To earn a GED diploma in Illinois, students must pass four GED subject tests. They can take these tests online or in one of Illinois’ testing centers.
Candidates can register for the GED® test and the GED Ready practice tests by setting up their account on the GED.com website.
Getting optimally prepared for the GED exam is critical because the tests are challenging assessments. In general, candidates need a few months of preparation to succeed on the tests.
Illinois GED Test Requirements
- You cannot already have a high school or equivalent degree.
- You cannot be enrolled in another educational program.
- You must be at least 16 years old.
- For 16-year-olds, however, additional requirements apply, like having permission from your school board and parental consent.
- In Illinois, high school equivalency testing is open to state residents only.
- GED applicants must also pass the Illinois and U.S. Constitution Test, available for free at Illinois Regional Offices of Education and some major adult education programs.
Illinois GED Cost [Reduced]
Recently, the Illinois College Board reduced the GED testing fees so more state residents can complete their GEDs. If you take the GED test in person, the costs for all GED tests are $40.
Additionally, it was decided that students who pass the GED exam and the Illinois ConstitutionTest will receive a common high school diploma instead of a high school equivalency credential.
When you want to take the GED test online, you pay for all 4 GED subject tests $56.
However, to qualify for online testing, you need to pass the GED Ready® test that you can purchase on the official website GED.com at $6.99 each.
There are four GED sub-exams, and for each sub-exam, you’ll have to pass the Ready Ready practice test, so that’s $28 on top of the testing fees.
Students who sign up for Onsego’s My Advantage program, however, will receive 4 GED Ready tests for free.
Test-takers should use the code ILSAVE20 upon checkout at the website GED.com when paying for (one of the) GED subtests.
Illinois GED Online Classes
We understand that for quite e few GED test-takers, life can get hectic at times, so we offer complete a complete GED prep course, including online GED classes and practice tests that are bite-sized and engaging. You can watch these short lessons that address one GED topic at a time whenever you have a few minutes free.
Onsego’s online GED classes teach you everything that’s on the GED exam. All subject matter is covered and explained in easy-to-understand language. Check also our post about the online GED test in Illinois.
Illinois GED Online
So candidates can take the Illinois GED exam online or at a state-designated testing facility. Check here to learn all about the OP (Online Proctored) GED test. As said before, to be eligible for taking the GED test online, you first must attain passing scores on four GED Ready official practice tests that are available on the GED website, GED.com, for $6.99 each.
How To Start With Your GED Preparation
One of the most effective ways to start your GED preparation is to take a few practice tests. This allows you to learn all about your weak and strong points and which subject fields you should focus on most.
The Onsego program offers online GED video lessons and practice tests that are structured in the same way as what you’ll find on the GED test. If you think that Onsego’s online program suits your preferred study method, just sign up for Onsego’s accredited GED prep course.
FAQ About GED In Illinois
How to get a GED in Illinois?
Students looking to earn their GEDs in Illinois must pass the four subtests that make up the GED exam. The GED exam is entirely computer-formatted.
What are the Illinois GED testing requirements?
The GED exam is geared toward adults who never finished high school. In Illinois, testing is only open to state residents 17 and older, though, for applicants 17 years old, extra requirements apply. In Illinois, test-takers must also pass the state’s Constitution Test.
What is the GED cost in Illinois?
The Illinois GED exam will set you back $120 for the whole GED exam ($30 per subtest) if you take the test at a test center. Online GED testing costs $36 per subtest or $144 for the entire battery. You should additionally count the cost of four GED Ready tests ($28) that you are required to pass before you are allowed to take the GED exam online. Reduced fees apply, however. Read more above under “Reduced Cost.” Onsego’s My Advantage Plan includes four GED Ready tests for free!
For more information:
Illinois Community College Board Adult Education and Literacy
Illinois HSE Administrator’s Office
401 East Capitol Avenue (Main Office)
Springfield, IL 62701-1711