Free GED tests in September | Schools
In September, GED® tests are free. The usual cost is $58, but first-time test takers who register in September will pay nothing to take the test. Chesterfield County Public Schools is able to offer free tests for a limited time thanks to a grant from the Virginia Department of Education.
GED stands for General Educational Development, and a GED certificate is equivalent to a high school diploma. The GED test covers reading, writing, social studies, science and mathematics. In 2010, about 1,000 adults took a GED test in Chesterfield County. Why is earning a GED important? By 2012, according to the Virginia Department of Education, 70 percent of job opportunities will require a technical skills certificate. Entry into certificate programs requires a high school diploma or a GED.
Here’s how to register for a GED test:
- Preregister at www.ged123.org and print out the verification form.
- Bring that verification form and a driver’s license or other government-issued ID to the Adult Continuing Education Office at the Chesterfield Technical Center, 10101 Courthouse Road, during registration hours: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
- Tests are offered each week through December, and GED seekers will select a test date during the registration process.
To pursue a GED, adults must be at least 18 and officially withdrawn from school. There is no prerequisite to taking the GED test, but classes and a learning lab are available for GED seekers who need preparation. Registration for the learning lab costs $30, and prep classes cost $70. Adults who complete 60 hours of preparation will also receive a free GED test.
For more information about GED tests or instruction, call 768-6140 or go online to chesterfield.k12.va.us to see the Adult Continuing Education program guide.