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Locating GED Testing Sites
The American Council on Education (ACE) develops and distributes the GED exam and is responsible for authorizing GED testing sites and test administrators. An authorized testing site locator is available through the MyGED portal and allows candidates to use their zip code to find a nearby GED testing facility (www.ged.com). The locator displays a testing site's street address, telephone number, and distance in miles from the zip code. There are over 3,400 testing sites in the U.S. and Canada,
In addition to the GED website, students who have completed a GED prep course or training program may find that their prep course facilitator has a list of testing site locations. GED testing facilities may also be located by conducting an internet search or by calling adult or continuing education centers in the community.
Testing Eligibility and Scoring Requirements
Students need to be at least 16 years old to be eligible to take the exam. GED prep courses are not usually required, but students should check their state's testing requirements just to be sure. They should also find out whether their desired testing location has a residency requirement. Some states will require potential examinees to prove residency before being allowed to sit for the exam.
To pass the GED, a total score of 580 (with a score of 145 on each test part) is required.
GED Testing Center Atmosphere
The GED testing center is considered a controlled environment and allows very few outside items. Students must bring a form of identification. Dictionaries, notebooks, and electronic devices - other than an approved calculator - are not allowed. Students are provided with all the materials necessary for the exam. Children are typically not allowed in the testing facility.
GED Students With Disabilities
Accommodations for students with disabilities can be made at the chosen testing facility. The student's disability must be documented, and the request for accommodation needs to be completed online prior to the test date.
Students with physical, emotional, sensory, or learning disabilities may receive accommodations that can include Braille test versions or a screen reader test functionality. Accommodations in the testing environment can also be made.
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