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Earning Your GED in the State of Vermont
The GED was developed by Pearson Vue and the American Council on Education (ACE) and is administered by each individual state. In Vermont, the Department of Education oversees the GED. If English is not your first language, Vermont also offers the test in Spanish.
Scoring and Retesting
The GED is designed to test competency in subjects you would have learned in high school. It consists of four individual tests:
- Social studies
- Mathematical reasoning
- Reasoning through language arts
The exam consists of multiple-choice questions, reading tasks, short answer, and extended response questions. A calculator may be used on the first part of the mathematics exam and is provided by each testing center. Vermont requires a minimum score of 145 on each individual exam. You do not have to take all four tests on the same day.
In Vermont, individuals may retake a section of the exam 2 times without waiting. After the third attempt, a 60-day waiting period is applied.
Eligibility and Registration
Anyone 18 or older may take the GED exam. Individuals who are 16 or 17 years of age may be eligible for the exam if they obtain signed consent from a parent or guardian. The GED must be taken in-person and may not be taken online. You may find the testing center closest to you by visiting the GED website. Vermont does not require you to be a resident to take the GED test.
Vermont encourages you to take a GED pre-test. This is offered for free at adult education centers throughout the state. They also recommend that you take some practice tests and use these to see where you are in relation to where you need to be to pass. Additionally, tutoring programs may be available at adult education centers and other community centers.
Why Get a GED in Vermont?
A GED equates to higher wages. According to Vermont's 2016 earnings based on educational achievement, a person's yearly salary with a high school diploma or equivalent was almost $8,000 more than a person without a high school credential. The average salary for a worker with a high school diploma or equivalent was $30,500, while the average salary for a worker without a high school credential was $23,146.