Overview of GED Tests and Programs in Tennessee
General Educational Development (GED) programs prepare individuals without a high school diploma to take the GED test sequence, which confirms 12th-grade knowledge in core subject areas. The High School Equivalency Diploma, awarded upon passage of the 4-part GED exam, is generally recognized by colleges, universities, the military and employers as equal to the diploma earned after four years of high school. Test components include:
- Reasoning through language arts
- Social studies
- Mathematical reasoning
Tennessee GED candidates must be at least 18 years old; those who are 17 years of age may take the test if they present an age waiver signed by the superintendent of their local school district. Younger candidates can also bypass the age requirement by submitting proof of enrollment in one of Tennessee's GED preparation programs or dis-enrollment from high school. Test-takers must present a valid government-issued photo and signature identification showing their name, address and date of birth.
To earn a High School Equivalency Diploma, GED candidates must score a total of at least 600 across all four parts of the test, with no one test score below 150. Test takers in Tennessee can retake the exam at their convenience, although there is a waiting period of 60 days after a subject test is taken three times. There is no limit to the number of times a test can be retaken within a year.
Prior to taking the GED exam, Tennessee residents must take an official GED practice test. Many of the same adult education centers that proctor the GED tests also provide the mandatory practice test. The practice tests and prep courses are free; however, a fee is charged for the official GED exam. You do not have to show proof that you are a resident of Tennessee in order to take the test.
In conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development's Division of Adult Education, adult education offices in many Tennessee counties offer free GED preparation programs. Students can contact them at:
- Address: 220 French Landing Dr., Nashville, TN 37243
- Phone: (615) 741-7054