GED Testing Centers: How Do I Find a GED Test Center Near Me?

Aug 03, 2018

If you are planning on taking the General Education Development or GED high school equivalency test, you must take the test in person, at an authorized test center. Read on to learn how to find the GED test center nearest you.

GED Testing

The GED is a comprehensive high school equivalency exam with four separate tests in social studies, language arts, math and science. The easiest way to find an official GED testing site is to use the test center database and locator tool on the GED website, GED.com.

You can also contact your state Department of Education or a local adult education center for detailed and up-to-date information about testing sites and schedules. You need to register on GED.com in order to schedule your test times.

U.S. Test Centers

Forty states offer the GED exam and award state high school equivalency diplomas to anyone who passes the four tests. Since 2014, ten states have replaced the GED with the HiSET exam or the TASC Test. Both the HiSET and the TASC Test cover the same subjects and content as the GED, and both lead to the same high school equivalency diploma as the GED. However, the HiSET and TASC Test cost less than the GED, and unlike the GED, which is taken only on computer, in many cases you can choose between a computer or paper-and-pencil version of HiSET or TASC.

If your state no longer offers the GED, you can still take the exam if you are willing to travel. While some states such as Maryland, Ohio and California require GED candidates to be state residents, many states no longer have a residency requirement. You can use the test center locator on GED.com to find a test site in a nearby state.

If you do plan to test in a neighboring state, be sure to check that state's eligibility requirements on GED.com. While residency may no longer be required, some states have other testing requirements such as proof you've passed a practice test or taken a prep class at an adult education center.

Also, be aware that if you travel to another state to take the GED, you will earn that state's equivalency diploma. For example, if you take and pass the GED in Kansas, you will earn the Kansas State High School Diploma.

Test Centers in U.S. Territories, Canada and International Locations

You can also use the test center database and locator tool on GED.com to find testing sites in U.S. Territories, Canada and many international locations. The GED website also provides a link to the DANTES (or Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support) Program, which provides educational information and support to members of the U.S. Armed Services.

Individuals With Disabilities

If you require special testing accommodations for hearing, visual, emotional, mental or physical disabilities, you will need to submit a request form through the GED website. The GED Testing Service will contact you and provide you with information on the types of forms and documentation you need to submit, and instructions on where all requests and forms should be sent.

Need help preparing for the GED? Check out Study.com'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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