Illinois GED Programs, Requirements and Information

Aug 07, 2018

GED preparation programs in Illinois are available on campus and online. Read on for information about GED preparation programs and testing policies in Illinois. View article »

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Illinois GED: General Info

Students may prepare for the GED test through programs at local community colleges, adult learning centers, and high schools, even through online study. Individuals should also make sure that they meet the eligibility requirements for taking the GED exam. Prior to taking the GED test, students in Illinois must pass a high school-level test on the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions in addition to preparing for the basic subject areas. Those who pass the test receive an Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate.

Preparation Programs

As mentioned earlier, GED preparation programs in Illinois are usually available through the state's community colleges, high schools, and adult education centers. The majority of GED preparation programs are available free of charge and open to individuals 16 years of age and older. Many programs allow students to enroll at any time. They also provide individual study plans that give students the chance to focus on the areas in which they need strengthening.

Many programs offer a review class on the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions that can help students fulfill the exam eligibility requirements. Although the GED test must be taken online, GED preparation programs are available remotely through i-Pathways. While many of these programs are open to individuals statewide, some programs may require that students reside in a particular district in order to enroll. General requirements for the online GED programs include owning or having access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection. Illinois' online GED preparation programs are usually self-paced.

Testing Requirements

The official GED test is given in English and Spanish. Test takers must be at least 18 years old, although 16- and 17-year-olds may be granted exceptions if conditions are met and additional documentation is provided. Test takers must be residents of Illinois for the past 30 days or more and must not hold a high school or GED diploma. Testing accommodations can be made for persons who need it, such as individuals with physical or learning disabilities. Individuals must earn a minimum score of 150 on each subject test and an overall score of 600 on all four tests. The subject areas of the GED exam are:

  • Reasoning through language arts
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Mathematical reasoning

Let's review. To take the GED in Illinois, you must be at least 18 years old and a resident of the state for the past 30 days. To pass the exam, you must receive a minimum score of 150 on each subject test and an overall score of 600 on all four tests, including mathematical reasoning, reasoning through language arts, science, and social studies.

Need help preparing for the GED? Check out's GED Test Prep study guides, complete with bite-size video lessons, practice tests, informational resources, and more to make sure you ace the exam!

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