GED Classes: Illinois

The General Equivalency Diploma is the best way to find better paying work, a more fulfilling career, and better options for future learning opportunities. In Illinois, over 150,000 people have completed their GEDs since 2002. Because 97% of employers and educators recognize the GED credential as an acceptable alternative to a traditional high school diploma, getting your diploma will open many doors that were previously closed. Over the course of 2013, Illinois’ job market added thousands of jobs to key industries: Healthcare, Education, and Professional/Business Services. Healthcare and Education added 4,000 jobs while Business Services added 30,000 jobs! To get access to these highly-demanded fields, you need to have an education. In healthcare especially, entry-level positions are springing up all over the country. The first step is getting your GED. Starting in 2014, the GED Testing Service will be making the computerized testing format the main option for test-takers across the country. Enrolling in GED classes is one of the best ways to get comfortable with the computer-format of testing. Not only that, but study programs can provide valuable review and explanations for each test subject.

 Frequently Asked Questions

How do I Get my GED in Illinois?

You must meet the following requirements to get your GED in Illinois:

  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Not have completed high school
  • Pass a U.S. Constitution Test
  • Legally reside in Illinois for at least 30 days 

If you meet the previous requirements, you can register to take your GED test at any time. There are five subjects that must be passed on the official test and once you’ve completed each one, your degree is finished. You can take all five subjects at once or each one separately; there is no time limit to finishing the entire test.

What is Required to Take a GED Class in Illinois?

GED Classes are offered for free in many places throughout Illinois. There are no prerequisites needed to enroll in a GED study program or test-prep course. For some educational institutions, it may be necessary to prove your financial need to receive free tuition on adult education classes. At other places, you may have to take placement tests.

Where are GED Classes in Illinois?

GED Classes are available in Illinois at the following types of institutions:

  • Adult Education Centers
  • Community Service Programs
  • Community and Technical Colleges 

In Chicago – There are over 30 different study programs available for GED preparation in the Chicago area. Some of the most popular include the Able Career Institute, the Anixter Center Literacy Program, Centro Romero, the Chicago Urban League, and Knowledge Hook-Up.

In Aurora – There are many options in the area around Aurora, but specific listings for the city are limited to two main programs: Family Focus Aurora and the Quad County Urban League.

In Springfield – The best places to find GED classes in Springfield are the Elizabeth Ann Seton Program, the Lawrence Education Center, and Magic Education #1 Project Rebound.

For more information and specific listings of GED study programs in Illinois, visit the online directory at the National Literacy Directory.

When is the next official GED Test in Illinois?

Official testing centers are sponsored by the state and hold regular business hours on weekdays. There are also options for weekend testing. With the new computer format for tests, it is possible to register for your GED test online. You must take the test in person for credit, but registration and test results are simplified with the new format. There is no time limit to finishing the test, so take your time and prepare as much as you can. The next test is ready whenever you sign up to take it.


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