GED in Rhode Island (RI): Information on the GED Exam

Aug 03, 2018

The GED exam in Rhode Island can be taken at testing centers around the state. There are many resources available for students who want to take the exam. This article discusses the Rhode Island GED exam and how to prepare for it.

Information on the GED Exam in Rhode Island

Individuals who pass the 2014 GED test in Rhode Island are awarded a Rhode Island High School Equivalency Diploma. The test is composed of four sections, including reasoning through language arts, science, mathematical reasoning and social studies. The test includes multiple-choice, extended response, short answer, fill-in-the-blank, hot spot and drag-and-drop questions.

Testing Requirements

GED test takers in Rhode Island must be at least 18 years old; however, 16- and 17-year-olds may take the test with special permission. You must prove you are a resident of Rhode Island in order to take the test.

Applicants must score at least 150 on each individual test and earn an overall score of at least 580 to pass the test and be awarded a GED certificate in Rhode Island.

Applicants may retest immediately on a subject three times, but after the third failed attempt, they must wait 60 days to take the exam again.

Testing Centers

The test is offered in English and Spanish to residents at official testing centers in Middletown, Providence, Peace Dale, Lincoln, Cranston and Woonsocket. Eligibility requirements vary among authorized testing centers. At certain centers, students can take all portions of the test in the same day.

Finding Information

The Rhode Island Department of Education provides relevant information to those looking to earn their GED certificate (, including information on testing regulations and details on available GED classes as well as adult education, workforce training and ESL courses.

Preparing for the Exam

Students can prepare for the GED exam through online learning programs, independent study or GED preparation classes. Testing guides are available at bookstores, and libraries often have books on the GED exam as well. Rhode Island does not require participation in GED classes, but they are a valuable way for students to learn about the exam and gain a sense of what will be covered in the exam. These classes may also allow students the opportunity to take practice GED tests in order to gauge their readiness for the actual exam.

Preparatory classes are offered during the day and in the evening. Some courses, such as those offered by Newport Community School, incorporate computer skills and college and career readiness studies along with the GED subjects. Other schools, including Community College of Rhode Island, offer two-day practice sessions.

Why Get a GED in Rhode Island?

Getting a GED and taking other adult education classes enhances skills and opportunities for Rhode Islanders to further their careers and become better citizens of the state.

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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