How old do I have to be before I can take the GED Tests?
You must be 17 years of age or older, officially dropped from high school and have been a resident of Illinois for at least 30 days.
How do I prepare for the GED Tests?
Attend a class at IVCC or at an off-campus site in or near your town. Call Cindy at 815-224-0358.
Do you offer night classes?
Yes. Day and night classes are available or one-to-one tutoring (based on eligibility and availability) may be arranged to fit your schedule.
Do I have to attend GED preparation classes?
No. But, we strongly suggest completing the Official GED Practice Tests at one of our GED preparation sites prior to taking the GED Tests. Statistically, more students are successful at passing the GED Tests after attending GED preparation classes.
If I decide to attend classes, how long will it take before I am ready to take the GED Tests?
We offer several assessment tools to determine grade level and then help you set a realistic goal for achieving your GED. The TABE test determines grade level, and the Official GED Practice Tests gives an idea of how you might score on the actual GED Tests.
How much do GED preparation classes cost?
All GED classes and the materials that you will use are provided at no cost to the student.
What subjects are covered on the GED Tests?
Writing skills/Essay, Social Studies, Science, Literature and Mathematics.
Do I have to take the Constitution exam?
In addition to the five subtests, Illinois residents are required to pass a Constitution examination. You must have verification of passing the test at the time of GED test registration.
Is there a fee to take the GED Tests?
Yes. A $50 fee is due at the time you apply to take the test. This fee covers the cost of the testing and the official certificate upon completion and is good for one calendar year.
How do I sign up for the GED Tests?
You may register at the Assessment Center at IVCC or at the Regional Superintendent’s office located at 119 West Madison St. Courthouse, Room 102 in Ottawa.
Can I retake portions of the test that I did not pass?
Yes. The retest fee for each test is $10 with the exception of the Writing Skills test, which is $15. You may sign up to retake at IVCC’s Assessment Center or at the Regional Superintendent’s office.
What does GED® stand for?
General Educational Development
Is getting a GED credential really as good as a high school diploma?
Yes. The GED credential is recognized nationwide by most employers and colleges as the equivalent to a high school diploma.
What if I still have questions about GED classes or the tests?
Please call IVCC's Adult Education Program at 815-224-0358 (Cindy).