Earning a GED gives you the potential to advance to college classes and a better career.
If you did not earn your high school diploma, you need to pass both the U.S. and Illinois Constitution test and a high school equivalency test like the GED to earn your High School Equivalency Certificate.
About the GED
The GED test is a four-part exam that measures your knowledge in the following areas:
- Reasoning through Language Arts
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Social Studies
For more information about the GED test, visit ged.com.
When to take the GED
If you are 17 years or older and don't have a high school diploma, you can take the GED test. We strongly suggest you participate in the tuition-free GED High School Equivalency Program before you sign up to take the test.
Ready to take the test?
- You need to have a credit or debit card to complete the test registration process.
- If you do not have a credit or debit card, you can purchase prepaid debit cards at many local businesses including Wal-mart, Walgreens, some gas stations or your bank.
- If you are under 18 years old, you need to provide proof of your withdrawal from high school. This can be obtained by contacting your high school.
For questions about the registration process, contact Sandy Hoffmann, coordinator of Adult Education student support:
Earn a High School Equivalency Certificate
When you achieve a passing score of 150 on each section of the GED test and successfully complete the U.S. and Illinois Constitution Test, you can request your Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate from the Regional Office of Education (ROE).
Online: ROE website
Heartland Community College offers GED testing in half-day sessions. Testing is generally offered on Friday afternoons and some Saturday mornings. More details will be available when you register for the test. You can register to take one test section at a time, or you can take up to two sections at one test session.
|Reasoning through Language Arts||2.5 hours||$30|
|Mathematical Reasoning||2 hours||$30|
|Social Studies||1.5 hours||$30|
*For a limited time only, tests have been discounted to $15 each. Enter the promotion code ILSAVE15 when you register for the test.
You may qualify for a scholarship to cover the testing fees if you've taken GED High School Equivalency classes at Heartland Community College. Your teacher can tell you how to apply.
If you need accommodations for a disability, a separate application for accommodations must be completed as part of the test registration process. The application process can take several weeks or months. If you need accommodations, apply for them at least a month before you want to take the GED exam.
For questions about test fee assistance or disability accommodations, contact Sandy Hoffmann, coordinator of Adult Education student support: