Adams / Pike GED Testing
The GED Test is changing in 2014. Test dates are filling up quickly. Please register as soon as possible to ensure your preferred testing dates. Scroll down to the end of this page for additional information.
Adams / Pike applicants must register in person with the Adams / Pike Regional Office of Education at our location in Quincy or Pittsfield. The Quincy office is open from 8:30 - 4:30 Monday through Friday. The Pittsfield office is open from 8:00 - 4:00 Monday through Friday.
Please bring a valid government issued form of ID (i.e., valid driver’s license, valid state ID, valid passport) and the registration fee.
GED Tests are administered at the John Wood Community College Campus in Quincy and in Pittsfield, Illinois.
John Wood Community College
1301 S. 48th Street
John Wood Community College
1308 West Washington
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 and is a current resident of Adams or Pike County
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 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
A $50.00 fee for testing and issuance of the High School Equivalency Certificate must be paid at the time of registration. Cash, check or money order are the only acceptable form of payment.
What to Expect During the GED Test
Examinees must arrive on time and present a government photo ID (i.e., driver’s license, state ID, military ID, or other form of government-issued ID) to be admitted to the GED Test administration.
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 at the examinee’s risk.
Instructions are given before each timed subject test. Examination materials such as pens, pencils, and scratch paper are provided. A calculator is provided for Part I of the Mathematics subject test.
GED Subject Tests
There are five subject tests: Language Arts – Writing, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts-Reading. Examinees must acquire the minimum required scores on the GED Test and the Illinois and United States Constitution Test to acquire the High School Equivalency Certificate.
The test covering the Illinois and United States Constitutions, the Declaration of Independence, and the flag code 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.
Any individual who fails to make the required scores on the GED Tests has the option of taking the entire battery of tests or the individual test which was failed. Examinees must register with the Regional Office of Education. The retest fee for the Language Arts-Writing is $15. All other subject area retest fees are $10 each.
GED Test Results
The Adams/Pike Regional Office of Education will notify examinees of test results within two to three weeks. The Regional Office will mail the High School Equivalency Certificate to the examinee upon passing of the GED and Constitution Tests.
GED Testing Changes
There will be a new GED Test coming in 2014. The current version of the GED Test will expire at the end of 2013. If a person has started, but not successfully completed all portions of the GED test by the end of 2013, the scores will become invalid and the person will need to retake all sections of the new test. Per the State of Illinois, the GED testing fee will increase to $130 with the new test in 2014. If you have questions, please call the Regional Office of Education or access the link below.