Where to Find GED Classes
GED classes are often held at adult education centers and community colleges. The GED Testing Services, part of the American Council on Education (ACE) that develops and standardizes the GED exam, provides a listing of approved GED prep courses, searchable by zip code (www.gedtestingservice.com).
What to Expect from GED Classes
Classes can be taken either in person or online. Both are taught by instructors, have regular assignments and lessons, are administered by accredited institutions and often incorporate supplementary adult education skills.
Online classes are much less likely to have a residency requirement than in-person classes. They may also cost less, although this is not always the case. In-person classes offer face-to-face instruction, while online classes offer greater schedule flexibility than the night or weekend classes sometimes offered with in-person courses.
Most classes will have some sort of eligibility requirement, although some have more strict requirements than others. Requirements commonly include the following:
- Age: most classes do not enroll students under 16 years of age.
- High school standing: most classes only accept students who are not currently in high school and have been out of high school for a specified length of time.
- Residency: most classes require students to have been a resident of the state in which they operate for a specified length of time.
- Education level: many classes require students to demonstrate beginning high school level educational proficiency.
Most classes have an associated cost. Expenses between $20 and $150 are typical. Many times, the cost of the class depends on the materials each student is required to purchase, which may include workbooks, practice tests or software.
GED Test Preparation Materials
GED candidates can take a practice test, which is required in some states prior to taking the official GED exams. Other test prep materials officially endorsed by ACE for independent test preparation include audiovisual materials, books and online practice activities.