GEDGED Testing Information

The GED® test has been updated to ensure it measures what graduating high school seniors know and what colleges and employers will expect of you.

There are four (4) GED tests: Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning and Reasoning through Language Arts. To complete the GED, examinees must achieve a minimum score of 150 on each test area and a minimum total score of 600 on all four tests.  The State of Illinois also requires a passing score on the Constitution test.

The GED is now offered on computer at Kishwaukee College and is available in English or Spanish.

Click on the blue, underlined headings to obtain more information for each topic.

Prepare for the GED

GED tutorial: Discover how to use the functions within the computerized GED test. Click here for the GED tutorial.

GED Calculator Tutorial: Hand-held calculators are not allowed but a calculator is built into the GED test. Click here for the calculator tutorial.

Free GED prep classes: Kishwauke College offers free GED classes both on campus and in the community. Click here for course schedules.

Free Practice test: GED Testing Services offers a free practice test to inform examinees of the types of questions that will be asked on the GED tests. Click here for the free practice test.

Free Computer class: The GED is administered on the computer and basic computer skills will be needed for testing. The next computer GED class should be in the fall. Please check back for details.

GED Ready Test: The official GED practice test with results costs $6 per exam and can be purchased through your MyGED account that you create at www.ged.com (see Step 1 below)

Candidate Qualifications to take the GED test

An individual is eligible to take the GED test if they meet the guidelines listed below:

    • 17 years of age or older
    • is not a high school graduate or a GED graduate
    • has maintained residence in the State of Illinois for thirty days

    Note: If an individual is of 17 years old or younger, a withdrawal (separation) letter from the last school enrolled must be emailed to leann.arsenault@illinois.gov or faxed to 217-558-6700.

GED Testing Areas

Reasoning through Language Arts- covers reading, comprehending, and analyzing complex texts; writing a well-developed argument using supporting evidence; editing text to eliminate errors and nonstandard usage. (2 sections; 150 minutes total with a 10 minute optional break)

Mathematical Reasoning - covers rational numbers, measurement, algebraic problem solving including expressions and equations, graphs and functions (115 minutes)

Science- Includes life science and physical science, earth and space sciences (90 minutes)                     

Social Studies- Covers US history, economics, civics and government, and world geography (90 minutes)

To complete the GED, examinees must achieve a minimum score of 150 on each test area and a minimum total score of 600 on all four tests. 

Constitution Test Requirement

The State of Illinois requires all persons who receive an Illinois High School Equivalency to pass the IL/US Constitution Test.  Those who did not meet this requirement while in high school must take a Constitution test administered by the GED Testing Center. This Test is pass/fail.

To schedule the Constitution test, call Testing Services at: 815-825-2086, Ext. 6062.  

If you passed the Constitution test in high school, you will need a high school transcript or an official letter with the following information:

  • your complete name and birth date
  • statement saying you passed the Constitution Test and the date
  • signature of a school staff member
  • If you live in DeKalb County mail directly to: Regional Office of Education at 2500 North Annie Glidden Rd. Suite C, DeKalb IL 60115, Phone: 815-217-0460.
  • If you live in Lee/Ogle Counties, mail to: Regional Office of Education #47, 7772 Clinton Street, Dixon, IL 61021, Phone: 815-652-2054.  

 

Disability and Testing Accommodations

If you have a documented disability you may qualify for accommodations for GED Testing. For more information, contact the Adult Education Transition Specialist, Amanda Poturalsk,i at (815) 825-2086, Ext. 3190.  GED test accommodations may include the following:

  • Audiocassette
  • Braille edition
  • Large-print or screen-magnification
  • Calculator
  • Scribe
  • Extended time
  • Stop-the-clock breaks
  • Private room

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about taking the GED in Illinois.

 

The following steps will help you with the GED testing procedures:

Click on the blue, underlined headings to obtain more information for each topic .

Step 1: Create an account at www.ged.com

You must have an email address to create an account.

Instructions to set up your MyGED account.

Note: If you answer YES to the last question: “Do you need to request accommodated testing conditions for a documented disability?”, you will not be able to schedule a test until a decision is made regarding your accommodations request. You will receive an email with further instructions on how to complete the accommodations request process. Please contact the Adult Education Transition Specialist at 815-825-2086 ext. 3190 for assistance. 

Step 2: Schedule your GED Tests

GED Testing at Kishwaukee College will be on Wednesdays during the summer and on Fridays during the fall and spring semesters.

You can schedule on-line or by calling Pearson Vue at 1-877-392-6433

1. Log into your account at www.ged.com

2. Click the exclamation mark icon in the blue bar on your dashboard to get more information on how to fulfill any additional requirements

3. Click on the Schedule box on your MyGED dashboard

4. Choose which test, time, and date you wish to schedule. You can take one or more tests on the same day.

5. Pay $30 per test with a credit card or debit card, due when you schedule.

      Note: If you have a voucher code, enter it in the “Voucher/Promotion Code” box

    To reschedule or cancel:  log in or call 1-877-392-6433 at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled testing appointment. If you do not call to cancel or reschedule, you will lose your testing fees.

    Kishwaukee College may cancel testing when the college closes due to extreme weather conditions or other emergencies.  To find out about school closings, call the College 815-825-2086 or check www.kishwaukeecollege.edu. You will receive a phone call from Pearson Vue to reschedule your test.  

Step 3: Testing Day

  • Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled test time to the Learning Skills Center (A-1300) for check-in.
  • Bring a photo ID.  The ID must be government issued and non-expired. It must also include: name, address, date of birth, signature, and photograph. Acceptable forms of ID include: Passport, Driver's license, Learner's permit, National/state/country identification card, any other form of government-issued ID (national or foreign), including Matricula Consular. Note: Temporary visitor issued driver’s licenses’ are not acceptable.
  • Proof of Illinois Residency: If your primary ID does not show Illinois residency the following will also need to be presented: lease, mortgage, utility bills, or any other official mail.
  • You will have to leave all your personal belongings in a locked and secure area before entering the testing room
  • You will be provided with an erasable note board and marker during the testing.

Step 4: After Testing

  • Keep the test questions confidential; do not share them with your instructor or other examinees.
  • You can view your scores by logging into your account at www.ged.com and checking the scores section of the MyGED dashboard. Test scores are confidential and cannot be given over the phone.
  • Report evidence of unfair testing to the testing center, Learning Skills Center, 815-825-2086 ext. 2790.

Step 5: Retesting

  • Retests are considered within a 12 month period.
  • Each subject test may be re-tested twice without a waiting period, each costing $10.
  • For each additional attempt (after the third attempt), examinees must wait 60 days. The cost will be $30.
  • If you do not pass a test, please return to your GED class for assistance. Do not give up!

Step 6: Obtaining your Illinois High School Equivalency (GED)

  • Pay a $10 fee (check, cash, or money order) in order to receive your certificate or $3 for a transcript. Show confirmation of passing the constitution test to your local Regional Office of Education.
  • For DeKalb County: Regional Office of Education is located at 2500 North Annie Glidden Rd. Suite C, DeKalb IL. Tel. 815-217-0460. For Lee/Ogle Counties: Regional Office of Education #47 is located at 7772 Clinton Street, Dixon, IL 61021, Phone: 815-652-2054. If you reside in another county please check the Illinois Community College Board’s website for the ROE in your area: http://iccbdbsrv.iccb.org/roesearch/home.cfm

GED Graduation and Transition to College

  • You will be invited to attend our GED graduation ceremony, which is held in May each year.
  • Now that you have successfully completed your GED, you’re ready to transition to college!  Make an appointment with our Adult Education Tranisiton Specialist, Amanda Poturalski, at 815-825-2086, ext. 3190 to explore your educational opportunities and develop a career plan.       

 

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Información en Español

Directions to Learning Skills Center A1300

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