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Who Can Take the GED®Test?

Virginia allows people as young as 16 years old who meet qualification guidelines to take the GED test.


Do all sections of the test have to taken at one time?

In Virginia, you can take the individual subjects one at a time. The exam consists of four tests (reasoning through language arts, science, social studies, and math). Most individuals are given the GED tests over a two-day period, testing 4 hours each day.

Is identification required what you come to test?

Your identity must be verified by showing a valid driver's license, learner's permit, passport, or other form of official government ID. The ID must show your picture and include your name, address, date of birth, ID number and signature.

What happens if I don't pass the first time?

The passing score is 150 per subject.  You must re-test in only those subjects you did not successfully pass.


Can I take the test again if I don't pass on the first attempt?

Yes, you may take each test subject up to three times per calendar year (January to December). There is no waiting requirement between test sessions.


How soon after taking the tests will I receive my scores?

Test results are available via the Internet within several days after you test.

How do I prepare for the GED® tests?

Adult Education classes are taught by trained, qualified instructors. Classes are free and available in the counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski and city of Radford.

What do I need to score to earn my GED®?

You must score 150 or higher per test subject to pass and qualify for a Virginia GED certificate.

What is the cost of the GED® exam?

$30 per test subject.   A discount may apply should you need to retest.


Who can I contact should I need more information or have questions?

Call 540-674-3652 or email


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