In Virginia, adults who never completed high school can take the GED® (General Education Development) exam to earn a credential that’s equivalent to a standard HS diploma.
The GED exam comes with four subtests (or modules) in the fields of Science, Reasoning through Language Arts, Social Studies, and Mathematical Reasoning.
Virginia High School Equivalency Testing 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 18 years old, though 16 and 17 year-olds may also qualify if they have permission from their school district 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
Each of the four GED subtests costs $30 in Virginia (so $120 for the entire GED exam). The GED credential allows for job improvement and is accepted by virtually all American institutions of higher learning just like a regular High School diploma.
The four GED subtests are measured on a scale that runs from 100 to 200. Below passing score: 100-144; HS equivalency score: 145-164; College-ready score: 165-174; College-ready plus college credits: 175-200.
GED testing is done at a level that’s comparable to that of graduating HS seniors and the GED passing score is set in a way that forty percent of all HS grads would not be able to pass on the first try.
Do holders of the GED degree can further their academic education in college and the degree will additionally lead to better employment opportunities. Workers with a GED degree will earn at least some $9,600 more per year than those who do not hold the degree.
The GED test is now also available online for qualifying applicants. So personal appearance at an official Virginia GED testing site is no longer required!
The four GED tests are administered exclusively on a computer and you may take one (or more) of the four modules (subtests) at a time.
Registration for the GED test is done online. Go to GED.com and open your personal account at the portal MyGED. This is the place to register for, pay for, and schedule your tests. Everything needs to be done online. Paper-based testing is a thing of the past.
As said above, Virginia doesn’t require state residency and you also don’t need a GED prep course first. Keep in mind, however, that the GED exam is rather challenging so you are really advised to either attend classes in a physical classroom or follow a well-structured online GED prep course.
The most recent version of the GED test dates back to 2014 and remodeling the exam was really needed to make sure graduates would be meeting college expectations and industry requirements. In that sense, computer-based testing is pretty normal because there is hardly any job out there that doesn’t call for at least some basic understanding of how computers work and how keyboarding is done.
The GED tests are timed. The allotted time for Literacy is 155 minutes (including a short break); Math: 135 minutes; Social Studies: 70 minutes; Science: 90 minutes. If you require some accommodation, please apply timely on the website GED.com or contact a local GED testing center for help.