In Alabama, the GED test can be taken online or at a GED test center. Students who score in the “green” zone on the GED Ready test qualify for taking the four GED subtests online.
Alabama is using the GED test for its HSE (high school equivalency) testing program. The HSE test offers persons that didn’t complete their high school education the opportunity to earn an equivalent degree.
The four GED® testing fields are Science, Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts.
The Alabama GED test is $120 for the entire battery of four sub-tests ($30 per section) when taken at a test center. Online testing is $36 per subtest.
The GED subtests may be taken separately, you don’t have to sit for the entire battery in one take.
You can check your test results right after you took the exam.
There is no waiting period for the first two retakes. If you need to take that subtest for the third time, you’ll need to wait 60 days before you can retake that subject test again. You can take each subject test as many times as you like in a year.
You can retake a subject test twice at a discounted rate within one year. After that year, the regular fee applies again but if, after that year, you fail that subtest again, you will get two retakes at a reduced rate one more time. GED Testing Service will waive the $20 testing fee but Alabama charges a $10 test center fee for retakes.
Alabama GED requirements
- You must be at least 16 years of age to qualify for the GED exam or for GED prep courses. 16 and 17 years old, however, must meet additional strict requirements. Please check with a prep facility or a GED testing site near you.
- You cannot be the holder of a secondary education degree, nor are you allowed to be partaking in another educational project as well.
- Alabama has no residency requirement for test-takers 18 years of age and older.
- GED testers are not required to first attend a GED prep course or attain sufficient results on the GED Ready® practice test.
All GED prep classes in Alabama
You can choose a traditional GED prep class near you. Choose the city closest to you:
- Alexander City
GED test centers in Alabama
Central Alabama Comm. Coll | 1675 Cherokee Rd | Alexander City | AL 35010 | 256.215.4270
Gadsden State Comm. Coll. | 1801 Coleman Rd | Anniston | AL 36207 | 256.832.1217
Coastal Alabama Comm. College | 6574 Hwy 21 | Atmore | AL 36502 | 251.368.7603
Auburn University | 112 S College St | 232 Biggin Hall | Auburn | AL 36849 | 334.844.7936
Coastal Alabama Comm. College | 1900 Hwy 31 S | Bay Minette | AL 36507 | 251.580.2185
Jefferson State Comm. Coll. | 2601 Carson Rd | Birmingham | AL 35215 | 205.856.7942
Jefferson State Comm. Coll. | 4600 Valleydale Rd | Birmingham | AL 35242 | 205.983.5276
Lawson State Comm. Coll. | 3060 Wilson Rd SW | Birmingham | AL 35221 | 205.929.6448
Snead State Community College | 501 Usry St | Boaz | AL 35957 | 256.593.5120
Coastal Alabama Comm. Coll. | 220 Alco Dr | Brewton | AL 36426 | 251.368.7603
Central Alabama Comm. Coll. | 34091 US Hwy 280 | Childersburg | AL 35044 | 256.378.2017
Kelsey’s Place | 950 Lumac Rd | Clanton | AL 35045 | 205.755.7101
Wallace Community College | 1141 Wallace Dr | Dothan | AL 36303 | 334.556.2373/2282
Enterprise State Comm. Coll. | 600 Plaza Dr | Enterprise | AL 36330 | 334.347.2623
Wallace Community College | 3235 S Eufaula Ave | Eufaula | AL 36027 | 334.687.3543
Reid State Technical Coll. | I-65 & Hwy 83 | Evergreen | AL 36401 | 251.578.1313 ext. 149
Bevill State Community College | 2631 Temple Ave N | Fayette | AL 35555 | 205.932.3221
Snead State Comm. Coll. | 1001 George Wallace Dr | Gadsden | AL 35903 | 256.439.6819
Bevill State Community College | 1481 Military St S | Hamilton | AL 35570 | 205.921.3177
Wallace Comm. Coll. | 801 Main St | Bailey Bldg 408 | Hanceville | AL 35077 | 256.352.8461
Drake State Tech | 3421 Meridian St N | Bldg 700-Rm 705 | Huntsville | AL 35811 | 256.551.3116
Calhoun Comm. Coll. | 102 Wynn Dr | Sparkman Bldg-Rm 32 (Lower Level) | Huntsville | AL 35805 | 256.713.4809
Bevill State Community College | 1411 Indiana Ave | Jasper | AL 35501 | 205.387.0511
The Exam Center A+ | 4868 Main St | Millbrook | AL 36054 | 334.517.4463
Bishop State Community College | 414 Stanton St | Mobile | AL 36617 | 251.662.5370
Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast | 2448 Gordon Smith Dr | Mobile | AL 36617 | 251.471.1581
Coastal Alabama Comm. Coll. | 2800 S Alabama Ave | Monroeville | AL 36460 | 251.575.3156
H Councill Trenholm State Comm. Coll. | 3920 Troy Hwy | Bldg J | Montgomery | AL 36116 | 334.420.4391
Northwest-Shoals Comm. Coll. | 800 George Wallace Blvd | Muscle Shoals | AL 35662 | 256.331.5443
Southern Union State Comm. Coll. | 1701 LaFayette Pkwy | Opelika | AL 36801 | 334.745.6437
Lurleen B Wallace Community College | 1708 N Main St | Opp | AL 36467 | 334.493.5333
Chattahoochee Valley Comm. Coll. | 2602 College Dr | Phenix City | AL 36869 | 334.291.4941
Northwest-Shoals Comm. Coll. | 2080 College Rd | Phil Campbell | AL 35581 | 256.331.6297
NE Alabama Community College | 138 AL Hwy 35 | Rainsville | AL 35986 | 256.638.2957
Wallace Community College | 3000 Earl Goodwin Pkwy | Selma | AL 36702 | 334.876.9227
Calhoun Community College | 6250 Hwy 31 N | Tanner | AL 35671 | 256.306.2610
Coastal Alabama Comm. Coll. | 30755 Hwy 43 S | Thomasville | AL 36784 | 334.637.3167
Troy Career Center | 1023 S Brundidge St | Troy | AL 36081 | 334.566.3920
Shelton State Comm. Coll. | 3401 MLK Jr. Blvd | Bldg 200-Ste 223 | Tuscaloosa | AL 35401 | 205.391.2676
Southern Union State | 321 Fob James Dr | Valley | AL 36854 | 334.756.4151
Southern Union State | 750 Roberts St | Wadley | AL 36276 | 334.745.6437
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Online GED testing
Eligible candidates can take the four GED subtests online as well. Until recently, if you wanted to secure your GED diploma, you were required to come to an official GED testing site and sit for the four subtests in person. Now, that has changed! For more info, go to this post: Online Proctored GED Testing.
How to start with your GED in Alabama
You can sign up for the GED (General Education Development) program if you don’t have a high school diploma and if you are not registered for any other school program. If you want to go the GED route, here is in short how to get started with your preparation.
Students can contact an adult education center for proper support. Find a GED prep location near you and discover your level of achievement. Learn everything about requirements and regulations, and prepare well.
This website also provides free help in the form of numerous GED practice tests and video instruction that will get you ready in a fast way! The advantage of online learning is that you can learn at a time that suits your day and calendar.
The GED diploma will get you into college so you may want to learn all about your preferred college’s admissions requirements and enrollment policies, and request financial aid.
By the time you’ve completed the GED and meet academic requirements, contact your preferred Alabama Community College and try to get all relevant info about their academic programs.
If you complete the GED, your diploma and transcript will be sent to you by both email and regular mail. Study hard so one day, hopefully soon, you’ll get the life you deserve.
The four GED subtests are measured on a scale from 100 to 200.
100-144 is the below-passing score
145-164 is the high school equivalency score
165-174 is the college-ready score
175-200 is the college-ready + college credit score
GED registration in Alabama
Go to GED.com and discover everything regarding the GED program. Sign up with the portal MyGED and learn how to register and schedule your test appointments.
Also, your local bookstore and library will have booklets and other materials for GED preparation, and there are also some pretty good internet sites that offer free GED prep courses.
But probably the best thing to do is to combine online instruction with GED prep classes at one of the many facilities that will assist you (often at no cost at all) to become sufficiently prepared. Check the listing above for preparation classes and testing centers close to you so you can plan your GED test in good order.
Free GED online prep in Alabama
- Practice Tests: Math, Social Studies, Language, and Science
- Online GED Classes
- Pre GED Tests
- Best GED Books
Why get a GED in Alabama
There are many good reasons to go for the GED test: you will have better chances to find suitable employment or improve your position and the GED diploma will open doors to post-secondary education institutions.
The Alabama GED exam is only offered on a computer but if you qualify, you no longer have to come to an official GED test center to sit for the exam in person. There is now also an online option. To register for the GED exam go to GED.com and create your account at the portal MyGED (or call 1-877-392-6433).
Applicants don’t need to pay for the whole battery of four tests at once. You only need to pay for the subject(s) that you have registered for. The fee is $30 per subject test. Among the many advantages of the GED exam is that there is so much flexibility.
Additionally, you will go through the process of personal development that will enable you to have a better future. In Alabama, you can find many GED programs that will get you all set to take the test confidently.
For more information:
Alabama Community College System
Adult Education, GED Office
135 S Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
FAQ about GED in Alabama
How to get a GED in Alabama?
To get a GED in Alabama, you need to pass the four tests of the GED high school equivalency (HSE) exam.
The four independent GED subtests (also referred to as modules) cover the fields of Mathematics, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science. The GED is an entirely computer-formatted exam.
What are the Alabama GED testing requirements?
The GED exam is only for people who don’t have a high school diploma. Alabama requires test-takers to be at least 16 years of age. Applicants 16 and 17 years old need to meet strict requirements though, like having permission from their school district and holding parental consent. There is no state residency requirement and you also don’t need to first pass a practice test.
What is the GED cost in Alabama?
In Alabama, the GED exam costs $120 for the entire exam ($30 per subtest) if you take the exam at a physical test site. If you take the test online, it’ll cost you $36 per subtest. You can take (and pay for) the four GED subtests one at a time. Registration and scheduling your tests are done online at GED.com.
Last Updated on September 26, 2021.