Earning Your Maryland High School Diploma!

Adults in Maryland who do not have a high school diploma and are not enrolled in high school have three ways to earn their diplomas. They may pass the GED, or participate in either the state's External Diploma Program or the Adult High School Pilot Program.

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Earn Your Diploma in Maryland

Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) manages the state's adult literacy and adult education programs. These include GED testing, the Adult External Development Program and adult education classes.

Take the GED

The GED is developed by the American Council on Education (ACE) and tests a candidate's skill in four areas: reasoning through language arts, science, social studies and mathematical reasoning. Information on taking the Maryland GED is available on the DLLR website or on the ACE website.

The Maryland GED test is a five-subject examination that allows state residents age 19 and over to earn a diploma if they do not already have a high school diploma and are not registered in school. Candidates under 19 may take the test if they provide a form stating they have officially withdrawn from high school. The official test is taken online through participating adult learning center locations.

Register and Take the Exam

Candidates in Maryland are required to set up a MyGED account through the website. Once you have an account you will be able to find testing centers, schedule your exams and take practice tests online. The Maryland GED test is also given in Spanish but the Reasoning in Language Arts section must be taken in English.

Passing the GED

A minimum score of 145 on each module of the four content areas of language arts, science, social studies and mathematics is required in order to pass the test. Scores will also be available online 24 hours after completion of the exam.

Candidates who pass are awarded the Maryland State High School Diploma. One eDiploma and eTranscript are provided when passing the exam for the first time. Additional diplomas and transcripts can be requested through the GED website.

You may retake any section of the exam if you do not pass, however there is a limit of three retakes per section per calendar year. There are no waiting period restrictions when scheduling the retake exams however all retakes must be completed within 12 months of your first exam date. Two pricing discounts are available for each subject area when retaking the exam.

Adult High School Pilot Program

Another option for adults seeking to receive a Maryland high school diploma while also earning post-secondary credits and/or industry certification is the Adult High School Pilot Program. Adults 21 years old or older who do not hold a high school diploma are eligible. The student will not only work through the academic high school requirements but will also have advantages of career training in-demand career fields. Benefits of this program include guidance in specific career pathways, industry credentials and/or post-secondary education credits.

National Adult External Diploma Program (NEDP)

This program is designed for adults and youth who are not in school who want to use their skills acquired from experiences in work and life to qualify for the Maryland State High School Diploma. This is not a classroom-based program. Participants take part via an online program and meet periodically with an assessor to track their progress through academic and life skill categories. These categories include: reading, writing, mathematics, and workforce readiness. Evaluation in ten contents areas: financial literacy, health literacy, civic literacy, geography, history, science and 21st Century workplace are evaluated as well as mastery of College and Career Readiness standards.

Advantages to this program include that it is confidential, the schedule is flexible and candidates may choose their own study resources. However, this is a program for adults who are mature, self-directed and are comfortable with computer-based learning. Maryland residents who are interested in earning their high school diplomas in the state NEDP program may contact the centers listed on the Directory of Adult Education Centers on the DLLR website, or through America's Literacy Directory.

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