Illinois GED Requirements

People who did not complete high school still have a chance to get a secondary education degree by passing the Illinois high school equivalency test.

In Illinois, there are two options available, the computer-formatted GED (General Education Development) exam and the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test).

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The HiSET® is offered both on paper and on a computer whereas the GED® is fully computerized. Illinois also requires applicants to pass the state’s Constitution Test.

Illinois GED testing 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, extra requirements apply, like having permission from your school board and parental consent.
  • In Illinois, high school equivalency testing is open to state residents only.
  • You are not required to first pass the GED Ready® practice test or sign up for a prep course.
  • GED applicants must also take and pass the Illinois and U.S. Constitution Test, available for free at Illinois Regional Offices of Education and at some major adult education programs.

Illinois GED online

You can sit for the Illinois GED test at one of the state’s official testing centers or in an online proctored format. To be able to take the four GED subtests online, however, you first attain “green” (likely to pass) results on the GED Ready test.

There’s one GED Ready test for each of the four modules. You can purchase them on the website GED com at $6.99 each. This means you can add $28 to your overall online GED testing cost.

HiSET testing can also be done in an online setting, the “HiSET-At-Home” exam, also referred to as the Remote Proctored (R.P.) HiSET exam. Paper-based HiSET testing is, of course, not an online option and you’ll first have to score satisfactory results on the HiSET OPT (Official Practice Test).

Illinois GED cost

To sit for the HiSET or GED exam in Illinois,  you must be an Illinois resident and the four GED tests will set you back $30 each (or $120 for the complete exam) if you take the exam at an Illinois testing site.

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If you want to take the GED exam online, however, other fees apply. You’ll have to pay $36 per individual sub-exam so the overall cost will be $144. You should count the additional cost of the four GED Ready tests as well ($28), so your total will be $172.

Illinois passed legislation, however, that allowed for reduced testing fees in the state. GED (online or in-person) testing is now $40!

Illinois HiSET cost

The regular fees for HiSET testing in Illinois are as follows: The online HiSET exam will set you back $93.75 for the entire HiSET battery whereas the paper-based HiSET exam costs $115 for all five subject tests. but as said before, Illinois passes legislation that reduced the fees considerably. Please contact your test center for details.

What’s on the GED and HiSET tests?

The GED contains four modular tests that cover the academic fields of Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Reasoning through Language Arts.

The HiSET exam includes five tests as the Language Arts section includes separate writing and reading tests meaning the tests are in Math, Language Reading, Language Writing, Social Studies, and Science.

GED scoring

GED scoring happens on a 100-200 scale and below passing is 100-144. High school equivalency: 145-164. College-ready: 165-174. College-ready + credit: 175-200.

HiSET scoring

HiSET scoring happens on a scale of up to 20. Minimum score: 8 on each test. The essay must have no less than a 2 and your overall score must be at least 45 points, not including your essay score.

Please get in touch with a testing center in your area to learn which testing option(s) they use as not all centers offer both exams. As said before, in Illinois, you must also pass the Constitution Exam.

How to register for the GED test

When you take the GED tests, you can take one at a time and you only need to pay for the part(s) you take, and this also applies to the HiSET exam.

GED registration, test scheduling, and payments are done online at where you must set up your account with the portal MyGED.

How to prepare for the GED and HiSET tests

Illinois doesn’t require you to first take a prep course but the GED and HiSET are challenging tests so it is strongly advised to attend a prep class in your area or learn from study books that are available from your community library or local book store.

You may also get all set online through a well-structured course, for example, the GED Prep Couse created by ONSEGO. Since the HiSET content is much like what’s on the GED exam, you can use this course very well for either exam.

As stated earlier, the Illinois GED and HiSET tests are available online (for qualifying students) or at one of Illinois’ state-designated testing centers in person. If you require any accommodation, please apply timely on the GED or HiSET official websites or ask a testing center to help you. For GED accommodations you can go to

It’s all about YOUR future

The diploma that the State of Illinois awards upon successful completion of the GED or HiSET exam is equivalent to a conventional high school diploma. Employers and colleges and universities accept the diploma in the same way as a high school credential.

The fact of the matter is that workers with a secondary education degree (high school or equivalent diploma) will make, on average, at least $9.600 more annually than workers without the credential. So you see, earning your GED will really pay off, right? And don’t forget that your GED allows for a college education as well.