Alabama GED Information

Earning a high school diploma or GED (General Educational Development) credential is the first step to furthering your education or career. Read on to find out about eligibility, testing centers and other information about the GED in Alabama.

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What Is the GED?

A GED credential demonstrates that you have attained a high school level of academic proficiency. Passing the GED makes you eligible to apply for most jobs requiring a high school diploma. Additionally, most U.S. colleges and universities accept GED graduates.

The GED is comprised of five separate sub-tests covering the high school curriculum, including reading, writing, mathematics, social studies and science. Most of the questions are multiple-choice and there is one essay to write.

Who Is Eligible?

You can take the GED exam in Alabama if you're at least 18 and:

  • Don't have a high school diploma
  • Are not enrolled in any school registered with the Alabama Department of Education

You can take the test at 16 or 17 by meeting the above requirements and by meeting additional criteria established by the Alabama State Board of Education.

You will need identification in order to register for the test, including your Social Security Number or U.S. Individual Taxpayer Number. You must also have a valid form of photo ID.

What's a Passing Score?

A total score of 2,250 is required to pass the exam. In addition, no single score can be lower than 410. You must wait at least six weeks before retaking the tests if you didn't pass. Your GED examiner should be able to tell you when you'll receive the test results.

Where Can I Take the Test?

The GED can only be taken at official test centers administered by the Alabama Community College System (ACCS). The ACCS maintains a website listing all of the official testing centers and contact information. Each center has its own schedule, usually offering a variety of days and times to take the exam.

How Can I Prepare?

Free GED instruction is available through adult basic education (ABE) providers located at schools, colleges and other agencies. ABE programs usually offer extensive GED preparation and instruction. Some also have online instruction available or other distance learning options. Find out where your nearest ABE is by contacting your school district, county board of education or the ACCS.

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