Massachusetts GED Program Information
Individuals who pass the GED test must demonstrate a level of knowledge equivalent to receiving a high school education. In Massachusetts, the credential is officially known as the Massachusetts State High School Equivalency Diploma. Preparation programs exist to help individuals study for this exam.
GED Preparation Programs
Adult education programs that prepare individuals for the GED test are offered throughout the state by colleges, school districts and community organizations. GED programs can help students prepare for one specific area of the GED test or for the entire exam. These programs are recommended, but not required. Programs may also help orient students with the computer-based format of the test, since all GED exams will now be delivered by computer. Many GED education programs are offered at no or low cost. To locate a preparation program, individuals may contact the Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline (www.sabes.org/hotline).
Test Components and Score Requirements
To pass the GED test beginning in 2014, individuals must achieve a score of no less than 150 on each of the exam's four individual tests and receive a combined standard score of at least 600. The GED exam's four tests are designed to gauge a candidate's knowledge in the following areas:
- Reasoning through language arts
- Social studies
- Mathematical reasoning
In order to qualify to take the test, applicants must be residents of Massachusetts and offer proof of continuous residency in the state. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age in order to take the GED, but those who are 16-17 years of age may be permitted to take it if they have official letters of withdrawal from the last school attended.
Testing Accommodations and Locations
Special accommodations for GED testing can be made for individuals with documented physical, emotional or learning disabilities. There are currently about 30 GED testing centers in Massachusetts; test-takers may locate the closest testing center to them through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.