The Pav YMCA has partnered with Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County (LVWCC) to help community members prepare for two important life-changing exams: naturalization (better known as citizenship) and the GED® exam.

To apply for naturalization, a permanent resident:
•    Must have lived continuously in the US for the past 5 years, or
•    Must be married to a US citizen and must have lived continuously in the US for the past 3 years
•    Some exceptions apply

During the school year, our citizenship study group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10:30 to noon. We practice answering the 100 questions and develop better speaking skills for the interview. 

Our GED® study group meets on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10:30am to 12:30pm. We provide diagnostic testing to determine which content needs to be reviewed and studied. Participants in our study group may take the official GED® Ready Practice Test at no charge to estimate their score.
To obtain high school equivalency, all four parts of the 2014 GED® test battery must be passed with a score of 145 or higher in addition to the Illinois constitution test. The four subjects of the new computer-based GED®  test are Mathematics, Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA), Science, and Social Studies. 
To pass the Mathematics test, a test taker must know basic arithmetic, algebra, and geometry, and should be able to apply these skills to answer complex multi-step problems. Test takers must also be comfortable writing extended response passages that demonstrate the ability to organize ideas, use facts and figures to support an argument, and write Persuasively.  Extended response writing is required for Science and RLA. 

Study groups are free and open to the public. We also welcome volunteer tutors who are willing to complete a background check and training through Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County.

Official naturalization and GED® testing are not offered at the Pav YMCA.