People who did not complete high school still have a chance to get a secondary education degree by passing the Illinois HSE (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).
These last option is offered both on paper and on a computer. Illinois also requires applicants to pass the state constitution exam.
Illinois High School Equivalency Testing Requirements
- If you already hold a high school degree you do not qualify
- If you are following another school program you do not qualify
- You must be 17 years old. For 16-year-olds, extra requirements apply, like having permission from your school board and parental consent
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). HiSET testing is slightly less expensive.
Illinois passes legislation, however, that allowed for reduced testing fees in the state. GED (online or in-person) testing is now $40; HiSET computer-based testing: $13.75; HiSET paper-based testing: $35; HiSET online testing fee: $61.25. Regular fees: GED: $120 in total; HiSET paper-based: $93.75 in total; HiSET computer-based: $115 in total.
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 GED.com where you must set up your account with the portal MyGED.
GED scoring: This 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: This 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.
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.
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 get all set online through a respected internet-based course.
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 GED.com.
The GED contains four modular tests that cover the academic fields of Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Reasoning through Language Arts or Literacy. The HiSET exam includes five tests as the Literacy sections include separate writing and reading tests meaning the tests are in Math, Language Reading, Language Writing, Social Studies, and Science.