ROE #21 GED Testing Services

The Illinois State Board of Education has the responsibility for coordinating a statewide system for the issuance of high school equivalency certificates. While the registration process is completed at www.GED.com, ROEs have administrative and certificate issuance authority in all regions of the state, except Cook County. ROE 21 has a GED testing site, and it is through our office that you receive your GED transcript and certificate when you have passed the test. You must be registered with GED as a resident of Franklin, Johnson, Massac or Williamson County for us to be able to print your transcript or certificate. Also, if you have any questions about the GED and taking the test, please contact us.

Upcoming GED Test Dates

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GED Test Eligibility

An individual is eligible to take the GED test if they meet all the following conditions:

  • Is 17 years of age or older*

  • Does not have a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate

  • Is a resident of the State of Illinois

*If an individual is 17 years of age and has been enrolled public, private, or home school setting in the last 12 months, they must present a withdrawal letter from the last school attended before taking the GED test.  Proof of withdrawal can be emailed to leann.arsenault@illinois.gov or faxed to 217-558-6700.

Request a Transcript and/or Certificate

Once you have passed your GED test and Constitution test, you are eligible to obtain your GED Transcript and Certificate. The State required fees are:  $10 for each Transcript, and $10 for each Certificate. The GED transcript and certificate can be only obtained at the local ROE of your residence as provided on your GED registration. ROE 21 can only administer GED transcripts and certificates to people who are registered as residents of Franklin, Johnson, Massac, or Williamson county with the GED Testing Service.

To obtain in person:  Bring your State of Illinois driver’s license, other form of photo ID as well as the fee (cash, money order, or certified check – no personal checks accepted.)

By mail: Complete and mail this GED Request Form with a copy of a valid photo ID, and appropriate payment (cash, money order, certified check –no personal checks accepted.) Candidate’s signature and copy of photo ID is required for processing the request. This ROE21 GED Request Form can also be used by employers and educational institutions.

If you were not registered with GED as a resident of a ROE #21 county (Franklin, Johnson, Massac, Williamson) at the time of your GED test, you will need to contact the ROE in the county you gave as your residence when registering for the GED test. View listing of ROE’s and their counties in Illinois.

If you have any questions about GED Testing, or the ROE #21’s GED testing services, please call our office.

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 breaks 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 subtests per day, if possible. The four sections of the test:

  • Reasoning Through Language Arts

    150 minutes (includes a 10-minute break)

  • Mathematical Reasoning

    120 minutes

  • Social Studies

    70 minutes

  • Science

    90 minutes

The cost is $30 per test session or $120 for the entire test.  A credit/debit card is required.

A 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.

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.

Constitution Test Also Required in Illinois

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.