What is the GED® test?
The 2014 GED® test is a four-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers. The four subjects are Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts. After you pass the GED® test, your diploma or credential will be issued by your state but you’ll receive a GED® transcript to apply to college, start training, or get a better job.
We believe that everyone deserves a fighting chance at a good job with good wages. That’s why the 2014 GED® program includes start-to-finish support and a test based on what’s needed to succeed in college and jobs.
- The first GED® test was created in 1942 and is updated every 10-15 years
- The 2014 GED® test takes a little more than seven hours to complete
- The 2014 GED® test is administered year-round at more than 1,500 testing centers worldwide
- People with a high school credential earn $568,000 more in a lifetime than people without a high school credential
- The GED has changed the lives of more than 19 million people in 70 years. One decision shouldn’t define a lifetime—transform your life with the GED®test.
GED Program Office Testing Hours
Daily: Monday-Friday , 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Monthly: Second Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. & Second Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
GEDPO Inclement Weather Policy: If DC Government offices are closed OR open late, then GED Testing for that date and time is cancelled. Examinees may check www.dc.gov for updates.
$3.75 per test
$15 per 4-test battery
The first two re-takes are free of charge
GED Transcripts for Examinees who Tested in Washington, District of Columbia
A transcript of test scores is available to individuals who have earned a GED credential by successfully sitting for and passing the GED Exam in the District of Columbia. The test scores of individual candidates are confidential information. An examinee must request in writing that an official score report or verification be sent to a specific institution, employer, or other organization. Written requests must include the candidate's signature.
- GED Regulations [PDF]
- Updated GED Age Waiver Policy
- Sample Template for Letter of Endoresment [PDF]
- Sample of Voucher Tracking Sheet [PDF]
- GED Scoring Changes
- OSSE Guide to Adult Education Services
- Official GED Testing Service Website
- Official GED Facebook
- American Council on Education
- PBS Literacy Link
- DC Metro
- Community Partnerships for Adult Learning
- National College Transistion Network
- National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
- National Adult Education Honor Society
In the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education, the mission of the GED Testing Program is to administer the Tests of General Education Development (GED®) and ensure that the testing program is no longer an endpoint for adults, but rather a springboard for further education, training, and better paying jobs. Four content-area assessments—Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA),Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies—will measure a foundational core of knowledge and skills.