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All About the GED: Virginia

Taking the General Educational Development (GED) exam allows individuals who don't have a high school diploma the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency credential. Test takers who pass the battery of four tests in Virginia will earn the GED certificate.

Earn Your GED in Virginia

What Does the GED Test Cover?

The General Educational Development (GED) tests are developed by the American Council on Education (www.acenuet.edu). The tests cover four subject areas that are similar to what students would have studied if they obtained a traditional high school diploma. These areas are science, social studies, mathematical reasoning, and reasoning through language arts. The GED exams consists of multiple-choice questions, reading tasks, short answer, and extended response questions.

The GED Testing Service website (www.GEDTestingService.com) has information about each section of the test. One section of the math module allows the use of a calculator, which will be provided at the testing center.

Am I Eligible To Take the GED Test?

According to the GED Testing Service, test takers should be at least 18 years old and not currently enrolled in secondary school. They may be eligible for the GED at age 16 or 17 if they can document that they've completed a home-school program, are incarcerated, have been expelled from school, are in an alternative school program, have been released by the local school board from compulsory education or have a court order to take the exam.

Test takers should contact their local testing center or a Virginia helpline counselor if they have questions about their eligibility. Local testing centers can be found by using the locator at www.GED.com.

Test takers do not have to be a Virginia resident to take the Virginia GED. However, they must have a valid photo ID from their state of residence.

How Do I Register for the GED?

Individuals need to register at www.GED.com.

Is there Help for People with Disabilities?

Test takers who have learning or physical disabilities may request special accommodations. They must provide documentation from a licensed professional who is qualified to assess their disability. The necessary forms are available from the GED website (www.GED.com)

How Do I Prepare for the GED?

Studying independently and taking a preparation class are two ways to prepare for the GED. Options for independent study include online classes, workbooks and video instruction. Several Virginia community colleges offer programs for GED preparation courses through the Middle College program.

What are the Passing Scores for the GED?

To pass the GED, individuals must receive a score average of 150 for each section. Individuals who do not pass need only to retake the sections of the GED that they failed. There is no mandatory wait time before retesting.

What if I need an Official Transcript?

If you pass the GED your transcripts and duplicate certificates are available for a fee. The appropriate form may be downloaded from the state GED website.

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