About the GED Test

The current GED Test (2014) is divided into four subject areas.  The time allotted for the entire test is approximately 7 ½ hours.  There are only 4 10-minute break given during the test time, if one takes all four sections of the test in one day.  ROE 21 recommends the taker divide the test taking experience into one or two subtest per day, if possible.  The four sections of the test:

  • Reasoning Through Language Arts (includes a 10-minute break) – 150 minutes
  • Mathematical Reasoning – 120 minutes
  • Social Studies – 70 minutes
  • Science – 90 minutes

The cost is $30 per test session, or $120 for the entire test.  Credit/Debit Card is required.

A score of passing score 145 or above is required for each section.  Once the test taker has achieved a score of 145 on each section, the GED test is passed.  Test takers can take each subtest test three times.  After the third attempt for each subtest, a 60 day waiting period is required.

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How to Register for the GED

Go to the GED Testing Service Website at www.GED.com, where you can sign up for an account.  After providing a username and password, the site contains study plans, practice tests, materials, and more.  You will schedule your test through this site as well.  After you take each subtest, the GED Testing Service will email you your test results at the email address you used when registering, usually within the same day.

If you have questions or difficulty with the website, you can contact GED testing at (877) 392-6433.

What to Expect During the GED Test

Examinees must arrive 15 minutes before the beginning of testing and present a current (non-expired) government photo ID (i.e., driver’s license, state ID, military ID, or other form of government-issued ID) to be admitted to test.

Examinees are not permitted to bring purses, tote bags, cell phones, electronic devices, food items, calculators, textbooks, notebooks, jackets, coats, hats, or other nonessential items to their seats in the testing room.  All such items will be collected and stored in a locked cabinet.

Upcoming Test Dates

There are no upcoming events at this time.

ROE 21 GED Constitution

Constitution Test also required in Illinois

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the ICCB (Illinois Community College Board) has approved suspension of the Constitution Test requirement through June 30, 2022. As of July 1, 2022, the Constitution requirement for awarding the Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate returns. ICCB updated Constitute Requirement can be found HERE.

In addition to passing the 4 sections of the GED test, the State of Illinois requires the test taker to take a Constitution Test before receiving their GED Certificate.  This Constitution test is a 60 question multiple choice test (score of 36 is passing) covering the U.S. Constitution, Illinois Constitution, U.S. Flag, and Declaration of Independence.  The Constitution test can be taken at an ROE 21 office if you are a resident of Franklin, Williamson, Johnson, or Massac county.  Simply call the office in advance to arrange a test date and time.

If you took the Constitution Test in high school (in government/civics class), you can bring a copy of your high school transcript showing you passed the Constitution test to one of our ROE 21 offices.  Also, the Constitution test can be taken through GED classes at a community college.  A certificate from that college showing the date you passed the test can be used as proof you have already passed the Constitution test.  Bring that certificate to one of our ROE 21 offices.

For those taking the Constitution test, a Constitution Test study guide is available at the ROE21 office for $2.50.  Also, you can find a free online Constitution Test study guide at:   https://sites.google.com/site/constitutionstudyguide/