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Who Can Take the GED®Test?

Virginia allows people as young as 16 years of age to take the GED test. If you are under 18, you must contact our office to obtain qualification guidelines.

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 five tests (writing, science, social studies, math and reading). Most individuals are given the GED tests over a two-day period, testing 4 hours each day.

What are other eligibility requirements?

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?

We normally recommend that you re-test in only those sections that you did not pass. Depending on your score for each subject, we may recommend that you re-take the entire test.

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

Yes, you may take the GED test 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. Contact our office at 540-674-3652 for information about Adult Education class locations in Pulaski County, Floyd County, Giles County, Radford and Christiansburg.

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

You must receive a standard score battery average of 450 (total score of 2,250 or higher) with no individual test score below 410 to qualify for a Virginia GED certificate.

What is the cost of the GED® exam?

First-time testers: Pay $10 first-time test fee, $35 for complete battery or $7 per test, plus $5 processing fee (total cost $50).
Re-testers: Pay $7 per test plus $5 processing fee.

      INFORMATION: NRCC Adult Education, (540) 674-3682; toll free (866) 462-6722, extension 3682.

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New River Community College | Adult Education Program | 229 Edwards Hall | Mailing address: 5251 College Drive, Dublin, VA 24084