General Education Development (GED)
The General Education Development (GED) test is often called the high school equivalency test because the certificate you receive is recognized by most employers and colleges as the equivalent of a high school diploma. The GED is an eight-hour test that must be taken at the University of the District of Columbia. There are five sections of the test:
- Language Arts, Reading
- Social Studies
- Language Arts, Writing
In order to pass the GED test, you must earn a total of 2,250 points, with no subject score less than 410. For example, if you earn a total of 2,250 points, but your math score is only 400, you will not pass the GED test.
In order to pass a subject test, you must earn 450 points on that test.
For example, if you do not pass the whole GED, but you earn 450 points in science and in social studies, then you do not need to retake those tests. Passing scores remain good for three years. If you do not pass all five tests within those three years, you will have to retake the entire test.
Currently, you may take the test in one sitting or in two parts over two days.
Enrollment Requirements for the GED
- You must be a D.C. resident.
- You must be at least 18 years of age.
- You must complete the intake process.
- You must attend classes regularly and maintain a strong motivation to meet your educational goals.
- You must contribute $30 per term.