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.
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.
Virginia GED 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 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 online
The Virginia GED test can be taken at one of the state’s GED test centers or in an online proctored (OP) format.
To qualify for taking the GED exam online, you must attain a Likely to Pass (green) result on the GED Ready test. You can buy this practice test for $6.99 on the website GED com. There is a GED Ready test for each of the four GED modules, so that will set you back $28 on top of the exam cost.
Students that take the GED test at a test center don’t need to take and pay for the GED Ready practice test.
Virginia GED price
When taken at one of Virginia’s test centers, the four GED subtests cost $30 each in Virginia (so $120 for the entire GED exam). The online GED exam costs $36 per subtest, so $144 in total whereas the GED exam, when taken at a test center.
Students that reach sufficient scores on the GED Ready test can take the GED exam online but then the cost is $36 prep individual subtest or $144 in total. Add to that also the cost for taking four GED Ready tests, $28 in total!
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.
A brighter future with a GED
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.
As said before, 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!
How to register for the Virginia GED test
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.
Prepare well for the Virginia GED test
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 like the one created by ONSEGO GED Prep.
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.
Four timed GED tests
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 or your School District for help.