Virginia GED Requirements

In Virginia, you get your GED diploma if you pass the four GED subject tests that make up the GED exam. You can take the GED exam online or at a state-designated Virginia testing center.

To register for one (or more) of the four GED® subtests or the GED Ready® tests, you must create an account on the website


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The GED (General Education Development) exam consists of four pretty challenging sub-exams, so getting well-prepared is crucial for success. On average, GED applicants require 2 to 3 months to become optimally prepared.

Virginia GED Requirements

  • Test-takers cannot already hold a high school or equivalent diploma.
  • Test-takers cannot be registered for another educational program.
  • The minimum age is 16 in Virginia.
  • 16 and 17-year-olds, however, must meet additional criteria such as having permission from their school districts and parental consent.
  • Applicants do not have to be Virginia residents.
  • There is no need in Virginia to first take the GED Ready practice test when you sit for the exam at a test center.

Virginia GED Price

When taken at one of Virginia’s test centers, the four GED subtests cost $36 each in Virginia (so $144 for the entire GED exam).

In Virginia, the online GED exam costs $36 per subtest as well, so $144 in total. But to qualify for the online test, you must first reach sufficient scores (in the “green” zone)  on the GED Ready test.

For each GED subtest, there’s a GED Ready test (so four in total) that must be bought at $6.99 each on the website. You should add that to the cost of taking the GED test online, which brings your total to $172.


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However, if you use Onsego Advantage, four vouchers for the GED Ready tests will be included for free.

Virginia GED Online Classes

Onsego has developed a complete GED preparatory program that includes many online GED classes and numerous practice tests and sample questions. The course is a great solution for students of all ages and all levels of earlier education and preparation levels.

We make your GED prep easy by providing short, bite-sized lessons that explain all GED topics in clear, understandable language. The lessons are easy to follow, and you won’t get lost in complicated GED subject matter.

So be sure not to miss this chance to get all set for the GED exam fast and sign up for Onsego’s online GED classes today.

How To Start Your GED Preparation

The best way to begin your GED prep is to take a few GED practice tests. This will show you what your academically stronger and weaker points are so you won’t have to waste your precious study time on things you already command.

Onsego offers GED practice tests. If online learning fits you, these tests give you a good idea of those areas that require your attention most. If studying with a good online course is what you like, register for Onsego’s full GED prep course and work toward your GED diploma efficiently.

Online GED Test

So today, the GED test is available online as well. In earlier days, GED candidates had to come to one of Virginia’s state-certified GED testing centers and take the four GED subtests face-to-face. Well, those days are over.

To be eligible for online GED testing, the students first need to reach “green” (or likely to pass) scores on the official GED Ready test. If you want to read more about GED-at-Home testing, go to this page: Online Proctored GED Testing.

GED Scoring

The GED modules (subtests) are independent tests that can be taken separately. Scoring is measured on a 100 to 200 scale and is done as follows:

  • Below Passing: 100 – 144
  • High school equivalency: 145 – 164
  • College-ready: 165 – 174
  • College-ready + college credits: 175 – 200

Students scoring in the last two categories may have college admission prerequisites such as SAT or ACT scores waived. See also our post about the online Virginia GED test.

FAQ About GED In Virginia

How to get a GED in Virginia?

Adult learners looking to secure their GED diplomas in Virginia must pass the four computer-based tests of the GED high school equivalency exam. These tests are independent modules that cover Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Language Arts.

What are the Virginia GED testing requirements?

The GED test is for adults who don’t hold a high school degree. Virginia requires applicants to be at least 16 years old. Applicants 16 or 17 are required, however, to meet strict additional requirements. In Virginia, there is no residency requirement, and test-takers don’t have to take a preparatory course or qualification exam prior to taking the GED exam except when they take the exam online.

What is the GED cost in Virginia?

In Virginia, GED testing will set you back $144 for the full exam (so $36 per subtest) if you sit for the exam at an official Virginia testing site. Online GED testing will also set you back $36 per subtest, so $144 in total.

If you take the GED test online, you may as well add the cost of taking four required GED Ready tests ($28), which brings your overall cost to $172. Onsego’s Advantage students receive 4 GED Ready tests for free.

Attention: Onsego is committed to providing quality GED education resources. However, the dynamic nature of GED testing requirements suggests checking the information in this post against official sources for accuracy and reliability.