This post lists all GED® prep classes and testing sites in the Arlington region.
The GED test offers adults who didn’t graduate high school another opportunity to acquire an equivalent credential.
The GED exam measures academic proficiency at a level that may also be expected of a graduating HS senior.
There are four computer-based GED subtests (modules) in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Literacy.
The GED tests may be taken one at a time but completion must be achieved within a 2-year window.
Arlington GED prep locations (by ZIP)
Arlington Community Learning (ACL)
2801 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 306, Arlington, VA 22201, Phone: 703-228-7220
Woodbury Park-The Frederick (AHC)
2335 North 11th St, Arlington, VA 22201, Phone: 703-807-1941
2801 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 218, Arlington, VA 22201, Phone: 703 228-2560
The LIBRE Institute
2200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 102 PMB 44, Arlington, VA 22201, Phone: 1-844-843-4194
Even Start-Family Literacy Program Arlington
625 S Wakefield St, Arlington, VA 22204, Phone: 703-228-8846
Syphax Education Center Sequoia Plaza (ACL)
2110 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22204, Phone: 703-228-7220
Samaritan Ministry Northern Virginia Office
2207 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204, Phone: 703-271-0938
Capital English Academy
3401 Columbia Pike, 4th Fl, Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22204, Phone: 703-822-5650
Wakefield High School (ACL)
1325 S Dinwiddie St, Arlington, VA 22206, Phone: 703-228-7220
If a GED prep facility is not listed, or if we should make any adjustments, please feel free to inform us here on our contact page.
Locations around Arlington (cities by alphabet)
Alexandria Public Schools GED Education
25 South Quaker Lane (Ste 28), Alexandria, VA 22314, Ph: 703-461-4179
See all Alexandria locations here: Alexandria GED Classes
Northern Virginia Community College
8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003, Phone: 703-323-3168
Heritage Center, West Wing
7611 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003, Phone: 703-503-6407/6444
Fairfax County Adult Education GED Instruction
3877 Fairfax Ridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030, Phone: 571-423-4650
See all Fairfax options here
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road – Falls Church – VA 22042 – Phone 703.237.0866
Falls Church Hogar Immigrant services
6201 Leesburg Pike – Ste 307 – Falls Church – VA 22044 – Phone 703.534.9805 ext. 222
Fairfax County Adult High School-Falls Church
7510 Lisle Avenue – Falls Church – VA 22043 – Phone: 703.506.2250
Tysons Huntington Center
8290-B Old Courthouse Road, Vienna, VA 22182, Phone 703-356-7544
Notre Dame Adult Education GED Classes
330 21st Street NE – Washington – DC 20002 – Phone 202.388.5027
For more DC locations go to Washington D.C. GED Classes
Freedom High GED Classes (PWCPS)
15201 Neabsco Mills Road, Woodbridge, Virginia 22191, Ph: 703-791-7357
You can see all Woodbridge locations here.
If you would like us to include a GED prep facility or to make adjustments, please contact us here.
Arlington area GED test centers
Arlington Public Schools
2801 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, Ph: 703-228-7220
Alexandria Public Schools
25 S. Quaker Ln, Alexandria, VA 22314, Ph: 703-461-4197
Lord Fairfax Community College
173 Skirmisher Ln, Middletown, VA 22645, Ph: 540-869-0748
University DC GED Testing
410 8th Street NW (Ste 6-601), Washington, DC 20004, Ph: 202-274-7174
The GED – what’s new
The GED exam has been known for many years as ‘the second chance diploma’ for high school dropouts. But the popular HSE (high-school equivalency) exam has undergone a historic overhaul to better meet industry and higher education expectations and demands. Check if you qualify here: GED testing in Virginia.
In January 2014, the company that administers the GED (General Educational Development) exam has nationwide introduced a new assessment system that has done away with the paper-and-pencil format and most multiple-choice questions as well. Instead, adult applicants must demonstrate computer and analytical/critical thinking competencies in four computer-based tests covering the subjects of literacy, math, science, and social studies.
In addition to the format change is the new GED exam brought entirely in line with more rigorous math and English standards that have been adopted by most states. The American Council on Education (ACE) partnered with educational publishing giant Pearson, to form GED Testing Service, which now is a for-profit enterprise.
Pearson is responsible for administering the GED exam which now only can be taken at Pearson Vue-authorized testing centers. You have the possibility to take (and pay for) the four tests one by one, no need to take it all in a row, and your test scores are valid for a two-year period.
The GED is pretty challenging, so to earn your HSE (high school equivalency) diploma, proper preparation is crucial. The cost of the battery of four tests is $120, but you can pay per test ($30) if you prefer to take just one of the four GED tests at a time. See also this page that has links to all GED programs and test centers across the USA.
GED passing score
The overhauled GED exam also has a new scoring system: students had to reach a score of at least 150 on each one of the four tests (modules), but in early 2016 this was adjusted to 145 points. So now you need to score 580 points or more overall to earn your high school equivalency credential. The GED passing score is measured on a 100 – 200 scale. Scoring is as follows:
Passing score: 145-164
College-Ready score: 165-174
College Ready + Credit: 175-200 points
You can take one test at a time, and your scores will be valid for a period of two years, starting from the day the first test is taken.
The state of Virginia requires applicants to be 18 years or older, not have a secondary education credential, not be engaged in any type of secondary education program, and have a valid photo ID. In case 16 or 17, you need to have a statement from your former school that you are withdrawn from that school.
Additionally, you must present an official letter from 1/an employer confirming that you need to pass the GED exam to get or keep a specific job, 2/ a post-secondary educational institution stating that you need to pass the GED exam to get signed up, or 3/ a branch of the U.S. Armed Services confirming that you must pass the GED exam for induction.
Nobody under 16 can sit for the GED set of 4 tests, no exceptions. When you are disabled in whatever way, you are allowed to request special accommodations, but please inform the test center timely and ask your test examiner for instructions and the proper request forms.
GED registration and information
Go to GED.com for an amazing amount of GED information. Sign up with MyGED to learn all details about scheduling and paying for your tests (you can take and pay for one test at the time you feel you’re ready), employment market developments, college profiles, university requirements, and so forth. You need to complete the four subtests within two years.
Despite all technological developments that were implemented in the new GED program is online GED testing NOT a possibility. Online preparation is a perfect way to get all set, but if you want to earn your GED diploma, you need to show up at an official and state-approved testing site. If you come across websites that want to make you believe something else, you can be sure you deal with fraud.
Lowered passing score
Visit this GED Scoring Standards post if you want to learn all about the reduced passing scores (for each test you now require no less than 145 points instead of 150). This change became effective in early 2016. Online GED testing is NOT possible, and online-obtained documents are worthless.