GED® Testing and Information
West Georgia Technical College serves as a GED testing center for Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, Heard, Meriwether and Troup counties. Testing is provided several times a month to accommodate various work schedules. An added incentive for lifelong learning allows Georgia residents who earn the GED diploma to automatically receive a $500.00 Hope voucher which may be used at any Georgia technical college.
GED Diploma Guidelines
The GED Testing Program is jointly administered by the GED Testing Service (GEDTS) of the American Council on Education and by the Technical College System of Georgia Office of Adult Education. The GED battery of tests is developed by GEDTS and the same tests are given in all fifty states.
The GED Tests provide adults at least 16 years of age who are beyond the age of compulsory high school attendance under state law with an opportunity to earn a General Education Development diploma. In order to pass the GED Tests, a student must pass a series of five tests in writing skills, social studies, science, interpreting literature and arts, and mathematics. Successfully passing these tests demonstrates that the student has acquired a level of learning that is comparable to that of high school graduates. The GEDTS has set a national standard for the minimum score an examinee can receive in order to pass the GED.
GED Testing Eligibility
The GED Tests can be administered only to persons who:
- have not graduated from an accredited high school or received a General Educational Development diploma;
- are not currently enrolled in high school;
- are at least 16 years of age.*
* 16 and 17 year-old applicants must receive special needs approval.
How Do I Apply for the GED Tests?
You must attend a GED Test Registration session. Please see GED Test Schedules below.
Residency: You do not need to be a resident of Georgia to be eligible to take the GED tests. You must, however, be a resident of Georgia to receive the $500 HOPE voucher.
Identification: When you register for the GED tests, government-issued photo identification is required. It is also required in order to be admitted into the testing room.
GED Scoring and Retesting
Tests are scored from 200 to 800 points.
A minimum standard score of 410 is necessary to pass each individual test, and an average standard score of 450 is required to pass the full battery and receive the GED diploma.
The requirements for retesting:
If the average standard score is 430 or better, the applicant may retake the test at any time, but remedial study is recommended.
If the average standard score is 400-429, a wait of three months or evidence of remedial study is necessary before retesting.
If the applicant's average standard score falls below 400, a wait of six months, or evidence of remedial study is necessary before retesting.
You will be charged $160 to take the GED tests. $32 is charged for retests.
The original GED Diploma and a copy of the test scores transcript will be mailed to successful test takers by the Technical College System of Georgia Office of Adult Education. However, a fee will be charged for a duplicate or replacement GED Diploma or duplicate copies of test scores.