Top Policies

You are required to be 18 years old to take the GED® test in Illinois.

You can be 17 and take the GED® test if you provide a withdrawal letter from the last school attended.  

Please review the full documentation requirements on the Illinois Community College Board’s website:

If homeschooled, you must provide a signed letter from the person responsible for the homeschooling [e.g., parent, guardian, instructor, etc.]  stating that the program has been completed. 

Proof of withdrawal may be emailed to or faxed to  217-558-6700.

16 year olds are not eligible to take the GED® test unless currently enrolled in a Regional Safe Schools Program, an Alternative Learning Opportunities Program, or the Lincoln’s Challenge Academy. Those programs must petition on the student’s behalf for the student to be approved to take the GED® test.

Yes, in Illinois you’re required to be a resident for 30 days or more.

You will be required to prove residency on the day of your exam. Please bring a government-issued photo ID with you when you test. If that photo ID does not have a current Illinois address, you will also need to provide proof of residency.

Some states allow people who don’t live there to take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that you’re interested to test in.

No, Illinois doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom.

No, you’re not required to take the GED Ready® practice test before taking the official GED® test.

Yes, in Illinois you’re required to pass the U.S. and Illinois State Constitution Test. The constitution test is free to take, and can be taken at Regional Offices of Education or some adult education programs. To learn more about this requirement, contact the Regional Office of Education for your county. To locate your Regional Office of Education, visit the ROE locator at here or call 217-558-5668.

Price & Payment

Illinois charges $30 per module for the GED® test.

You will pay for the test online with a debit or credit card when you schedule your test.

Don’t have a credit or debit card? Some students use American Express Bluebird. Register for a free Bluebird card online and add funds with cash at a Walmart location. Learn more about Bluebird.

Test Retake Policies

In Illinois, there is no waiting period if you do not pass a subject area test the first time. After taking a test subject 3 times, you'll have to wait 60 days before retesting. There's no limit to how many times you can test in a year.

You will receive two discounted retakes for every GED® test subject you purchase but don’t pass. You have 365 days after your full price test to use these retakes. After receiving two retakes at the reduced price, the price of the test subject returns to the regular price. If you do not pass that subject again, you will receive two more retakes at the reduced rate. GED Testing Service waives its $20 testing fee, however additional testing fees may still apply in your state.

Illinois charges a $10 fee for test retakes.

Transcripts & Diploma

There may be additional requirements that you need to meet. We recommend contacting your local test center or your state’s office at (217) 558-5668.

You must contact the Regional Office of Education for the county in which you tested in to request your transcripts or certificates. 

Cook County residents should contact the Cook County High School Equivalency Records Office at or by calling 1-312-814-4488.

In Illinois the credential is called the Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate.


Yes, in Illinois you can take all test subjects in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

Yes, in Illinois you can test in English or Spanish and you can combine tests from different languages to earn your credential.

It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement. Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator in that state with questions.

Jennifer K. Foster
GED Administrator
Illinois Community College Board
401 E. Capitol Avenue
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 558-5668