Illinois GED Examination Overview

Illinois GEDThe General Educational Development (GED) Exams are a collection of exams designed to determine whether or not a student has the educational skills of a average high school graduate. The GED Examinations are always delivered in person at one of the testing locations in Illinois (see list of IL GED testing centers at bottom of page).   People who have not received a high school diploma are candidates for the Illinois GED tests. 

The GED Examination scores are benchmarked against the many graduating high school seniors.   Presently, the passing rating on the GED exams are equal to what the highest 60 percent of high school graduating seniors would earn.  The GED credential is issued by Illinois for students dwelling in Illinois.  The GED credential is usually considered to be equal to a IL high school diploma.

Illinois GED Administrator

Jennifer K. Foster
GED Administrator
Illinois Community College Board
401 E. Capitol Avenue
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 558-5668

Illinois GED Test Overview

The GED Exams consist of one written essay and five topic area examinations.  The topic area tests contain a total of 240 multiple option questions.  IL students are given a total of 425 minutes to complete the entire examination. More detailed helpful hints on the exams are given out below.

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Illinois GED Test Areas

GED Test Area: Language Arts, Writing, Part I    
Time: 75 minutes
Number of Questions:  50
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Assesses a student’s skill to revise and edit office and informational documents.  Covers areas such as: usage, organization, mechanics, and sentence structure.

GED Test Area Language Arts, Writing, Part II   
Time: 45 minutes
Number of Questions:  1 essay
Measures the student’s capacity to write down an essay that informs, clarifies or explains.  Topics don't require specialized knowledge as they are general in nature.

GED Test Area: Social Studies   
Time: 70 minutes
Number of Questions:  50
Free GED Social Studies Practice Test
Measures a student’s knowledge of  economics, major history, civics concepts, and geography.  Topics include: U.S. History, Geography, Civics and Government, Economics, and World History.

GED Test Area: Science   
Time: 80 minutes
Number of Questions:  50
Free GED Science Practice Test
Evaluates a student’s skill in understanding the chief ideas in physical sciences. Topics include: Earth and Space Science, Life Science and Physical Science.

GED Test Area: Language Arts, Reading   
Time: 65 minutes
Number of Questions:  40
Free GED Language Arts Reading Practice Test

Measures a student’s reading comprehension. Students are administered several passages and use their referring and reasoning abilities to: find essential details, establish essential ideas, find out sequences of events and make comparisons. Evaluates a student’s potential to understand, apply, analyze and synthesize information.

GED Test Area: Mathematics   
Time: 90 minutes
Number of Questions:  50
Free GED Math Practice Test
Covers fundamental mathematical skills that are expected for a high school graduate.  Students are be evaluated on: algebra, functions and patterns; number operation and number sense; geometry and measurement; and data analysis, statistics, and probability.

Illinois GED ROE (Regional Offices Of Education) Test Locations Directory

County: Adams, Pike
Regional Superintendent: Deborah J. Niederhauser
507 Vermont Street
Quincy, Illinois 62301
website: www.wc4.org/
Phone: 217/277-2080
Fax: 217/277-2092

County: Alexander, Johnson, Massac, Union
Regional Superintendent: Janet Ulrich
17 Rustic Campus Drive
Ullin, Illinois 62992
website: www.wc4.org/
Phone: 618/634-2292
Fax: 618/634-2294

County: Bond, Effingham, Fayette
Regional Superintendent: Mark Drone
300 South 7th Street
Vandalia, Illinois 62471
website: www.fayette.k12.il.us/roeweb/
Phone: 618/283-5011
Fax: 618/283-5013

County: Boone, Winnebago
Regional Superintendent: Richard Fairgrieves
300 Heart Boulevard
Loves Park, Illinois 61111-7516
website: www.4roe.org
Phone: 815/636-3060
Fax: 815/636-3069

County: North Suburban Cook
Regional Superintendent: Robert Ingraffia
2340 Des Plaines River Rd., Ste. 414
Des Plaines, Illinois 60018
www.ncisc.org
Phone: 847-824-8300
Fax: 847-824-1033

County: West Suburban Cook
Regional Superintendent: Kay Poyner Brown
2701 W. Washington Blvd., 2nd Flr. West
Bellwood, Illinois 60104
www.west40.org
Phone: 708-544-4890
Fax: 708-544-4891

County: South Suburban Cook
Regional Superintendent: Dr. Vanessa Kinder
253 West Joe Orr Road
Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411
www.s-cook.org
Phone: 708-754-6600
Fax: 708-754-8687


County: Carroll, JoDaviess, Stephenson
Regional Superintendent: Marie Stiefel
500 North Rush Street
Stockton, Illinois 61085
Phone: 815/947-3810
Fax: 815/947-2717

County: Champaign, Ford
Regional Superintendent: Jane Quinlan
200 South Fredrick Street
Rantoul, Illinois 61866
website: www.roe9.k12.il.us/home.html
Phone: 217/893-3219
Fax: 217/893-0024

County: Christian, Montgomery
Regional Superintendent: Greg Springer
Christian-Montgomery ROE
203 S. Main St., Courthouse Annex
Hillsboro, Illinois 62049
website: www.montgomery.k12.il.us
Phone: 217/532-9591
Fax: 217-532-5756

County: Clark, Coles,Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie, Shelby
Regional Superintendent: Dr. Bobbi Mattingly (Contact for Regional Superintendent)
730 7th Street
Charleston, Illinois 61920
website: www.roe11.k12.il.us/
Phone: 217/348-0151
Fax: 217/348-0171

County: Clay, Crawford, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland
Regional Superintendent: Carol Steinman
103 West Main Street
Olney, Illinois 62450

Phone: 618/392-4631
Fax: 618/392-3993

County: Clinton, Marion, Washington
Regional Superintendent: Keri Garrett
930-B Fairfax Street
Carlyle, Illinois 62231
website: www.roe13.k12.il.us
Phone: 618/594-2432
Fax: 618/594-7192

County: City of Chicago
Regional Superintendent: Illinois State Board of Education
Chicago ROE Services
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777
Phone: 217/782-2948
Fax: 217/524-1289

County: DeKalb
Regional Superintendent: Gilbert E. Morrison, Jr.
2500 N. Annie Glidden Rd, Ste C
DeKalb, IL 60115
website:www.dekalbcounty.org/ROE/roe.html
Phone: 815/217-0460
Fax: 815/217-0467

County: DeWitt, Livingston, McLean
Regional Superintendent: Mark Jontry
905 N. Main St., Suite One
Normal, Illinois 61766
website: www.ROE17.org
Phone: 309/888-5120
Fax: 309/862-0420

County: DuPage
Regional Superintendent: Darlene J. Ruscitti
421 County Farm Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
website: www.dupage.k12.il.us/
Phone: 630/407-5800
Fax: 630/407-5801

County: Edwards, Gallatin, Hardin, Pope, Saline, Wabash, Wayne, White
Regional Superintendent: Lawrence Fillingim
512 North Main Street
Harrisburg, Illinois 62946
website: www.roe20.k12.il.us/
Phone: 618/253-5581
Fax: 618/252-8472


County: Franklin, Williamson
Regional Superintendent: Matt Donkin
202 West Main
Benton, Illinois 62812
website: www.roe21.org
Phone: 618/438-9711
Fax: 618/435-2861

County: Fulton, Schuyler
Regional Superintendent: Dave Demler, (Acting Supt.) (effect. July)
257 W. Lincoln
Lewistown, Illinois 61542
website: www.roe22.net
Phone: 309/518-8029
Fax: 309/518-8024

County: Grundy, Kendall
Regional Superintendent: Paul Nordstrom
1320 Union Street
Morris, Illinois 60450
website: www.grundy.k12.il.us/
Phone: 815/941-3247
Fax: 815/942-5384

County: Hamilton, Jefferson
Regional Superintendent: Ron Daniels
1714 Broadway Street
Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864
website: www.roe25.com
Phone: 618/244-8040
Fax: 618/244-8073

County: Hancock, McDonough
Regional Superintendent: John Meixner
130 South LaFayette, Suite 200
Macomb, Illinois 61455-2556
website: www.roe26.net
Phone: 309/837-4821
Fax: 309/837-2887

County: Henderson, Mercer, Warren
Regional Superintendent: Jodi L. Scott
200 West Broadway
Monmouth, Illinois 61462
website: www.hmwroe27.com
Phone: 309/734-6822
Fax: 309/734-2452

County: Bureau, Henry, Stark
Regional Superintendent: Bruce Dennison
107 S. State Street
Atkinson, Illinois 61235
www.bhsroe.org
Phone: 309/936-7890
Fax: 309/936-1111


County: Jackson, Perry
Regional Superintendent: Donna Boros
Jackson County Courthouse
1001 Walnut Street
Murphysboro, Illinois 62966
website: www.roe30.k12.il.us/
Phone: 618/687-7290
Fax: 618/687-7296

County: Kane
Regional Superintendent: Douglas Johnson
210 South 6th Street
Geneva, Illinois 60134
website: www.kane.k12.il.us
Phone: 630/232-5955
Fax: 630/208-5115

County: Iroquois, Kankakee
Regional Superintendent: Kathleen Pangle
189 East Court Street, Suite 600
Kankakee, Illinois 60901
website: www.i-kan.org
Phone: 815/937-2950
Fax: 815/937-2921

County: Knox
Regional Superintendent: Bonnie Harris
121 S. Prairie Street
P.O. Box 430
Galesburg, Illinois 61401
website: www.roe33.net
Phone: 309/345-3828
Fax: 309-345-6735

County: Lake
Regional Superintendent: Roycealee Wood
800 Lancer Lane, Suite E-128
Grayslake, Illinois 60030-2656
website: www.lake.k12.il.us/
Phone: 847/543-7833
Fax: 847/543-7832

County: LaSalle
Regional Superintendent: James E. Carlson (Interim)
119 West Madison, Room 102
Ottawa, Illinois 61350
website: www.roe35.k12.il.us
Phone: 815/434-0780
Fax: 815/434-2453

County: Logan, Mason, Menard
Regional Superintendent: Jean Anderson
Dr. John Logan County Building
122 N. McLean St.
Lincoln, Illinois 62656
website: logan.k12.il.us/roe38
Phone: 217/732-8388
Fax: 217/735-1569

County: Macon, Piatt
Regional Superintendent: Matthew Snyder 1690 Huston Drive
Decatur, Illinois 62526
website: www.maconpiattroe.com
Phone: 217/872-3721
Fax: 217/872-0239

County: Calhoun, Greene Jersey, Macoupin
Regional Superintendent: Larry Pfeiffer
826 North Broad Street
Carlinville, Illinois 62626
website: www.roe40.com
Phone: 217/854-4016
Fax: 217-854-2032

County: Madison
Regional Superintendent: Robert Daiber
157 North Main-Suite 438
P. O. Box 600
Edwardsville, Illinois 62025
website: www.madison.k12.il.us/
Phone: 618/296-4530
Fax: 618/692-7018

County: Marshall, Putnam, Woodford
Regional Superintendent: Ronda Bangert-Cross
117 South Jefferson Street
P.O. Box 340
Washburn, Illinois 61570
website: www.roe43.org
Phone: 309/248-8212
Fax: 309/248-7983

website: http://mchenryroe.org

County: Monroe, Randolph
Regional Superintendent: Marc L. Kiehna
107 E. Mill Street
Waterloo, Illinois 62298
website: www.roe45.org
Phone: 618/939-5650
Fax: 618/939-5332

County: Brown, Cass, Morgan, Scott
Regional Superintendent: Jeff Stephens
110 N. West Street
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
website: www.roe46.net
Phone: 217/243-1804
Fax: 217/243-5354

County: Lee, Ogle
Regional Superintendent: Amy Jo Clemens
7772 Clinton St.-Grand Detour
Dixon, Illinois 61021
website: www.leeogle.org/
Phone: 815/652-2054
Fax: 815/652-2053

County: Peoria
Regional Superintendent: Gerald M. Brookhart
Peoria County Courthouse
324 Main St., Room 401
Peoria, Illinois 61602
peoria.k12.il.us/roe48/
Phone: 309/672-6906
Fax: 309/672-6053

County: Rock Island
Regional Superintendent: James T. Widdop
3430 Avenue of the Cities
Moline, Illinois 61265
website: www.riroe.com/
Phone: 309/736-1111
Fax: 309/736-1127

County: St. Clair
Regional Superintendent: Brad Harriman
1000 South Illinois Street
Belleville, Illinois 62220
website: www.stclair.k12.il.us/
Phone: 618/825-3900
Fax: 618/825-3999

County: Sangamon
Regional Superintendent: Jeff Vose
Sangamon County Complex
200 South Ninth Street
Room 303
Springfield, Illinois 62701
website: www.roe51.org
Phone: 217/753-6620
Fax: 217/535-3166

County: Tazewell
Regional Superintendent: Rob Houchin
414 Court Street
Tazewell Building
Suite 104
Pekin, Illinois 61554
website: www.roe53.net
Phone: 309/477-2290
Fax: 309/347-3735

County: Vermilion
Regional Superintendent: Cheryl Reifsteck
200 South College Street
Suite B
Danville, Illinois 61832
website: www.roe54.k12.il.us/
Phone: 217/431-2668
Fax: 217/431-2671


County: Whiteside
Regional Superintendent: Gary J. Steinert
1001 West 23rd Street
Sterling, Illinois 61081
Phone: 815/625-1495
Fax: 815/625-1625

County: Will
Regional Superintendent: Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant
702 W. Maple St.
New Lenox, IL 60451
website: www.willroe.org/
Phone: 815/740-8360
Fax: 815/740-4788