High School Equivalency (HSE)
High School Equivalency Program at IVCC
IVCC administers the GED® as an option to fulfill your high school equivalency certificate. The GED covers four academic areas: Language Arts (Writing and Reading), Math, Science and Social Students. Illinois also utilizes the HiSET and the TASC as other options to obtain your HSE certificate.
The tests range from 75 to 150 minutes each. The testing schedule is purposefully set up to allow an individual to take at least two of the exams on the same day. Candidates will need to plan for a minimum of two days for testing to complete all four subject areas.
Illinois residents must also pass a Constitution exam that focuses on the US and Illinois state Constitutions. The Constitution exam is administered by IVCC Adult Education office. Individuals that can produce an official high school transcript or verified letter from an Illinois high school that verifies the Constitution requirement was met before the student left high school do not have to take the Constitution exam.
Yes, IVCC's Adult Education Program offers HSE preparation classes at the IVCC campuses. Call (815) 224-0358 for more information.
Constitution study information can be found online at
https://sites.google.com/site/constitutionstudyguide/ or www.usconstitution.net
The GED test have a required passing score of 150 for each subject area. Candidates need to reach a score of a least 150 per subject and a total score of 600 or higher across the four subject tests in order in to receive the GED credential. GED testers may also earn an "Honors" score if they receive a 170 or higher on any subject. Certain GED subject tests scores may also place or exempt students from certain IVCC courses.
Unofficial results are now almost available within 24 hours at the GED website. Candidates log into their accounts to obtain their results.
The Constitution exam is a pass/fail exam. Candidates will find out immediately following the exam whether or not they have passed.
Upon completion of all testing, individuals will contact the Regional Office of Education where they reside for an official transcript. The Regional Office of Education will also need the proof of completion of either fulfilling the Constitution requirement at in Illinois high school or taking the constitution exam.
If a person doesn't pass the test, they may retake all or one of subject area of the GED. GED may offer a retake discount periodically. A person is eligible for testing three times per subject per calendar year. In Illinois, retesting is permitted without testing in all subject areas initially.