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The GED® credential is the standard high-school equivalency certificate in the United States. If you did not earn your high school diploma, the GED credential is your chance to open doors to educational opportunities and career advancement.
What is the GED Test?
The GED test is a four-part exam that measures your knowledge in the following areas:
- Reasoning through Language Arts
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Social Studies
When you achieve a passing score of 150 on each section and successfully complete the U.S. and Illinois Constitution Test, you
are eligible to receive your Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate.
For more information about the GED test, visit www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/test-taker-home.
Should I take the GED test?
Residents of Illinois who are 17 years old or over and who lack a high school diploma can take the GED
test. Heartland Community College strongly suggests that you participate in a tuition-free
GED Preparation class before you sign up to take
If you are confident that you are ready to take the GED test, you must register at
- You will 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 17 years old, you will have to provide proof of your withdrawal from high school in order to register for the GED test. This can be obtained by contacting your high school.
- If you have questions about the registration
Sandy Hoffmann, Coordinator of Adult Education Student Support:
What else should I know?
- Heartland Community College offers GED testing in half-day sessions. Testing is generally offered on
Friday afternoons and select 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 may take
up to two sections at one test session. Please note test
lengths and costs as outlined below:
|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
- Test fee assistance may be available for individuals who have participated in GED
Preparation classes at Heartland Community College.
- Testing accommodations are available for individuals with disabilities. A separate application for
accommodations must be completed as part of the test registration process. Please be aware that the
accommodations application process can be lengthy—several weeks or months. Individuals who require
accommodations are encouraged to apply well in advance of their desired test date.
- If you have questions about test fee assistance or disability
accommodations, contact Sandy Hoffmann, Coordinator of Adult
Education Student Support:
Have more Questions?
Contact the Adult Education office at (309)268-8180 for more information about GED testing and preparation.