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About the GED® Tests

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What Do the GED Tests Cover?

  • Reasoning Through Language Arts

    (150 minutes)
    • Section 1 (35 minutes) *
    • Section 2 (45 minutes)
    • Student Break (10 minutes)
    • Section 3 (60 minutes) *
    • *The time allotted for sections 1 and 3 may vary slightly, but the total test time will always be 150 minutes.
  • Social Studies

    (70 minutes)
  • Science

    (90 minutes with 2 short answer questions)
  • Mathematical Reasoning

    (115 minutes)
    • Part 1 - (first 5 test questions) calculator not allowed
    • Part 2 - (remaining 41 test questions) calculator allowed
  • U.S. and Illinois Constitution

    • 60 questions, no time limit

How Do I Pass the Tests?

Test-takers will need to reach a score of at least 145 on each of the four content areas (Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies) in order to be eligible to receive a high school equivalency credential.

How Do I Register to Take the Tests?

Registration can be done online at or over the phone at 877-392-6433. Tests must be taken at the Testing Center at Sauk Valley Community College.