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GED® Testing

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
  • Science
  • 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 the test.

If you are confident that you are ready to take the GED test, you must register at ged.com.

Please note:

  • 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 a voucher for GED testing at Heartland Community College at the Cashier's Desk.
  • 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 testing vouchers or the registration process, contact Sandy Hoffmann, Coordinator of Adult Education Student Support:

Email: Sandra.Hoffmann@heartland.edu
Phone: (309)268-8048

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:
    Test SectionLengthCost
    Reasoning through Language Arts2.5 hours$30
    Mathematical Reasoning2 hours$30
    Science1.5 hours$30
    Social Studies1.5 hours$30
  • 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:

Email: Sandra.Hoffmann@heartland.edu
Phone: (309)268-8048

Have more Questions?

Contact the Adult Education office at (309)268-8180 for more information about GED testing and preparation.