Credentialing and Requesting a Certificate/Transcript
Candidates who have passed the GED® or HiSET® test along with meeting the Constitution Test requirement should contact the Regional Office of Education (ROE)* for the county of which the tester resides to request the Illinois High School Equivalency (HSE) Certificate and Official Transcript.
There is a $10.00 fee for a copy of an HSE transcript and a $10.00 fee for a copy of the certificate. Individuals who have secured an HSE certificate may request that a transcript be sent to a third party by clicking on the link at the top of the page and completing a Transcript Request Form. In each case, exact cash or money order only are acceptable. NO PERSONAL CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED. Completed Request Forms should be mailed along with enclosed fees to:
Regional Office of Education 35
Attn: Hannah DeBernardi
119 W Madison Street Room 102
Ottawa, IL 61350
For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact our office (815) 434-0780.
GED®/HiSET® Test Information
All candidates register and schedule GED/HSE testing by creating an account at https://ged.com/ OR https://hiset.ets.org/. Test candidates will find available locations, scheduling and payment options and information about testing on the respective website. Applicants must be an Illinois resident for at least 30 days and provide state-issued identification at the scheduled test date. For information on GED or HiSET testing or preparation classes contact Cindy Lock at (815)224-0358 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Testers seeking a High School Equivalency credential must meet the IL Constitution requirements as required by the Illinois Compiled Statutes – School Code (105 ILCS 5/27-3). Testers should submit a high school transcript indicating the School Code requirement or by completing the Constitution Test before, during, or after GED/HiSET testing. The free constitution exam is administered by Adult Education. Candidates may contact Cindy Lock at (815) 224-0358 for information about the Constitution exam and/or scheduling.
Suspension of the U.S. and Illinois State Constitution Test
Due to the COVID-19 virus and the limited access to testing, the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) has approved the suspension of the administration of the U.S. and Illinois State Constitution and the Flag Test (“Constitution Test”) through December 31, 2021. This is now extended through January 31, 2022 at which time ICCB will provide a revised update on the suspension of the test. During this period of time when testing is unavailable for the Constitution Test, to avoid undue hardship on test takers, the ICCB will award the Illinois High School Equivalency (HSE) Certification upon successful completion and passage of the GED® or HiSET® exam. This policy is effective February 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022.
The suspension of the Constitution Test requirement means:
Anyone who completes and passes an ICCB-approved high school equivalency exam (GED® or HiSET®) based on the State of Illinois requirements between February 1, 2021 and January 31, 2022 will be issued an Illinois High School Equivalency (ILHSE) Certificate.
Anyone who completed and passed a high school equivalency exam (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC™) but did not pass the constitution test prior to February 1, 2021, will be issued an Illinois High School Equivalency (ILHSE) Certificate upon request.
High school equivalency records are held at the county level in Illinois. To request copies of an official transcript or Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate, candidates must contact the Regional Office of Education for the county where the test was taken.
High school equivalency candidates may find the appropriate Regional Office of Education to contact by searching our ROE locator at: http://iccbdbsrv.iccb.org/roesearch/citysearch.cfm
If you have any questions, please contact the ICCB at: email@example.com
About the U.S. and Illinois State Constitution Test
In order to earn an Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate, candidates were historically required to take and pass the U.S. and Illinois State Constitution and Flag Test (“Constitution Test”) as required by Illinois Compiled Statutes – School Code (105 ILCS 5/27-3) in addition to completion of a high school equivalency exam (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC™) or a transcript-based Alternative Method of Credentialing.
As of February 1, 2021, administration of the Constitution Test has been suspended. However, adult education programs may continue to utilize the Constitution Test as part of their civics curricula.