High School Equivalency (HSE) Credential
Currently, the only Virginia board-approved HSE examination in Virginia is the General Educational Development (GED) test, which was developed by the American Council on Education to enable persons who have not graduated from high school to demonstrate the attainment of abilities normally associated with completion of a high school program of study.
VDOE no longer accepts paper, phone, fax or email requests for the fulfillment of GED credentials. GED test takers who earned a credential before 2014 can order duplicate copies of transcripts and official Virginia GED certificates online at the GED Credentialing website.
Refer to the frequently asked questions (FAQs) documents for administrators and test takers for more information:
- Virginia’s GED Credentialing FAQs for Administrators (PDF)
- Virginia’s GED Credentialing FAQs for Test takers (PDF)
GED Testing Sites – 2014
To find a testing center in your area:
- Contact your local or regional adult education program using the VCU Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center Provider Directory.
- Locate the nearest GED testing center using the GED Test Center Search.
- Create a free account on myGED to see a full list of testing centers.
2014 Computer-Based Testing
In 2014, the GED 21st Century Initiative changed the GED test. The new assessment measures high school equivalency and, in addition, career and college readiness through a new endorsement. The new test is delivered in a computer-based format only.
For questions about transcripts and credentialing, call the Virginia Department of Education’s toll-free number at 800-292-3820. For all other general questions about GED instruction and testing, call the Virginia GED Helpline at 877-376-9433. To view frequently asked questions about the 2014 GED Program see GED Testing Service FAQs.
GED Battery of Tests
The GED battery of four tests measures the skills considered to be the major outcomes of a high school education. The tests focus on the major use of skills and concepts rather than upon recall of specific facts. The questions focus on the general abilities to analyze, evaluate, and draw conclusions.
- Reasoning through Language Arts
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Social Studies
GED Regulations and Requirements
- Clarification Regarding GED Testing Eligibility – Superintendent's Memo No. 68, March 23, 2007
- To qualify for a Virginia GED Certificate, earn a minimum score of 150 on each of the subtests. To qualify for a GED with Honors, earn a minimum score of 170 on each of the subtests.
Register to take the GED test by visiting GED Testing Service.
GED Test Preparation
For information on what you can do to prepare for the GED Test and to find GED classes in your area, call 877-37MYGED (877-376-9433.) You may also visit www.gedva.com.
Test accommodations are individualized and considered on a case-by-case basis. GED Testing Service provides detailed information for test takers and diagnosing professionals.
Request for Application: Approval of High School Equivalency Examination Providers
Below is the Request for Application, as well as the Guidelines for High School Equivalency Examinations in Virginia. The application period begins on October 12, 2015 and is due back to the Office of Adult Education and Literacy on November 18, 2015.
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