The General Educational Development Test (GED®)

The General Educational Development Test (GED®)

The specific purpose of the GED® Test is the measurement of the educational development of adults who have not completed their formal high school education. Adults may earn a High School Equivalency Certificate and thus qualify for admission to colleges or other educational institutions, meet educational requirements for employment or promotion, satisfy educational qualifications for induction into the armed services, fulfill requirements of local or state licensing boards, or gain personal satisfaction.


Illinois does not require you to prepare for the GED® exam in an adult education classroom to take a practice test before testing, but it is strongly recommended.

Danville Area Community College offers both day and night GED® preparation classes free of charge at various locations within Vermilion County.

Location Days Times
Danville Area Community
Monday-Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm
Danville Area Community
Mondays &
The American Job Center Monday-Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm
Danville Housing Authority Monday-Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm
Hoopeston Higher Learning
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00pm-8:30pm
Westville Jr. High School Mondays &
Head Start Center Monday-Thursday 12:30pm-2:30pm


The 2014 GED Test consists of 4 subject areas:

  1. Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) (150 minutes)

    • Section 1 (27 minutes*)
    • Section 2 (45 minutes)
    • Student Break (10 minutes)
    • Section 3 (60 minutes*)

* The time allotted for sections 1 and 3 may vary slightly, but the total test time will always be 150 minutes.

  1. Mathematical Reasoning (115 minutes)

    • Part 1 (first 5 test questions) calculator not allowed
    • Part 2 – (remaining 41 test questions) calculator allowed
  2. Science (90 minutes)
  3. Social Studies (90 minutes)

    • Section 1 (65 minutes)
    • Section 2 (25 minutes)

Tests are administered in English and Spanish

You can test 3 times on each subject without waiting. After the third attempt, you must wait 60 days before each subsequent attempt until the end of the calendar year. There 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. GED® Testing Service waives its $20 testing fee, however Illinois charges a $10 fee for test retakes.


In order to earn an Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate, you must take and pass the Constitution test as required by Illinois Compiled Statutes – School Code (105 ILCS 5/27-3) in addition to passing the 4 parts of the GED test. There is no fee to take the Constitution exam, and you must pass all 4 parts of the GED® test before you are allowed to take the Constitution test.


The Constitution Study Guide of the United States and State of Illinois can be downloaded here: CSG English or CSG Spanish or you can order a printed copy directly from Curriculum Publications Clearinghouse by calling 309-756-2194 ext. 2. Please contact Danville Area Community College’s Testing Center at 217-443-8708 for more information about scheduling the Constitution Test.


An individual is eligible to take the GED® Test given they meet all of the following conditions:

  • 17 years of age or older*
  • does not have a high school diploma or high school equivalency credential and is not currently enrolled in a secondary school
  • is a resident of the State of Illinois

Note: *If an individual is 17 years old and has been enrolled in a public, private, or a home school setting in the last 12 months, they must present a withdrawal letter from the last school enrolled in before taking the GED® tests.

Withdrawal letters must be on school letterhead and signed by a school official, must include the candidate’s full name and date of birth, and must include the formal withdrawal date/last date of attendance. Transcripts are not acceptable as proof of withdrawal unless they include a formal withdrawal date and the signature of a school official.

If home schooled, the candidate must provide a letter from the person responsible for the home schooling [e.g., instructor, tutor, parent, guardian, etc.] stating the program has been completed, the individual is no longer required to be home schooled, and the individual has been cleared to take the GED® exam. The letter should include the candidate’s full name and date of birth. Letters from home schooled students must include a physical signature from the individual responsible for the home schooling.


The cost to take the GED® test is $30 per subject. A total of 4 test subjects comprise the GED® exam, meaning the full GED® total cost is $120.You will pay for the test online at 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.


Not all individuals can be fairly tested under standard conditions. If you have a documented learning, physical or emotional disability, you may qualify for accommodations for a GED® test administration. If approved, accommodations are provided at no additional charge.

For information on how to request accommodations for the 2014 GED® tests, visit or email

Accommodation forms and supporting documentation can be faxed directly to GED® Testing Service at Fax: 202-464-4894.


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

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The Vermilion County Regional Office of Education
Phone: 217-431-2668
Fax: 217-431-2671
200 College Street B
Danville, IL 61832


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