Taking your GED

The GED Test measures your "General Educational Development". This test covers five separate subjects, including reading, writing, science, social studies, and math. It is a measurement of your problem solving and critical thinking skills. When you pass all five tests, you receive a credential certifying that your educational understanding is the same or better than a high school graduate.

Cost of the GED Test: $58

The total cost to take the "Full Battery" of tests, meaning all five subjects is $58 ($10 per test plus an $8 first time test fee). Retests are $10 per subject. Scholarships are available for students who participate in our classes.

How to Register for a Test

You can register for a test by contacting any of our local testing centers.If you are enrolled in one of our classes, your instructor will walk you through this process.

 

To register you will need to fill out an application, a code of conduct form, pay your fee, provide a copy of government-issued photo I.D. and verify your social security number.


Valid driver’s licenses, valid passports, military IDs, or other forms of government-issued (national or foreign) identification that show name, address, date of birth, signature, and photograph are all acceptable forms of identification. A social security card is required only if candidates would like their social security number to be included as part of their record.

 

 

Testing Application Drop-Off Locations

If you are interested in testing, you must fill out an application, and schedule in advance for testing.

You may pick up a full application packet at the locations listed below. You can also download an application to print and fill out by clicking on this link. Please call our main office with questions: 276-739-2547 or 1-800-322-7748 .

 

For GED testing at the Washington County Test Center
Bristol School Board Office
222 Oak Street, Bristol, VA 24201

Virginia Highlands Community College
160 Opportunity Lane, Abingdon VA 24210
OTC Building Room 101

For GED testing at Smyth County School Board Office
Smyth County School Board Office
121 Bagley Circle Suite 300, Marion VA 24354

For GED testing at Wythe County Technology Center
Wythe County Technology Center
1505 West Spiller Street, Wytheville VA 24382

For GED testing in Galax
Galax Virginia Employment Commission
963 East Stuart Drive, Galax VA 24333

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How old do I have to be to take the tests?
In general, you must be 18 years old and out of school to take the GED Tests. In some cases, exceptions are made for people aged 16-17. A Virginia GED Helpline counselor can help you determine if you can take the test. Call 276-739-2547 or 1-800-322-7748 for assistance.


2. Do I need to live in Virginia? What identification do I need?
No, you do NOT have to be a Virginia resident to take the GED test here. You only need a valid government-issued photo I.D. when registering.

 

Valid driver’s licenses, valid passports, military IDs, or other forms of government-issued (national or foreign) identification that show name, address, date of birth, signature, and photograph are all acceptable forms of identification. A social security card is required only if candidates would like their social security number to be included as part of their record.


3. What subjects are covered on the GED Test?
The GED Tests are a series of five tests with questions covering reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, and science.


4. What do I need to score to pass the GED Test?
To pass the complete GED Test Battery you must obtain a minimum score of 2250. Testers need a minimum score of 410 on each of the individual tests but must have an average score of 450.

To receive a 410 standard score on an individual GED test, candidates generally need to answer 60 to 65 percent of the questions correctly.


5. How do I access my scores?
Test scores may be obtained online at www.GED123.org by using your Testing Access Code.



6. I lost my transcripts/certificate. What should I do?
You can fill out this GED Transcript/Certificate request form (.doc or .pdf) and return it to the address listed on the form along with a check or money order.


7. When and where do I take my test?
There are two testing sites within the Mount Rogers Regional Adult Education Program (MRRAEP), Washington County area. The main test site is located in on the campus of Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC) in Abingdon, Virginia. We test most Fridays beginning at 9 a.m. In addition, we test at 4 p.m. once a month at the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) in Bristol, Virginia (Exit 7). Please check our testing calendar for upcoming test dates.

Other test centers are located in Smyth County (call 276-783-8865 ext. 2264), Wythe County (call 276-228-5481) and in the city of Galax (call 276-236-9221). For more information about testing in these areas, contact the center nearest you.


8. What accommodations are available on the GED Test for people with disabilities?

There are several options available for individuals needing accommodations because of a disability or need. Learn more about this by clicking here.




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Southwest Virginia Test Centers

If you are interested in taking your GED Exam, please contact the test center nearest you.

Washington County
(Abingdon, VA)
276-739-2547 or
1-800-322-7748


Galax Test Center:
276-236-9221

 

Smyth Test Center:
276-783-8865


Wythe County Test Center:
276-228-5481