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GED® Testing Info - Application/Scores/Testing Sites



Each year, more than 800,000 adults complete the GED® test battery nationally, and more than half a million obtain a high school equivalency certificate based on their passing scores. Approximately one in seven high school diplomas issued in the United States each year is a GED®. A majority of educational institutions, employers, and branches of the military recognize and accept the GED® as a credible alternative to a traditional high school diploma. Select the state where you reside to learn more about the testing information.

Illinois

The Illinois Community College Board administers the GED® Testing Program in the State of Illinois. Illinois residents who meet eligibility requirements may take GED® Tests at official testing centers located throughout the state. Although pre-screening and instructional classes are not a prerequisite to take the GED® Tests in Illinois, applicants are encouraged to enroll in an adult education program in order to better prepare for the tests. In calendar year 2004, 13,987 adults successfully met the score requirements and received an Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate.

Application/Scores/Testing Sites

To take the GED® Tests in Illinois, applicants must be 18 years of age or older, must have maintained residence in the state for at least 30 days, and must not be a high school graduate, but must be from a high school class that has graduated. There are some exceptions to these requirements, and individuals should contact the Illinois Community College Board to determine their eligibility to take the GED® Tests. There is a $50 application fee, which includes issuance of the Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate upon successful completion of the GED® Tests and Constitution examination. An applicant who fails to meet the required scores on the GED® Tests has the option of retaking the entire battery or the individual test that was failed (retest fees apply).

In Illinois, GED® candidates must achieve a standard score of 410 or above on each of the five tests and a total standard score of 2250 or above on the entire battery (average score of 450 on each test).

Constitution

In addition to the five GED® Tests, Illinois residents are required to satisfactorily pass an examination on American patriotism and the principles of representative government as found in the American Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America, and the Constitution of the State of Illinois, as well as on the proper use and display of the American Flag. There is no charge to take the Illinois Constitution examination. To prepare for this test, persons may call (800) 322-3905 to obtain a copy of "Study Guide: Constitution of the United States and the State of Illinois." There is a nominal fee.

Maryland

Application/Scores/Testing Sites
To take the GED® Tests in Maryland, applicants must be at least 16 years old, not be a high school graduate, have been a Maryland resident for at least three months at the time of testing, and have been officially withdrawn from a regular high school program for at least three months. Information on waivers for withdrawal and residency requirements can be obtained by contacting the GED® office at the Maryland State Department of Education. For applications and additional information about the test, call 410-767-0538.

To sit for the test there is a $45 scheduling fee made payable to the GED® Office, as well as specific eligibility requirements outlined on the application. The fee must accompany the application.

Test results are generally mailed within six to eight weeks after taking the test. In accordance with the Privacy Act (Buckley Amendment, Privacy Rights and Confidentiality), results will not be released over the telephone or faxed. The test scores of all GED® examinees are confidential. Written permission is required from the examinee before any testing information may be released.

To qualify for the Maryland High School Diploma, a candidate must earn a standard score of 410 or above on each of the five tests, and an average score of 450 on all five tests.

Generally, further study is recommended for test subjects in which a candidate earns a standard score of 410 or below. Candidates are encouraged to contact local adult education programs to obtain information on classes.

Washington

Application/Scores/Testing Sites
Individuals are not required to be Washington residents to take the GED® Test, however they must have a Washington address in order to receive a GED® certificate. Candidates must be 19 years of age or older to test without a signed high school release form. Those 16 -18 years of age must be officially withdrawn from school and present the signed high school release form to the test center.

GED® candidates just obtain a standard score of 410 or above on each of the five tests AND a total standard score of 2250 or higher on the entire battery (average score of 450 on each test). Retesting may be done until minimum scores are obtained. Retesting fees are determined by the test center. In any calendar year, candidates may retake any one of the five GED® sub-tests three times. There is a $75 fee to take the GED® Tests in Washington, which includes the GED® certificate and score reports upon written request.

Testing schedules are determined by local GED® testing centers. The State GED® Office does not maintain detailed information for individual test centers. To make an appointment to take the GED® test, contact the test center nearest you.

Information about GED® testing in Washington State, including a directory of test centers, is located on our website, http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/public/y_ged.aspx.

Minnesota

Application/Scores/Testing Sites
Individuals are required to be Minnesota residents to take the GED® Test, and they must have a Minnesota address in order to receive a GED® certificate. Candidates must be 19 years of age or older to test without a signed age waiver form. Those 16 and 17 years of age must be officially withdrawn from school and present the signed age waiver form to the test center.

GED® candidates must obtain a standard score of 410 or above on each of the five tests AND a total standard score of 2250 or higher on the entire battery (average score of 450 on each test). Retesting may be done until minimum scores are obtained. Testing and retesting fees if necessary are determined by the test center. In any calendar year, candidates may take any one of the five GED® sub-tests no more than three times.

Testing schedules are determined by local GED® testing centers. The State GED® Office does not maintain detailed information for individual test centers. To make an appointment to take the GED® test, contact the test center nearest you.

Information about GED® testing in Minnesota, including a directory of test centers, is located on our website, http://mnabe.themlc.org/GED2.html
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To locate a testing center in Minnesota only or a place to take GED® preparation classes including Official GED® Practice Tests in Minnesota only, you can also call our hotline at 800 222 1990.


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