For adults who were not in the position to complete their regular high school education, the District of Columbia offers the GED® (General Education Development) high school equivalency exam so they can earn an equivalent credential.
The GED exam includes four separate subtests that can be taken one at a time.
Washington D.C. High School Equivalency Testing Requirements
In D.C., GED test-takers must be
- at least 18 years of age. Applicants 16 or 17 years old must meet strict requirements such as having parental consent and permission from their school district
- not be holding a high school diploma or equivalency
- Washington D.C. residents
- not already be registered for some other school program
Washington DC subsidizes the GED test and test-takers need to pay just $3.75 per subtest, so $15 for the entire GED exam. The four GED subtests (or modules) cover the academic fields of Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematical Reasoning.
The GED exam is modular. This means you can take one or more of the four subtests (or modules) at a time. The GED subtests are measured on a 100-200 scale. The passing score is 145. 145-164 is the HS equivalency score; 165-174 is the college-ready score and when your score is in the 175-200 range, you will additionally receive extra college credits.
The most recent GED edition (2014 Series) is done totally on a computer, paper-and-pencil testing is a thing of the past. This actually makes sense as today, practically all entry-level positions require at least basic computer and keyboarding competencies.
Across the nation, the GED credential is accepted as equivalent to a standard HS diploma and apart from qualifying for better jobs, holders of the degree will also be able to get on with their education in university or college. GED graduates generally are making at least $9,500 more annually than workers who don’t hold a secondary education degree.
The GED test is now also available online for qualifying test-takers. So GED testing no longer is exclusively done at Washington DC’s official GED testing centers in person. The GED is the equivalency of a common high school diploma and is accepted by the vast majority of North American educational institutions, government agencies, and employers.
To register for the GED test, go to GED.com and create a personal account at MyGED. Here, you can schedule and pay for your tests.
Washington D.C. does not require applicants to first take a GED prep course or attain satisfactory results on the GED Ready® practice test, but please bear in mind that the computer-formatted GED is a very challenging exam.
Getting optimally prepared is absolutely needed and the passing score is set up in such a way that around 40 percent of all HS graduates would not be able to pass the tests on the first try!
To be successful at the GED exam, attend a physical GED prep class course in your community or sign up for a good and well-structured online GED prep course. If you need any accommodation, you should apply for that in a timely manner on the official website GED. com or ask your local GED test center for assistance.