) 736.1111
Monmouth
ROE #33 (GED or HiSET) – 105 North E St – Monmouth – IL 61462 – Ph: (309) 734.6822
Morris
Joliet Junior Coll. (HiSET) – 725 School St – Morris – IL 60450 – Ph: (815) 280.2824
Mount Carmel
Wabash Valley Coll. (GED) – 2200 College Dr – Mt. Carmel – IL 62863 – Ph: (618) 263.5126
Mount Vernon
ROE #13 (GED) – 1714 Broadway – Mt. Vernon – IL 62864 – Ph: (618) 244.8040
Murphysboro
Jackson/Perry ROE #30 (GED) – 819 Walnut St – Murphysboro – IL 62966 – Ph: (618) 684.4890
Naperville
College of Dupage (GED or HiSET) – 1223 Rickert Dr – Naperville – IL 60540 – Ph: (630) 942.4750
Newton
ROE-Jasper Co. (GED) – 204 W Washington St – Newton – IL 62448 – Ph: (618) 392.4631
Normal
Heartland Comm. Coll. (GED) – 1500 W Raab Rd – Normal – IL 61761 – Ph: (309) 268.8050
Oak Forest
Uptown Services (HiSET) – 6006 159th St – Oak Forest – IL 60452 – Ph: (773) 506.0268
South Suburban Coll. (GED or HiSET) – 16333 S Kilbourn Ave – Oak Forest – IL 60452 – Ph: (708) 225.6055
Oglesby
Illinois Valley Comm. Coll. (GED) – 815 N Orlando Smith St – Oglesby – IL 61348 – Ph: (815) 224.0542
Olney
Olney Central College (GED) – 305 N West St – Olney – IL 62450 – Ph: (618) 395.7777
ROE #12 (Richland Co. Courthouse, GED) – 103 W Main St – Olney – IL 62450 – Ph: (618) 392.4631
Palos Hills
Moraine Valley Comm. Coll. (GED or HiSET) – 9000 W College Pkwy – Palos Hills – IL 60465 – Ph: (708) 974.5309
Paris
PARIS 95 (GED) – 300 S Ends Ave – Paris – IL 61944 – Ph: (217) 465.8448
Pekin
ROE #53-Pekin (GED) – 414 Court St – Ste 100 – Pekin – IL 61554 – Ph: (309) 477.2290

Peoria
Peoria ROE (Rm 401, GED) – 324 Main St – Peoria – IL 61602 – Ph: (309) 672.6906
ICC Peoria (GED) – 5407 N University St – Arbor 103 – Peoria – IL 61635 – Ph: (309) 690.6990
Peoria High (North Campus, HiSET) – 1716 N North St – Peoria – IL 61604 – Ph: (309) 672.6906
Knoxville Ctr for Student Success (HiSET) – 2628 N Knoxville Ave – Peoria – IL 61604 – Ph: (309) 672.6625
Pittsfield
ROE #1-Pittsfield (GED) – 39637 260th Ave – Pittsfield – IL 62363 – Ph: (217) 641.4570
Plano
Waubonsee Comm. Coll. (GED) – 100 Waubonsee Dr – Plano – IL 60545 – Ph: (630) 466.7900
Pontiac
Heartland Comm. Coll. (GED) – 211 E Madison St – Pontiac – IL 61764 – Ph: (815) 842.6777
Quincy
ROE #1 (GED) – 507 Vermont St – Quincy – IL 62301 – Ph: (217) 277.2080
Rantoul
ROE #09 (HiSET) – 200 S Fredrick St – Rantoul – IL 61866 – Ph: (217) 893.3219
Robinson
Lincoln Trail College (GED) – 11220 State Hwy 1 – Robinson – IL 62454 – Ph: (618) 544.8657
ROE-Crawford Co. (GED) – 301 S Cross St (Ste 211) – Robinson – IL 62454 – Ph: (618) 544.2719
Rockford
Rockford Works! Mission Ctr (GED) – 715 W State St – Rockford – IL 61102 – Ph: (815) 316.4171
Winnebago Co. Justice Ctr (HiSET) – 650 W State St – Rockford – IL 61102 – Ph: (815) 636.3060
Romeoville
Joliet Junior Coll. (GED or HiSET) – 1125 W Romeo Rd – Romeoville – IL 60446 – Ph: (815) 280.2261/2824
Schaumburg
Harper College (GED) – 650 E Higgins Rd – Schaumburg – IL 60173 – Ph: (847) 925.6066
Springfield
ROE-Sangamon Co. (GED) – S Dirksen Pkwy – Springfield – IL 62703 – Ph: (217) 753.6620
Taylorville
ROE #3 (GED) – 101 S Main St – Taylorville – IL 62568 – Ph: (217) 824.4730
Ullin
Shawnee Comm. Coll. (GED) – 8364 College Rd – Ullin – IL 62992 – Ph: (618) 634.3316
University Park
Governors State University (GED) – 1 University Pkwy – University Park – IL 60484 – Ph: (708) 235.7555
Waterloo
Monroe-Randolph ROE #45 (GED) – 107 E Mill St – Waterloo – IL 62298 – Ph: (618) 939.5650
Waukegan
College of Lake Co.-Lakeshore (GED or HiSET) – 33 N Genesee St – Waukegan – IL 60085 – Ph: (847) 543.2121
Westmont
College of DuPage-Westmont (GED or HiSET) – 650 Pasquinelli Dr – Westmont – IL 60559 – Ph: (630) 942.4850
Yorkville
Kendall Co. GED Testing (Historic Courthouse) – 109 W Ridge St – Yorkville – IL 60560 – Ph: (630) 553.4115

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GED, HiSET costs

Discounted rates for GED and HiSET testing are available after grant funding:

  • GED online or in-person: Reduced to $40
  • HiSET computer-based: Reduced $13.75
  • HiSET paper-based: Reduced $35
  • HiSET online: Reduced to $61.25

GED test-takers have to enter the code ILSAVE20 at check-out on their GED.com account. HiSET test-takers can access this discount by calling the ETS hotline at 1-855-MyHiSET to schedule a test.

Regular fees:
The Illinois GED exam is entirely computer-delivered and costs $30 per individual subtest so $120 in total.
The GED test center fee of $10 is due at all times, also with the first two free retakes.

The five HiSET modules (subtests) cost:
When taken on a computer, 18.75 per subject test ($10.75 for ETS, $8 for the test center fee), so $93.75 in total.
When taken in a paper-based format, $23 per subtest ($15 for the ETS fee, $8 for the test center), so $115 in total.
Keep in mind that the test center fee ($8) is due at all times.

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’s services: video lessons and practice tests that cost you nothing!

The GED exam contains four independent subtests. You can take one of these four tests (Math, Social Studies, Science, and Literacy) when you are optimally prepared. The HiSET exam comes with five subtests that may also be dealt with separately.

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 of 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

The Illinois Community College Board has approved that the HiSET exam can also be used in the state. The HiSET is available in both paper-delivered and computer-based formats and is slightly less costly than the GED exam.

After passing the four GED tests (or the five HiSET 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.

Online GED or HiSET testing

There is now also the option to take the HiSET or GED exam online. It used to be that both exams could only be taken at state-approved test centers but fortunately, that has changed.

The HiSET can now be taken in a proctored version by qualifying students and the GED exam can be taken online by students who score in the “green” zone on the GED Ready® official practice test. You can learn more about taking the GED exam online here.

Passing scores

The GED (General Education Development) passing score is 145 so you need to score at least 580 points in total. Successful test-takers are also required to pay a $10 administrative fee to receive their certificate.

GED scoring is done on a 100-200 scale. 100-144 is below-passing; 145-164 is high school equivalency; 165-174 is college-ready; and 175-200 is college-ready + up to 10 college credits.

The HiSET requires you to score (on a 1–20 score scale) at least 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.

Free GED online prep in Illinois

The difficulty level of the GED exam is comparable to that of a current high school diploma. Multiple-choice has for a great part disappeared in favor of essay-based answering. Critical reasoning and problem-solving are the focus elements of the GED exam. If a student needs some accommodation, please make a timely request at a testing center.

Timed tests

At the GED  exam, you are allowed the following time: English Language Arts: 150 minutes including a short break, Mathematical Reasoning: 115 minutes, Science: 90 minutes, and Social Studies: 70 minutes.

All across the state of Illinois, you can find GED preparation classes at adult education centers, libraries, or churches, 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 as well.

So in Illinois, there are two options to earn your HSE (high school equivalency) exam, the GED and HiSET, but not at all testing centers offer both options (see above).

ICCB announced that more and more testing sites are now offering multiple combinations of choices. The GED test costs $120 and offers practically immediate scoring results. The HiSET exam is available in computer-based and paper versions cost respectively $90 and $92 in Illinois. But now, discounted rates are offered in Illinois (read more above).

There was no online testing option, but that has changed. You no longer must come to an official Illinois testing facility if you qualify for online testing. So check also our article about how to sign up for your GED exam with the online portal MyGED.

For more information:
Illinois Community College Board Adult Education and Literacy
Illinois HSE Administrator’s Office
401 East Capitol Avenue (Main Office)
Springfield, IL 62701-1711
Phone: 217.558.5668
Fax: 217.558.6700
Email: hse@illinois.gov

FAQ about GED in Illinois

How to get a GED in Illinois?

Students looking to earn their GEDs in Illinois must either pass the four GED subtests or the five subtests that make up the HiSET exam. Illinois uses two options for high school equivalency testing, the computerized GED test and the HiSET exam that can be taken on paper or on a computer.

What are the Illinois GED testing requirements?

The HiSET and GED tests are geared toward adults who never finished high school. In Illinois, testing is only open to state residents of 17 and older though, for applicants 17 years old, extra requirements apply. In Illinois, test-takers must also pass the state’s Constitution Test.

What is the GED cost in Illinois?

The Illinois GED exam will set you back $120 for the whole GED exam, or $30 per subtest. The HiSET exam costs between $93.75 and $115, depending on whether you take the exam on a computer or on paper. In Illinois, discounted rates are available. You can register for and take one of the GED or HiSET subtests at a time.

 

Last Updated on September 6, 2021.