GED Preparation and Testing

GED logoWhat is the GED?

The General Educational Development test (GED) is a high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by college and employers. The battery of 4 tests includes: Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts. Beginning in 2014, the test is computer-based only. Spanish language tests continue to be available; but French is being eliminated.

Academic support services, including pre-testing, are available free to Vermont residents.  GED testing is open to anyone, in state or out of state, 16 years or older with a valid, current photo identification. Pre-registration is required.  Fees are: $30/test,  $120/battery.

Important Notice for all GED Test Takers: A new series of GED Tests was implemented in January, 2014. This means if you did not earn your GED Certificate by December 31, 2013, any test that you have successfully passed is invalidated and you will have to start testing again with the new, 2014 Computer-based GED Test. If you have any questions, call your local Vermont Adult Learning Center for more information.

Some Frequently asked questions….

Q:  What is a GED and how does it differ from a high school diploma?

A: The GED has been around nearly 70 years offering a high school equivalency credential.  Ninety-eight percent of colleges and universities accept GED graduates in the same manner as high school graduates.  The 2014 computer-based GED test measures the skills and knowledge similar to a high school course of study.  In Vermont, test completers receive a certificate.

computer-handsMany states only offer adults the opportunity to complete  GED exams.  In Vermont, we also have a second option called the High School Completion Program.  Students develop a personalized graduation plan that may include college or technical center courses, work or internships, projects, and basic skills instruction.

Q: How should I get started?

A: Visit the official GED website to set up an account, take a free practice test, and register for testing.  Call your local Learning Center to learn more. Meet with an educational adviser to talk through the GED test taking process. We’ll help you decide if you are ready to take the test or create a plan for further review and skill courses if needed.

Q:  I see lots of websites which say that I can earn my GED online and at home, but they are expensive.  Are they legitimate?

A: lists 62 known fraudulent GED sites.  The GED test is computer-based but not online nor does GED offer a home study program. You must take the test at an official GED testing center.  If the website says that you can take the test online and from home, then you are paying for something other than a GED test.  If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

Q: Should I pursue my High School Diploma (through the High School Completion Program) or take the GED Test?

That’s a question you’ll have to answer for yourself. Here is some information comparing the two options. Let us help you decide which path will best reach your goals.

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To attend an orientation session to take the GED test, contact your local Learning Center.

For more information regarding the GED, how register for the current computer-based test, and to take a practice test visit the GED website.

For more information regarding the GED in Vermont, including a list of frequently asked questions, visit the Vermont Agency of Education’s Adult Education webpage.