The General Educational Development (GED) program offers preparation for the GED (high school equivalency) examination in either English or Spanish.
The Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program provides courses to adults who test below the GED level and need to improve basic reading and math skills before they qualify to move into the GED level.
The length of time necessary to prepare for the GED exam depends on a combination of factors including the student's initial reading and math scores, previous years of education, length of time out of school, level of motivation, and amount of time available for study and homework.
How to Enroll
Students may have to visit one of the campus locations in order to register for classes. You can start the process by visiting our online registration system. When you come to campus you will need to bring:
- Proof of address
- Driver's License or State ID card
- Utility bill
- Medical card
- Proof of age (at least 18)
A reading and math test are part of the registration process, so please be prepared. The registration process including the tests can take 2-3 hours.
the 2014 GED® test like?
The GED® test
has been updated to make sure it measures what graduating high school seniors
know and what colleges and employers will expect of you.
four parts to 2014 GED®:
*The time alloted for sections 1 and 3 may vary slightly, but the total test time will always be 150 minutes.
- Social Studies (90 minutes)
- Section 1 (65 minutes)
- Section 2 (25 minutes)
-Offered on computer (paper available for accommodations only)
-English and Spanish
the passing score?
On the 2014 GED® test
you need to earn at least 150 points on each subject to pass. To find out if
you’re likely to pass, take GED Ready™: The Official Practice Test and the only
test that can tell you if you’re likely to pass. If you are taking classes at
City Colleges of Chicago, your teacher can help you determine when to take the
long will it take to get my GED® ?
That depends on where you place on placement exams; it will depend on
your reading and math level to determine how long it will take. Come in to one of the City Colleges of
Chicago to get started!
can I take the Constitution Exam?
The City Colleges of Chicago offers these exams for Adult Education
students. Each Adult Education
Department and/or testing center runs these exams on various schedules. Come in to the City Colleges of Chicago or
call your closest Adult Education office to get started!
there a fee to take the test?
You can pay as you go with the GED® test. This means you can pay for each subject
individually or when you are ready to test. In Illinois the fee per subject is $30,
and there are four subjects.
the 2014 GED® Program?
In 2014 you have more than just a test. You’ll have access to MyGED™ at
www.GED.com, your online portal to
sign up, study, schedule, check scores, and learn about jobs and college.
your start-to-finish online tool for the 2014 GED® program. Flexible,
convenient and the support you need before and after the GED® test. Built with
you in mind, MyGED™ helps you take control of your life and your future. Conveniently
register and schedule 24/7. Plus, find prep tools to help you prepare for test
day and resources to help you move forward to what’s next.
All colleges offer General Educational Development (GED) preparation courses designed to prepare students to take and pass the GED exam and transition into City Colleges of Chicago degree and certificate programs. GED courses provide instruction in reading, writing, math, social studies, science and the Constitution. Students are also provided with test taking and study skills. Classes are offered in both English and Spanish.
The GED exam is administered through the Cook County GED Testing Program. You can contact them for testing dates and information at cookcountyged.org or 847-328-9795. You can take the GED in English, Spanish or French. Large-print, audiocassette, and Braille editions of the GED Tests are also available for adults with disabilities.
Adult Education Offices