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Earning Your GED Credential in Delaware
The General Educational Development (GED) credential is the most widely recognized high school diploma equivalent in the U.S. The American Council on Education (ACE) developed it, and it's administered by each individual state (www.acenet.edu). In Delaware, the Department of Education oversees GED testing. Successful completion of the GED credential will award you a high school equivalency diploma.
Format and Structure of GED Exams
To earn a GED credential, you need to take and pass four tests in writing, reading, social studies, science and mathematics. Most of the GED exams are multiple-choice, although there is an essay included in the writing test. A part of the mathematics exam does not allow the use of calculators, and some answers need to be be written on a standard or coordinate grid.
The GED exam is not offered online and must be taken in-person at an approved testing center. Testing and preparation locations may be found at the Department of Education's website (www.doe.k12.de.us) or by using the locator on the ACE website.
The state of Delaware has different eligibility requirements depending on your age. If you're 18 years of age or older, you must:
- Be a Delaware resident or have been employed in Delaware for at least six months before taking the test
- Not be enrolled in a school program (certified by signature)
If you are 16 or 17, you need to:
- Apply to the Department of Education for a waiver of the age requirement
- Be a resident of Delaware
- Verify age
- Provide proof of withdrawal from school program
- Provide a transcript from school program
GED Exam Scoring and Retesting
Delaware requires a score of no less than 150 on each individual test and a score of at least 600 across all four parts combined. There is no wait period for retaking a subject area that you failed. However, if you retake a subject area test three times, you must wait 60 days to take it again.