All About the GED: Mississippi

Acquiring the General Educational Development (GED) credential can provide proof that you have earned the basic education skills necessary for advancement in a career. Mississippi residents who haven't earned their GED can take the test and receive a State of Mississippi High School Equivalency Diploma.

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Overview of the GED Test in Mississippi

The GED is a four-subject, timed test administered at an authorized testing facility by a proctor. The exam is meant to measure the test taker's knowledge of subjects typically taught in high school. The four subjects on the test are social studies, science, mathematical reasoning, and reasoning through language arts. To earn the GED credential, the test taker must score no less than 150 points on each individual subject area test.

Mississippi's Office of Adult Basic Education has partnered with the state's Community College Board to supply a variety of GED resources. In Mississippi, the GED test is currently available in English and Spanish. The American Council on Education (ACE) owns the official GED test and manages its content.

Preparing to Take the Test

Students in Mississippi have multiple options for study. Preparing for the exam depends upon the length of time you have to study, your willingness to travel and your preferred method of learning. You might choose an on-site prep program, an online course or independent study using multimedia resources.

GED Prep Programs

You can find GED preparation classes at community and junior colleges, universities, learning centers and school districts across Mississippi. Class times, locations and fees vary from one location to another. Students should expect to complete enrollment forms, assessments and surveys meant to gauge student needs.

Online Courses

Mississippi also offers an online study program through its adult education division. Part of the enrollment process for any adult education GED prep program involves assessing a student's suitability for online study through a diagnostic test. The online program allows students to study when and where they want, since the program is available 24 hours a day. The format is guided learning, and students have the support of an educator who evaluates their progress.

Home Study Resources

Online GED prep materials and study books can offer a convenient way for individuals to study for the exam by providing lessons, practice tests and study tips. The price and content of the materials vary. The GED Testing Service offers a Marketplace with a variety of test preparation programs and aids (www.GEDTestingService.com).


The Mississippi Library Commission has a program, called the LearningExpress Library, aimed at increasing preparedness for the GED, readiness for college, and employment prospects. This statewide initiative offers students access to computer-based instructional programs for the GED test. The program asks individuals to participate first in an assessment to gauge their skill level. Students can expect drills and practice exams as part of the program. You can log into your account from any Mississippi library to access coursework.

Requirements, Accommodations, and Retesting

Mississippi houses 25 approved testing centers. Test takers must be 18 years or older (special requirements apply for those who are 16 or 17) to sit for the exam. Students can find the centers nearest them by visiting the GED website's testing center locator (www.GED.com).

Those students requesting accommodations may do so when they register for the exam at www.GED.com.

In Mississippi, individuals may retake a section of the exam 2 times without waiting. After the third attempt, a 60-day waiting period is applied.

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