The purpose of the General Educational Development Diploma, or GED, examination is to provide adults with the opportunity to receive a high school equivalency diploma who would otherwise not have one as they did not finish their traditional high school curriculum. If you live in Illinois, you may obtain your GED at a testing facility overseen by the Illinois Community College Board. Within this article you will find out the Illinois GED guidelines as well as requirements.
Illinois GED Test Guidelines:
To be eligible to take the Illinois GED examination you must be at least 17 years old or older and have not gained a high school diploma or a GED certificate. If you have been enrolled in a public, private or home school institution within the previous 12 months, then you must provide the Illinois GED testing facility with an official withdrawal letter from the accredited school in order to take the GED test. You must also be an official Illinois resident in order to take the Illinois GED examination. The Illinois Community College Board defines an official Illinois resident as any person who has been living in Illinois for a minimum of thirty (30) days.
If you meet all of the aforementioned eligibility requirements, then you are ready to register for the GED test. To register for the Illinois GED examination you must visit the Regional Office of Education within their own county. The Illinois Community College Board offers a list of all Regional Office of Education within Illinois, this link may be found in the Sources section below.
After you have registered for the Illinois GED examination you must pay the $50.00 examination fee. This fee must be paid at the time of registration, and if you are unable to pay you cannot reserve your seat.
Taking and Passing the Illinois GED Test:
Within the Illinois GED examination you must pass a total of five different subject areas. These subject areas include: Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Reading and Writing. In order to fully pass the GED examination you must have a minimum sectional score of 410 and a minimum total score of 2250. Thus, you must have an average sectional score of 450 in order to pass. In additional to passing the aforementioned subject areas, to fully pass the Illinois GED examination you must pass the Illinois State Constitution Exam; however, if you’ve already taken the constitution exam you must show proof of completion.
Illinois Community College Board: GED Eligibility
Illinois Community College Board: Registering for the GED Test
Illinois Community College Board: Cost of the Test
Regional Office of Education: More Information on GED