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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. After you pass the GED® test, your diploma or credential will be issued by your state, but you will also receive a GED® transcript to apply to college, start training, or get a better job. The test is part of the 2014 GED® program, the only high school equivalency program built to help adults qualify for college, training, or a good job with good wages.

At GED Testing Service, we believe that everyone deserves a fighting chance at a good job with good wages. That’s why the 2014 GED® program includes start-to-finish support and a test based on what’s needed to succeed in college and jobs.

Test Facts:
  • The first GED® test was created in 1942 and is updated every 10-15 years
  • The 2014 GED® test takes a little more than seven hours to complete
  • The 2014 GED® test is administered year-round at more than 1,500 testing centers worldwide
  • People with a high school credential earn, on average, $568,000 more in a lifetime than people without a high school credential
The GED program has changed the lives of more than 19 million people in 70 years. One decision shouldn’t define a lifetime—transform your life with the GED® test.

The Science Test focuses on three major content domains:
  • Life science
  • Physical Science
  • Earth and space science

Social Studies
The Social Studies Test will focus on four major content domains:
  • Civics and government
  • United States history
  • Economics
  • Geography and the world

Mathematical reasoning
The GED Mathematical Reasoning Test focuses on two major content areas: quantitative problem solving and algebraic problem solving.
  • Approximately 45 percent of the content in the test focuses on quantitative problem solving, and approximately 55 percent focuses on algebraic problem solving.

Reasoning through language arts
Focuses on three essential groupings of skills:
  • The ability to read closely
  • The ability to write clearly
  • The ability to edit and understand the use of standard written English in context

To Prepare and Apply for the Test

Please visit or your local community college.

Many public libraries and retail bookstores carry study guides to help individuals prepare for the test.

IL Constitution Test
To take a constitution pretest please visit the following website:

The actual constitution test is given at the ROE office by appointment or your local community college.

Duplicate GED Request

Should you need a duplicate of your GED certificate or transcript for a job or college, please print the following form and send to our office with appropriate fees.  Click Here for Duplicate Transcript Request Form