GED Testing Centers and Locations

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The GED exam is administered at community testing centers in all 50 states. Test-takers can find convenient test centers on the Internet and by calling institutions devoted to adult education.

How to Find GED Testing Centers

The GED is a series of four tests given in math, science, social studies, and language arts. The tests are developed and monitored by the American Council on Education (ACE). The tests are designed for adults who didn't finish high school but want to earn a high school equivalency credential. Although the GED is not the same as a high school diploma, it can be used by job-seekers looking for jobs that require a high school diploma and by those hoping to earn an associate's or bachelor's degree.

To be eligible for the GED exam, test-takers need to be at least 16 years of age. They must also be withdrawn from high school. To pass the exam, a score of 145 on each of four subject tests is required, for an overall score of 580.

Adults hoping to take the GED should follow four steps when looking for GED testing centers.

Step 1: Determine an Approximate Testing Location and Time

Although ACE develops the GED tests, state institutions administer and schedule them. Most states offer the GED tests at high schools, community colleges, and adult education centers. Test-takers should decide where they want to take the tests and what times fit best with their schedules. Although some test centers offer flexible scheduling, many only administer the GED at set times and dates. Test-takers should be prepared to adjust their schedules according to the testing center they choose.

Step 2: Use the GED Testing Service Test Center Locator

The GED Testing Service (www, offers test-takers an internet-based test center locator. Test-takers enter their postal code into the locator, which provides a list of nearby test centers.

Step 3: Schedule a Test Date

Test-takers must schedule a test through the online portal of the GED Testing Service. Students first enter the tests they would like to take. They can then select their preferred testing center, date, and time from the available options.

Step 4: Pay for the Test

After scheduling a GED test online, the student will need to provide personal and payment information, agree to the policies, and submit the order to reserve his or her spot.

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