All About the GED: Washington DC

Aug 03, 2018

It's still possible for individuals who live in Washington DC and withdrew from high school before earning a diploma to complete the equivalent academic credential. Passing the GED test often meets the minimum educational requirement to apply to colleges, universities or vocational training programs, as well as meet some minimum employment requirements.

How to Take the GED in Washington DC

GED Test Information

The General Educational Development (GED) exam is a series of four subject area tests that cover:

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

The exam consists of multiple-choice questions, reading tasks, short answer, and extended response questions. On the mathematics exam, you will only be allowed to use a calculator for the second part. In total, the GED exam takes about seven-and-a-half hours to complete.

Washington, DC charges a fee of $3.75 for each of the four subject area tests.

Eligibility and Passing Score

Any city resident aged 18 or older who hasn't graduated from high school. Test takers need to present current, government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles in Washington, D.C., a passport or U.S. military identification. Additional documentation may be required if none of the photo identification proves city residency.

Individuals who are 16 or 17 years of age may be eligible to take the exam if they can provide documentation from their school district verifying they have been withdrawn from traditional education for at least six months. Applicants under 18 also need notarized consent from a parent, guardian, government agency or court.

While classroom instruction is not required, test takers must complete the Official GED Practice Test before sitting for the GED exam.

Test takers need to achieve a minimum score of 145 on each subject area test and 580 total. Individuals may retake a section of the exam two times after a 30-day waiting period. After the third attempt, a 60-day waiting period is applied.

Where to Take the Test

In Washington, DC, the GED is administered by the city's General Education Development Program Office (GEDPO). The department determines the GED testing location, test dates and times. The test is typically offered at only one location, where the GED Program Office is located.

Exam registration is handled on the GED website (

Why Get Your GED in Washington, DC

High school graduates, including those who earned their GED, earn $568,000 more over the course of their lives than people who do not have a high school certificate. More than 19 million Americans have passed the GED since 1942, when the program began.

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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