Adult Education GED Courses and Programs

Aug 03, 2018

There are many resources available for adults who wish to enroll in college but need a GED to do so. Preparation courses are available at schools and other educational facilities, while self-study items like books, guides, and even videos can be purchased for home use.

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GED Preparation Courses for Adults

What to Expect from Preparation Courses

GED preparation courses give adults an understanding of both the format and the content of the General Educational Development (GED) exam. While prep classes are not required to sit for the exam, they help students review reading, writing, math, social studies, and science skills from an eighth to a 12th grade level. Classes are taught by certified teachers or by instructors familiar with the GED testing process.

Students must not be enrolled in high school and must be at least 16 years old to take the GED exam, as courses do not usually admit applicants younger than that. A score of 145 on each test part and a total score of 580 across the four-part battery is required to pass the GED exam.

Classes typically meet between 1-3 times a week and are usually offered during the day or evening, although advanced and fast-paced programs are available as well. Most classes have a small admission fee. Programs that offer GED courses sometimes offer adult education courses as well, and many offer English as a Second Language (ESL) training for non-native speakers.

How to Find GED Preparation Courses Online

GED Testing Services

The best way to find GED preparation courses is to visit the GED Testing Services website, which is maintained by the American Council on Education (ACE). To do this, visit and type in ''Locate a Prep Center'' in the search box at the top of the page. Scroll down and click on the matching search result. Instructions on how to access the list compiled by GED Testing Services with the National Literacy Directory and how to contact a prep or testing center near you can be accessed from here. Centers are organized by state and can be searched by zip code.


Steck-Vaughn, a company offering preparation materials certified by GED Testing Services, offers practice tests, printed materials, and other resources for purchase on the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt website ( These resources are available in English or Spanish.

GED Connections

GED Connection, another GED Testing Services-approved organization, offers a complete preparation package that includes 39 video lessons, practice tests for each subject, and three workbooks. The organization's videos can be seen on most PBS stations. Visit the Kentucky Educational Television (KET) website at to find available videos.

Need help preparing for the GED? Check out's GED Test Prep study guides, complete with bite-size video lessons, practice tests, informational resources, and more to make sure you ace the exam!

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