GED Testing Information

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 145 on each test area and a minimum total score of 580 on all four tests. The State of Illinois also requires a passing score on the Constitution test.

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

Click on each titled 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 with a tutorial.

GED Calculator Tutorial: A calculator is built into the GED test. Practice with this GED Calculator Tutorial. Examinees may also bring in a TI-30XS multiview scientific calculator.

Free High School Equivalency prep classes: Kishwaukee College offers free HSE classes both on campus and in the community.

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.

GED Ready Test: The official GED practice test with results costs $6 per exam and can be purchased through your MyGED account. Vouchers are available. Please contact the Director of Adult Education at 815-825-9408 if you are interested in a voucher to pay for the GED Ready Test.

Candidate Qualifications to take the GED test

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

  • 18 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.

*Illinois Residency is proven by an Illinois address on a government-issued photo ID (e.g. IL Drivers License or IL State ID). If the government-issued photo ID does not include an address, the examinee must provide one of the following in the examinee's name and dated at least 30 days prior to the test date:

  • Wage and Tax statements (IRS Form W2)
  • Illinois auto registration card
  • Bank statement
  • Canceled check
  • Deed/title, mortgage, rental/lease agreement
  • Insurance policy (homeowners or renter's)
  • Pay Stub or electronic deposit receipt
  • Pension or retirement statement
  • Utility Bill (electric, water, refuse, telephone land/cell, cable or gas)
  • Statement of benefits from the Illinois Department of Employment Security or the Social Security Administration
  • Illinois property tax bill
  • Illinois Temporary Visitor Driver's License (NOT VALID FOR IDENTIFICATION. For residency verification ONLY.)
  • Official mail received from a state, county, city, or federal government agency:
    • Homestead exemption receipt
    • Jury Duty notice
    • Selective Service Card
    • Social Security annual statement
    • Social Security disability insurance statement
    • Voter registration card

If a document is not specifically listed above, it must be approved by PearsonVue to prove Illinois residency.

GED Testing Areas

*To complete the GED, examinees must achieve a minimum score of 145 on each test area and a minimum total score of 580 on all four tests.

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). TI-30XS multiview scientific calculator is allowed on the test.

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 (75 minutes)

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.

Disability and Testing Accommodations

If you have a documented disability you may qualify for accommodations for GED Testing. For more information, contact the Director of Adult Education, 815-825-9408. 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

GED Accommodations

GED Accounts and Scheduling a Testing Appointment

You can set up your account at www.ged.com.  (You must have an email address to set up an account).  Remember your username and password - you will need it later to access your scores!

You may schedule online through your GED account or by calling PearsonVue at 1-877-392-6433.

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

You can schedule one or more tests at the same time.  It is recommended to split the tests into manageable appointments and not take all of them on the same day.

Each test is $30 and must be paid by a credit or debit card.  If you have a voucher, 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.kish.edu. You will receive a phone call from Pearson Vue to reschedule your test.

On the Day of the Test
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled test time to Testing & Tutoring Services (A1300) 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 for identification. They can only be used as a secondary ID for residency.
  • Proof of Illinois Residency: If your primary ID does not show Illinois residency, you must provide proof that you have lived in Illinois for at least 30 days. Please see the list of acceptable documentation in the Candidate Qualifications section above.
  • 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.
Scores and Retesting (if needed)
  • 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 Testing Services, 815-825-9841.
  • Students are allowed to retest modules within the GED test before completing all four modules.
  • Each subject test may be re-tested twice without a waiting period.
  • For each additional attempt (after the third attempt), examinees must wait 60 days.
  • If you do not pass a test, please return to your GED class for assistance. Do not give up!

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