High School Equivalency Testing and Transcript Requests

Request a Transcript/Certificate

To request an official GED transcript complete the GED Transcript Request Form.

Unofficial Transcript: Free

Official Transcript: $10 per copy

High School Equivalency Certificate: $10 per copy

Register to take the GED Test

To register for the GED test, individuals must create an account and register through GED Testing Service.

If an individual has a documented learning, physical or emotional disability they may qualify for accommodations for test administration. Testing accomodations can be made directly through the GED website or by emailing accommodations@ged.com

GED Testing

What is the GED test? 

The 2014 GED test is a four-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers.  The four subjects are Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts.  

Eligibility to take the GED test

An individual is eligible to take the GED test given they meet the guidelines listed below:

  • 17 years of age or older
  • is not a high school graduate or GED graduate
  • has maintained residence in the state of Illinois for thirty days

Note: If an individual is of school age 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 before registering to take the GED test. 

Exceptions: An individual may be eligible to take the GED test at 16 years of age only if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • has maintained residence for thirty days in the State of Illinois; and
  • enrolled in an alternative education program under Section 2-3.81, 13A, or 13B of the Illinois School Code; or
  • enrolled in a youth education program under the Illinois National Guard (i.e.,Lincoln’s Challenge)

An individual who takes the GED Test must show an acceptable form of identification that displays the name, address, date of birth, signature, and photograph.  The acceptable forms of identification are listed below:

  • a valid driver’s license
  • a valid passport
  • a military ID
  • other State of Illinois issued identification

Registration Fee 

A $30.00 fee for each test (Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, Reasoning through Language Arts) will be paid online with a debit or credit card during GED testing registration. 

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.


Any individual who fails to make the required scores on the GED tests has the option of reatking the individual test which was failed.  Examinees must register via the GED Testing Service website.

Constitution Test

Candidates for the Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate must provide proof of passing the Constitution test. The test covers the Illinois and United States Constitutions, the Declaration of Independence, and the flag code and must be passed, if it was not passed in an Illinois high school.  Individuals are encouraged to take the Constitution test before taking the GED test.

The Constitution test may be taken at the Regional Office of Education free of charge. No registration or appointment is needed. 


For more information on Illinois High School Equivalency, visit Illinois Community College Board: Adult Education & Literacy