The General Educational Development (GED) Tests can give you the opportunity
to earn a high school equivalency certificate, a credential recognized
as a key to employment opportunities, advancement, further education,
and financial rewards. The Regional Office of Education, in partnership
with McHenry County College, coordinates the delivery of a program to
register, prepare, and certify high school equivalency candidates.
Required Documentation/Qualifiers for GED Registration
CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS 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 a 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 taking GED Test.
An individual who registers and takes the GED 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 driver’s license,
- valid passport,
- military ID,
- other forms of government-issued state, national or foreign identification
Proof of Residency in McHenry County
$50.00 Registration Fee (check, money order or cash)
Provide at the time of registration, proof of having passed the Illinois and U.S. Constitution tests in the form of a letter from the high school stating that the applicant has passed the tests, or,
Provide proof as noted above as testing progresses, but prior to issuance of the GED Certificate, or,
Pass the Illinois and U.S. Constitution tests as part of the GED certification process.
An individual may be eligible to take the GED test at 16 years of age only if they meet 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)
You must come into the Regional Office to register in person. Call
the Regional Office of Education (815) 334-4475 if you have any questions
regarding qualifications, fees, or acceptable forms of identification
prior to arriving at the ROE for registration.
Contents of the Test
With the exception of Part II of the Writing Skills Test, which requires
an essay, all questions on the GED Test are multiple choice with five
possible answers given. The questions range in difficulty from easy
to hard, and cover a wide range of subjects. The contents of the tests
are as follows:
Writing Skills - Part I (50 questions,
Science (50 questions, 80 minutes)
30% Sentence Structure
45% Life Science
35% Physical Science
20% Earth & Space Science
Language Arts: Reading (40 questions, 65
Writing Skills - Part II (essay, 45 minutes)
75% Literary Text
25% Nonfiction Prose
Social Studies (50 questions, 70 minutes)
Mathematics: Part I (Calculator) (25 Questions,
25% U.S. History
Mathematics: Part II (No Calculator) (25
questions, 45 minutes)
25% Civics & Government
20-30% Number, Number Sense & Operations
20-30% Measurement & Geometry
20-30% Data, Statistics & Probability
15% World History
20-30% Algebra, Functions & Patterns
An applicant shall make a standard score of 410 or above on each of
the five tests and a total standard score of at least 2,250 on the entire
battery (average score of 450 on all tests).
Preparation for the Exam
McHenry County College offers GED preparation programs free of charge.
The instructors for these programs can help you to determine your readiness
for the tests and/or areas which you need to review.
In addition to the five GED Tests, Illinois residents are required to
satisfactorily pass an examination on American patriotism and the principles
of representative government as enunciated in the American Declaration
of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America, and
the Constitution of the State of Illinois, as well as the proper use
and display of the American Flag as provided by 105 ILCS 27-3 of The
School Code of Illinois. Illinois and U.S. Constitution tests may
be taken at any time at McHenry County College.
Testing Hours & Location
McHenry County College
8900 U.S. Highway 14
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
GED Session Dates and Times
You must report to McHenry County College Testing Center no later
than 7:30 A.M. with a Signed Government Issued Photo I.D.
- Tuesday: LA/Writing and Math
- Wednesday: Science, Social Studies and LA/Reading
Appointments must be made by reporting in person to McHenry County
College Testing Center. You must bring the completed Demographic Booklet and copy of your completed application.
GED Testing Policy
As of February 1, 2003, the following policy shall be jointly implemented
by the McHenry Regional Office of Education and McHenry County College:
To cancel your scheduled test(s) you must contact McHenry County
College test center staff twenty four (24) hours in advance of the
GED test. Call (815) 455-8984 to do so.
After canceling your test the test center staff will forward a notice
to you and to the Regional Office of Education indicating that you have
canceled your test(s).
A second cancellation will require the repayment of the
$50.00 registration fee at the Regional Office of Education to reactivate
your file in order for you to reschedule.
You must report to McHenry County College Testing Center no later than
7:30 A.M. Any late arrivals will not be allowed to take their GED Test
and will be required to pay the repayment fee of $50.00.
If you do not cancel your scheduled test(s) 24 hours before
your scheduled appointment, this will be considered a no-show and you
will be required to pay the $50.00 registration fee at the Regional
Office of Education to reactivate your file in order to reschedule your
If you fail one or more of the tests of the GED, the Regional Office
of Education requires that you provide evidence of reinstruction in
the area(s) with which you had difficulty. This requirement is designed
to help you succeed. Verification can be provided in several ways. Review
the following possibilities to see which applies to you.
- Applicants who have completed the GED preparation class and/or pretesting
at MCC, may request reinstruction and practice from college personnel
and present the form letter provided by the college to verify reinstruction.
- Applicants who have not progressed through the process noted in
#1 may verify reinstruction using the form provided by the Regional
Office of Education. Such verification may be provided by any person
qualified to provide such reinstruction and may range from a certified
teacher to a friend or relative who can assist you.
Each GED Test, with the exception of the Language Arts: Writing
Test, requires a $10 retest fee. A $15 retest fee is required for the
Language Arts: Writing Test. Applicants who fail the constitution examination
will be permitted to review the subject matter and will be retested
at no cost.
Reinstruction for GED Retesting