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What do the letters “GED” stand for?

General Educational Development Test

Who can take the GED test?

Any adult age 18 or over. Those under age 18, in special cases with permission from the school system, may be able to take the test.

What is the cost of the test?

There is a first time test-takers registration fee of $10.00.  Test cost is $35.00 for for all five tests or $7.00 per test.

Can I take the GED test for free?

You may qualify based on your practice test scores.  If you score an average of 470 on the 5 GED practice tests, ESCC will test you for free.  Even if you score 470 in only one subject test, you can take a subject test for free. For more information, you may contact Peggy Tilghman at 757-789-1761.

Are there any other requirements?

You must go through an orientation before you test and present a photo  ID. You can only test 3 times per year.

How long with it take me to earn a GED?

Since everyone is different, there is no standard answer to this question. A lot depends on how long you stayed in school, your reading and math levels, your ability to think critically, and your willingness to study. We do know that people who study regularly, follow directions, and work hard may earn their GED more quickly than those who do not. We recommend studying 2 hours a day, 5 days a week.

What kind of scores do I need to earn my GED?

In Virginia, you need a minimum of 410 on each individual test and a total score of 2,250 on the 5 subject tests.

How many tests can I take at one time?

You may choose from 1 to 5 tests.  However, it is recommended that you take no more than 3 tests per day.

When will I know my scores?

You will be notified within five days. You can also check scores online.

How do I know if I’m ready to take the test?

You are ready to take a test if you have scored above 2,250 on an Official GED Practice Test. However, it is a good idea to score a little bit higher than you need on a practice test before you take the official test. If you are not sure if you’re ready to take a test, ask your instructor and he or she will help you decide.

How should I prepare for the test?

You should:

  • Study regularly. If you don’t have a place at home, go to a library.
  • Organize your study materials. Create a folder or notebook for each subject.
  • Read regularly. Read newspapers, magazines, books, etc. Get a library card and find topics that interest you.
  • Take notes. Restate important information in your own words. Summarize the main idea of the reading.

When will the test be given?

View or download the current class schedule:

Are the times on the schedule the only times I can test?

On-demand testing is done most Fridays when ESCC is in session. You must make arrangements to test by Tuesday for the Friday testing.

How do I register to take the test?

You must:

  • Register in person at least two days before the test.
  • Show 2 forms of identification:
    • Government issued photo (drivers license, passport, VA ID, etc. )
    • Social Security, pay stub, birth certificate, school or employee ID; and
  • Have $35.00 fee by money order or in cash for full test battery, or;
  • Have $7.00 fee by money order or in cash for each single subject test, or;
  • Have prior approval from your classroom instructor or adult education staff for free testing.
  • Fill out an enrollment form and pay a $10.00 registration fee.

Where do I register?

On the ESCC campus, you may register in the White Building.

What subjects will be included on the GED test?

The GED test includes five subject areas:

  • Language Arts/Writing
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Language Arts/Reading
  • Mathematics

How should I prepare for the GED test?

Some common skills needed to successfully complete these tests include the ability to:

  • read and understand written material
  • apply concepts
  • analyze interrelationships
  • evaluate the validity of statements
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