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All About the GED: Rhode Island

If you're a Rhode Island resident who hasn't earned a high school diploma, you might want to earn a General Educational Development (GED) credential. With recent advancements in industry and technology, the GED may be your ticket to job advancement or higher education.

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Overview of the Rhode Island GED Test

The Office of Adult Education within the Rhode Island Department of Education offers adult learners a variety of resources to earn their GED. The GED test is overseen nationally by Pearson Vue and the American Council on Education (ACE) and is meant to assess the test taker's knowledge of common subject material taught in high school. To earn a GED in Rhode Island, you must meet the state's eligibility requirements and achieve a passing score.

Rhode Island Requirements

To take the GED test, you typically must be at least 18 years old, you can't be currently enrolled in high school, and you must not have your high school diploma. If you're 16 or 17 years old, you must present a withdrawal letter and an Alternative Learning Plan. This is a program designed by the student, the student's parent or guardian, school principal, and school counselor within the student's resident school.

Passing Scores

The GED consists of four different sections:

  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Mathematical reasoning
  • Reasoning through language arts

To pass the GED exam, you must score no less than 145 on each individual subtest for a combine score of 580.

Retesting

In Rhode Island, individuals may retake a section of the exam 3 times without waiting. After the third attempt, a 60-day waiting period is applied.

Testing and preparation Centers

Testing Centers in Rhode Island can be found on the GED and the Rhode Island Department of Education websites. There are five testing centers, located throughout the state at local community colleges, high schools and adult learning centers. also serve as preparation centers. Contact information for these centers is available at the RIDE website. GED students in need of accommodations can make their request for accommodations at the GED website.

Studying for the GED Test

The GED Testing Service's Marketplace offers information on study materials and programs offered for sale by educational publishers. You might enroll in a formal preparation course or study at home using practice tests, study guides and multimedia programs.

Library Resources

Rhode Island public libraries also have resources like practice tests and study books available to help you prepare for the GED test. Some libraries might require a user to have a library card in order to check out materials. To find locations and check their holdings, GED students should check with the state's library automation system to view available resources at their public library.

Why Get Your GED in Rhode island?

The GED credential is not a high school diploma, but it is seen by 97 percent of U.S. employers as the equivalent and accepted by approximately 98 percent of U.S. institutions of higher education as a part of their application process. Jobs and education go hand in hand. It is predicted by 2022 that 4.6 million jobs will require a high school diploma.

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