GED in Illinois

Illinois uses multiple options for HSE (high school equivalency) testing, the GED®, HiSET, and TASC. HSE testing gives persons without a high school diploma the chance to acquire an equivalent diploma.

All three 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 and TASC 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 tests are in the fields of Social Studies, Math, Literacy, and Science.

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

Illinois requires test-takers also to pass the state’s U.S. Constitution Test.

Illinois GED Testing Requirements

The minimum age in Illinois is 16. For 16 year old’s, however, there are restrictions. See your nearest testing site.
GED exam fee: $120 (computer-based), HiSET and TASC are somewhat cheaper ($90 and $92 respectively).

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 also must pass the U.S. and Illinois Constitution test.

You must not have a high school degree and you don’t attend another program.

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 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 Testing Centers

Addison
Addison Learning Ctr (College of DuPage) – 301 S Swift Rd (Dr 12), Addison, IL 60101, Ph: (630) 942.4650
Atkinson
Regional Office of Ed. for Bureau, Henry & Stark – 107 S State St – Atkinson – IL  61235 – Ph: (309) 936.7890
Aurora
Waubonsee Comm. College – 18 S River St, Aurora, IL 60506, Ph: (630) 466.5700
America Business Coll. (HiSET) – 1731 N Farnsworth Ave – Aurora – IL 60505 – Ph: (773) 417.4900
Belleville
SWIC Belleville – 2500 Carlyle Ave – Belleville – IL 62221 – Ph: (618) 641.4989
Bloomington
Regional Office of Education – 200 W Front St – Ste 500 D – Bloomington – IL 61701 – Ph: (309) 888.5120
Canton
ROE 26 Business Office – 735 E Locust St, Canton, IL 61520, Ph: (309) 518.4017
Carbondale
Southern IL University – 605 Agriculture Dr – Carbondale – IL 62901 – Ph: (618) 453.6003
Carlinville
Regional Off. of Education – 225 E Nicolas St – Carlinville, IL 62626, Ph: (217) 854.4016
Carol Stream
College of DuPage-Carol Stream – 500 Kuhn Rd, Carol Stream, IL 60188, Ph: (630) 942.4900
Carterville
John A Logan Coll. – 700 Logan Dr – Carterville – IL 62918 – Ph: (618) 998.1283
Centralia
Kaskaskia College – 27210 College Rd – Centralia – IL 62801 – Ph: (618) 545.3160
Champaign
Parkland College (Rm U203) – 2400 West Bradley Ave, Champaign, IL 61821, Ph: (217) 351.2433
Champaign-Ford Regional Off. of Ed. #9 – 3358 Big Pine Tr, Champaign, Il 61822, Ph: (217) 893.3219
Charleston
Regional Off. of Education #11 0 730 7th St, Charleston, IL 61920, Ph: (217) 348.0151
Chicago
Arturo Velasquez Inst. (HiSET) – 2800 S Western Ave – Chicago – IL 60608 – Ph: (773) 838.7775
Malcolm X College – 1900 W Jackson Blvd – Chicago – IL 60612 – Ph: (312) 850.7238
S Chicago Ed. Center (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 – 9501 S King Dr – Chicago – IL 60628 – Ph: (773) 995.2598
Olive-Harvey College – 10001 S Woodlawn Ave – Chicago – IL 60628 – Ph: (773) 291.6472
America Business College – 4440 S Pulaski Rd – Chicago – IL 60632 – Ph: (773) 650.1010
Wilbur Wright College – 4300 N Narragansett Ave – Chicago – IL 60634 – Ph: (773) 481.8897/8450
America Business College (HiSET) – 5649 W Fullerton Ave – Chicago – IL 60639 – Ph: (773) 417.4900
Harry S Truman College – 1145 W Wilson Ave – Chicago – IL 60640 – Ph: (773) 907.4889
Richard J. Daley College (HiSET) – 7500 S Pulaski Rd – Chicago – IL 60652 – Ph: (773) 838.7775
Jacob H. Carruthers Center – 700 E Oakwood Blvd – Chicago – IL 60653 – Ph: (773) 256.2034
American Uptown-Chicago Social Services (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. (HiSET) – 202 S Halsted Street – Chicago Heights – IL 60411 – Ph: (708) 709.3507
Cicero
Morton College – 3801 S Central Ave, Cicero, IL 60804, Ph: (708) 656.8000
America Business Coll-Cicero (HiSET) – 5713 W Cermak Rd – Cicero – IL 60804 – Ph: (773) 417.4900
Crystal Lake
McHenry Co College – 8900 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, IL 60012, 815-455-3700
Danville
Danville Area Community Coll. – 2000 E Main St, Danville, IL 61832, Ph: (217) 443.3222
Decatur
Richland Comm. Coll. – One College Park – Decatur – IL 62521 – Ph: (217) 875.7200
Macon-Piatt Off. of Education#39-HiSET – 1690 Huston Dr – Decatur  – IL 62526 – Ph: (217) 872.3721
DeKalb
Regional Off. of Education #16 (Ste C) – 2500 N Annie Glidden Rd – DeKalb – IL 60115 – Ph: (815) 217.0460
Dixon
Sauk Valley Comm College – 173 IL Route 2 – Dixon – IL 61021 – Ph: (815) 835.6530
Elgin
Elgin Community Coll. – 1700 Spartan Dr – Elgin – IL 60123 – Ph: (847) 214.7150
Fairfield
Frontier Comm. Coll. – 2 Frontier Dr –  Fairfield – IL 62837 – Ph: (618) 842.3711
Forest Park
Joseph Business School – 7600 W. Roosevelt Rd – Forest Park – IL 60130, Ph: (708) 697.6200
Freeport
Regional Off. of Education 8 – 27 S State Ave – Ste 101 – Freeport – IL 61032 – Ph: (815) 599.1408
Highland Community Coll. – 2998 W Pearl City Rd – Freeport – IL 61032 – Ph: (815) 599.3680
Galesburg
Carl Sandburg College (HiSET) – 2400 Tom L. Wilson Boulevard, Galesburg, IL 61401, Ph: (309) 341.5323
Regional Off. of Ed. #33 (HiSET-GED) – 121 S Prairie St, Ste 2, Galesburg, IL 61401, Ph: (309) 345.3828
Geneva
Kane County Regional Off of Education – 28 N 1st St, Geneva, IL 60134, Ph: (630) 232.5955
Glen Ellyn
College of DuPage (GED-HiSET) – 425 Fawell Blvd – Glen Ellyn – IL 60137 – Ph: (630) 942.2401
Godfrey
Lewis & Clark Community College – 5800 Godfrey Rd – Godfrey – IL 62035 – Ph: (618) 468.5240
Granite City
SWIL Granite City – 4950 Maryville Rd – Granite City – IL 62040 – Ph: (618) 931.0600
Madison Co. Reg. Office of Ed. #41 – 1314 Niedringhaus Ave – Granite City – IL 62040 – Ph: (618) 501.4035
Grayslake
College of Lake County – 19351 W Washington St – Grayslake – IL 60030 – Ph: (847) 543.2076
Harrisburg
Southeastern Illinois Coll. – 3575 College Rd – Harrisburg – IL 62946 – Ph: (618) 252.5400
Hillsboro
Reg. Off. of Education #3 (HiSET) – 203 S Main St – Hillsboro – IL 62049 – Ph: (217) 532.9591
Hillside
West 40 Intermediate Service Ctr #2  – 4413 Roosevelt Rd – Hillside – IL 60162 – Ph: (708) 449.4284
Jacksonville
Regional Off. of Education Jacksonville – 110 N West Street, Jacksonville, IL 62650, 217-243-1804
Jerseyville
Regional Off. of Education #40 – 201 W Exchange St – Jerseyville – IL 62052 – Ph: (618) 498.5541
Joliet
Joliet Junior Coll. (A1138, Academic Skills Ctr.) – 1215 Houbolt Rd – Joliet – IL 60431 – Ph: (815) 280.2261
Joliet Junior College-City Center (JCTR-6002) – 235 N Chicago St – Joliet – IL 60432 – Ph: (815) 280.2261
Kankakee
Kankakee Comm. Coll. (D217) – 100 College Dr – Kankakee – IL 60901 – Ph: (815) 802.8530
Lincoln
Heartland Comm. Coll. – 2201 Woodlawn Rd – Lincoln – IL 62656, Ph: (217) 735.1731
Loves Park
Boone Winnebago Reg. Office of Education – 300 Heart Blvd – Loves Park – IL 61111 – Ph: (815) 636.3060
Macomb
Regional Office of Ed. #26 (HiSET) – 130 S Lafayette St – Ste 200 – Macomb – IL 61455 – Ph: (309) 575.3229
Malta
Kishwaukee College – 21193 Malta Rd – Malta – IL 60150 – Ph: (815) 825.9841
Mattoon
Lake Land College – 5001 Lake Land Blvd, Mattoon, IL 61938, Ph: (217) 234.5287
Maywood
PLCCA, INC. GED Testing – 411 W Madison St – Maywood – IL 60153 – Ph: (708) 450.3500
Moline
Black Hawk Coll. – 6600 34th Ave – Moline – IL 61265 – Ph: (309) 796.5170
Monmouth
Regional Office of Ed. #33 (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. – 2200 College Dr – Mt. Carmel – IL 62863 – Ph: (618) 263.5126
Mount Vernon
Regional Office of Education #13 – 1714 Broadway – Mt. Vernon – IL 62864 – Ph: (618) 244.8040
Murphysboro
Jackson/Perry Regional Off. of Education – 819 Walnut St – Murphysboro – IL 62966 – Ph: (618) 684.4890
Naperville
College of Dupage – 1223 Rickert Dr – Naperville – IL 60540 – Ph: (630) 942.4750
Normal
Heartland Comm. Coll. – 1500 W Raab Rd – Normal – IL 61761 – Ph: (309) 268.8050
Oak Forest
American Social Services of Uptown (HiSET) – 6006 159th St (Bldg B, 2nd Fl) – Oak Forest – IL 60452 – Ph: (773) 506.0268
South Suburban Coll-Oak Forest (HiSET) – 16333 S Kilbourn Ave – Oak Forest – IL 60452 – Ph: (708) 225.6055
Oglesby
Illinois Valley Comm College – 815 N Orlando Smith Ave – Oglesby – IL 61348 – Ph: (815) 224.0542
Olney
Olney Central College – 305 N West St – Olney – IL 62450 – Ph: (618) 395.7777
Palos Hills
Moraine Valley Comm. Coll. – 9000 W College Pkwy – Palos Hills – IL 60465 – Ph: (708) 974.5309
Pekin
Regional Off. of Education – 414 Court St – Ste 100 – Pekin – IL 61554 – Ph: (309) 477.2290
Peoria
Peoria Office of Education (Rm 401) – 324 Main St – Peoria – IL 61602 – Ph: (309) 672.6906
ICC Peoria – 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
Regional Office of Ed. #1 – 39637 260th Ave – Pittsfield – IL 62363 – Ph: (217) 641.4570
Pontiac
Heartland Comm. Coll. – 211 E Madison St – Pontiac – IL 61764 – Ph: (815) 842.6777
Quincy
Regional Off. of Education #1 – 507 Vermont St – Quincy – IL 62301 – Ph: (217) 277.2080
Rantoul
Regional Office of Ed. #09 (HiSET) – 200 S Fredrick St – Rantoul – IL 61866 – Ph: (217) 893.3219
Robinson
Lincoln Trail Coll. – 11220 State Hwy 1 – Robinson – IL 62454 – Ph: (618) 544.8657
Rockford
Rockford Works! Mission Center – 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 College-Romeoville – 1125 W Romeo Rd – Romeoville – IL 60446 – Ph: (815) 280.2261
Schaumburg
Harper Professional Ctr – 650 E Higgins Rd – Schaumburg – IL 60173 – Ph: (847) 925.6066
Springfield
Sangamon Co. Regional Off. of Ed. – 2201 S. Dirksen Pkwy – Springfield – IL 62703 – Ph: (217) 753.6620
Ullin
Shawnee Comm. Coll. – 8364 College Rd – Ullin – IL 62992 – Ph: (618) 634.3316
University Park
Governors State University  – 1 University Pkwy – University Park – IL 60484 – Ph: (708) 235.7555
Waukegan
College of Lake Co.-Lakeshore Campus – 33 N Genesee St – Waukegan – IL 60085 – Ph: (847) 543.2121
Westmont
College of DuPage-Westmont – 650 Pasquinelli Dr – Westmont – IL 60559 – Ph: (630) 942.4850
Yorkville
Kendall County GED Test (Historic Courthouse) – 109 W Ridge St – Yorkville – IL 60560 – Ph: (630) 553.4115

Questions? Call Illinois state’s office at 217-558-5668

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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 optimally prepared. The TASC or HiSET exams come 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 completion.

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. Testing must be done in person at state-designated testing centers.

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.

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. The TASC requires you to score no less than 500 (out of 800) on each of the five subtests and your essay must have no less than a 2-score.

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. There is no online testing option. You must come to an official Illinois testing facility. Don’t forget to check our article about how to sign up for your GED exam with the online portal MyGED.

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. 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.

So now, in Illinois, three versions of the HSE (high school equivalency) exam are available in Illinois, though not at all testing centers. The 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 and TASC exams are available in computer-based and paper versions cost respectively $90 and $92 in Illinois.

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