Frequently Asked Questions.
Here are some common questions about the GED® Test
Who can take the GED® Test?
To take the test, you must be at least 18 years old and not be enrolled in high school.
Exceptions to this rule include:
- If you have been released from compulsory school attendance by the local school division and are at least 16 years old or
- If you are enrolled in the ISAEP program, you may test.
How do I register for the test?
Your instructor will help you register for the test when ready. You can also call one of our local testing centers. There is more information about test center locations and contact on the Free Testing page.
- Lee County
- Scott County
- Wise County
How can I prepare for the GED® tests?
By following these steps…
- Enroll in GED® preparation classes
- Enroll in local distance adult education classes
- Take the official practice test
Is there a practice test for the GED® Exam?
Yes, it is called the Official Practice Test or OPT. This is a free test that will predict your scores on the actual GED® Exam. Call us or speak to your Adult Education teacher for details.
Why should I take the Official Practice Test (OPT)?
If you pass the free OPT and are a Virginia resident, you can take the actual GED® Exam free of cost. This will save you $144 for the complete exam.
How much does it cost to take the GED® Test?
The cost for the full test battery is $144 or $36.00 for each of the four subtests. The test is FREE if you live in Virginia and take and pass the free Official Practice Test.
How long does it take me to get my GED® credential?
Preparation for the test will vary depending on an individual’s skill level and dedication to a program of study. The battery of four GED® tests takes 8 hours and 30 minutes to complete. The tests are normally given in either one or two sittings.
How many times can I take the test?
You may each subtest test three times, and after the third attempt, you must wait 60 days before testing again.
If I don’t pass all the subtests, do I have to take the entire test over?
No, you may just retest in the areas not meeting the requirements. You will want to study before you retest.
How long will it take to get my test results?
Results are often available within minutes of testing, but can take up to 48 hours.
What do I need to bring to classes with me? What does it cost?
All Adult Education classes in our region are free because they are provided as a service of our local school divisions. All you need to bring to class on the first day is a willingness to learn. We provide all supplies.
I’m under 18 and have been court ordered to take the test. What documentation is required?
If you are under 18, you must follow the rules of your local school division. Contact your local school board office for more information.
Will passing the GED® Tests get me into college?
According to College Board, 2001, 97% of U.S. colleges and universities accept GED® graduates. You may be required to take placement or achievement tests to determine if you need additional coursework. Please contact the admissions office of the school you are interested in to find out about this.
What accommodations are available for people with disabilities?
For candidates with a documented disability, test accommodations are available. Each request is considered on an individual basis. Please ask about this process when registering.
Is the GED® Test given in any other language?
The GED® Test is given in English, French, and Spanish. Check with your GED® testing site for further information and scheduling.
Why is the GED® credential valued?
The GED® credential certifies that the holder has demonstrated 12th grade-level abilities in reading, writing, science, social studies, and math. Also, most universities, colleges, community colleges, and employers in the United States regard the GED® as equivalent to a high school diploma. Under the Code of Virginia, the GED® credential is the same as high school completion.
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