GED® testing available through Kishwaukee College

Friday, January 25, 2013

The GED Testing Center at Kishwaukee College announces Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) testing opportunities for Spring 2013. GED practice tests are available at the DeKalb, Rochelle, and Sycamore Public Libraries. The GED consists of five testing areas: writing, social studies, science, mathematics, and reading. In Illinois, the Constitution test must be passed to receive the Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate.

The current version of the GED Test, which has been used since 2002, will be retired at the end of 2013. Beginning in January 2014, a new test and test format will be used. Any student who has not completed all five subject tests that comprise the entire GED exam before the end of the year will have to re-register for the exam and take all the individual tests again in 2014. Students who have begun taking the GED tests are strongly encouraged to complete the entire test before December 2013.

GED testing will take place at Kishwaukee College in Room A-200 on the following Wednesdays in the morning: February 6, 13, and 20; March 6, 13, and 20; April 3, 10, 17 and 24; and May 1 and 8. In addition, there will be evening test times: Thursday, March 21 (Writing test at 5:00p.m. and Constitution test at 7:30p.m.); Tuesday, March 26 (Social Studies at 5:00p.m. and Science at 6:40p.m.) and on Tuesday, April 2 (Math at 5:00p.m. and Reading at 7:00p.m.). Examinees must be checked in 15 minutes before testing begins. Doors will be closed once testing begins.

Any Kishwaukee College student or DeKalb County resident interested in taking the GED in English or Spanish must bring a government-issued ID with a current address to the DeKalb County Regional Office of Education, 2500 Annie Glidden Road, Suite C in DeKalb, and pay a $50 registration fee in a check, cash, or money order (no credit cards accepted). Registration is good for one year. For more information on GED test registration or for the Regional Office of Education hours, call the DeKalb County Regional Office of Education at 815-217-0460.

The GED is available to anyone who meets the following requirements:

• 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 a 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.

Anyone with a documented disability who may need GED testing accommodations, such as a private room, additional testing time, or the test on tape, should contact Kate Storey at the Kishwaukee College GED Testing Center, (815) 825-2086, ext. 3190. The student’s disability assessment report will be reviewed and if updated testing is necessary, the student will be referred to an appropriate agency who will charge a fee. There are strict federal guidelines as to what constitutes appropriate disability assessment testing and documentation. Once all the necessary documentation has been received, a request form for GED testing accommodations will be completed and submitted to the Illinois Director of GED Testing for approval. The entire process can take two to three months.

Anyone who believes he or she has a disability and has not been diagnosed or anyone who has old documentation, should contact Kate Storey for further information about local agencies that provide such testing for a fee.

Registered GED examinees must call the Kishwaukee College GED Testing Center at 815-825-2086, ext. 3111 to make a test reservation; seating for each test date is limited. A government-issued photo ID with current address and Regional Office of Education receipt must be provided at each GED test session. For more information, please go to www.kishwaukeecollege.edu.

Kishwaukee College offers classes on GED preparation in Spanish and English throughout the district. For more information on GED preparation classes offered throughout the district, call Kishwaukee College at 815-825-2086, ext. 3180.

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