Moraine Valley is a designated testing center for the high school equivalency test. A person who has not graduated from high school but who successfully passes the high school equivalency test earns a certificate issued by the Illinois State Board of Education as being equivalent to a high school diploma.
High school equivalency tests in Cook County are given under the authority of the Illinois Community College Board through the Cook County High School Equivalency Testing Program. Call (847) 328-9795 for test information, test dates, test scores, and transcripts. Testing sites do not have test scores or transcripts. If you live outside of Cook County, you must take the high school equivalency tests in the county in which you are a resident.
Applicants must apply by mail to the Cook County High School Equivalency Testing Program. To receive an application, call the county at (847) 328-9795 or download an application from the Cook County High School Equivalency website.
Applicants must be 17 years of age or older and presently reside in Cook County. Evidence of age and residency (i.e., driver’s license or state ID) must be presented at the time of the test.
Applicants who are 17 or 18 years of age may apply provided they meet one of the following criteria:
- Applicants have a letter from the last school attended, typed on school stationery, and signed by the principal or registrar giving the exact date of withdrawal, or they may submit an official school transcript.
- Applicants who have been home schooled or attended high school in another country, should call the Cook County High School Equivalency Testing Program for further information regarding when the applicant is eligible to take the test.
A $50 application fee and any required letters or transcripts must be mailed with the application to the Cook County High School Equivalency Testing Program. Money orders only (no personal checks).
The high school equivalency exam includes five tests:
- Language Arts-Writing (Approximately two hours)
Part I (75 minutes) is a measure of a candidate’s ability to recognize correct and effective English. It contains questions on sentence structure, capitalization, punctuation, usage, mechanics, and organization.
Part II Essay (45 minutes) demonstrates writing ability with a 250-300 word developed and focused essay.
- Social Studies (Approximately 80 minutes)
This test consists of a selection of passages from the fields of economics, political science, history, and geography. Where appropriate, a chart, graph or map supplements the passage. On the whole, questions require examinees to show their knowledge and understanding of primary social studies concepts and principles, and apply or use, analyze, and evaluate that knowledge and information.
- Science (Approximately 80 minutes)
This test consists of a selection of passages on a number of subjects in life (biology), earth and space, and physical sciences (chemistry and physics). Questions test the examinee’s ability to comprehend the content of a passage, analyze relationships between ideas and concepts, apply information to a new situation, and synthesize information from two or more sources.
- Language Arts-Reading (Approximately 65 minutes)
This test consists of passages of popular literature, classical literature and commentary on literature and the arts. Questions test the examinee’s ability to comprehend and analyze the content of each passage.
- Mathematics (Approximately 90 minutes)
This test consists of mathematical problems in areas of number sense and operations; measurement and geometry, data, statistics and probability; and algebra, functions, and patterns. Booklet one (25 questions; 45 minutes) allows use of the calculator; booklet two (25 items; 45 minutes) does not allow calculator use. Students must pass both sections to pass the math test, which will be equally weighted.
As a requirement of Illinois Public Law 195, the exam also covers the Constitution of the United States, the Illinois Constitution, and Declaration of Independence, and the proper display and use of the United States flag.
To get your Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate or Transcript through the mail, you must:
- Download, print, and complete the Request Form (see below).
- Enclose a cashier’s check or money order payable to Illinois Community College Board. Do not send cash or personal checks. All fees are non-refundable
- $10 per transcript
- $10 per certificate
- Send the Request Form, copy of valid photo identification, other supporting documentation (if needed), and payment to the address below.
Illinois Community College Board
James R. Thompson Center
100 W Randolph St, Ste 2-010
Chicago, IL 60601
ATTN: Cook County High School Equivalency Records Office
Regular office hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The Cook County High School Equivalency Records Office can be reached by phone at 312-814-4488 or by email.