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GED in Maryland

Maryland uses the new GED® exam for measuring its residents’ high school equivalency requirements. The GED exam is now entirely computer-based.

There are numerous facilities that provide GED prep classes that will support you in becoming totally ready to complete the GED exam successfully.

High school equivalency

The GED diploma is sure to have a positive impact on people’s lives and this post lists all facilities in key Maryland areas where GED prep classes are available. The GED program is absolutely important for adults who did not complete high school and offers them one more chance to receive an equivalent diploma.

Obtaining the GED certificate will definitely improve job options and open doors of universities and colleges. The GED test contains four individual sub-tests that you need to pass within a two-year period. The four testing fields are Social Studies (70 minutes), Science (90 minutes), Mathematical Reasoning (Math – 115 minutes), and Reasoning through Language Arts (Literacy – 150 minutes).

The adjusted GED passing score

The passing score is now 145 points per subtest. GED Testing Service reduced the minimum score from 150 to 145 in January 2016. Read all about it in this article. Note that taking the GED tests online is NOT possible. You must appear in person at a state=approved testing site.

GED prep classes in and around (choose your nearest city):

Annapolis
Bowie
Baltimore
Columbia
Cumberland
Easton
Frederick
Gaithersburg
Hagerstown
Rockville
Salisbury
Silver Spring

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No online GED testing

You cannot take the GED tests online, you still need to show up at an official Maryland testing site in person. After completion of the GED test, you are awarded the GED diploma that is nationwide regarded as the equivalent of a standard high school diploma by virtually every government agency, all recruiters and employers, and all universities and colleges. Don’t forget to check our article about signing up for your GED exam with the online portal MyGED.

GED – Maryland requirements

  • Maryland’s minimum age is 19 (16, 17, and  18-year-olds will face extra requirements. Go to your nearest GED test site)
  • Fee: $45 for all four tests (computer-based) thanks to government subsidies, retesting is $11,25 per test
  • You do NOT need to sit for a GED practice test
  • The Maryland GED exam is only for residents
  • You are not a high school graduate and are not attending any other school program

 

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Maryland GED Testing Centers

Baltimore
Baltimore City Comm. College | 2901 Liberty Heights Ave | Baltimore | Maryland 21215 | 410 – 462 – 8000
Comm. Coll. of Baltimore Co | 7200 Sollers Point Rd | Baltimore | Maryland 21222 | 410 – 282 – 6700
Workforce and Tech Ctr | 301 Argonne Dr | Baltimore | Maryland 21218 | 410 – 554 – 9100
Bel Air
Harford Comm Coll. | 401 Thomas Run Road | Bel Air | Maryland 21015 | 443 – 412 – 2000
California
S Maryland Higher Ed Ctr | 44219 Airport Road | California | Maryland 20619 | 301 – 737 – 2500
Catonsville
Comm College of Baltimore Co | 800 S Rolling Road | Catonsville | Maryland 21228 | 410 – 455 – 6050
Cumberland
Allegany Coll. of Maryland | 12401 Willowbrook Rd | Cumberland | MD 21502 | 301 -. 724 – 7700
Hagerstown
Comm College | 11400 Robinwood Dr | Hagerstown | Maryland 21742 | 301 – 790 – 2800
North East
Cecil Comm College | 1000 N East Rd | North East | MD 21901 | 410 – 287 – 0458
Riverdale
Parkdale H.S. | 6001 Good Luck Road | Riverdale | MD 20737 | 301 – 513 – 5700
Rockville
Montgomery Coll | 51 Manakee St | Rockville | MD 20850 | 240 – 567 – 5000
Rosedale
Comm Coll of Baltimore Co | 7201 Rossville Boulevard | Rosedale | Maryland 21237 | 410 – 682 – 6000
Salisbury
University | 1101 Camden Ave | Salisbury | MD 21801 | 410 – 543 – 6000
Severn
Ctr of Applied Technology North | 800 Stevenson Rd | Severn | MD 21144 | 410 – 969 – 3100
Waldorf
Lifelong Learning Ctr | 12300 Vivian Adams Dr | Waldorf | MD 20601 | 301 – 753 – 1774
Westminster
Carroll Comm. Coll. (A132) | 1601 Washington Rd | Westminster | MD 21157 | 410 – 386 – 8630
Wye Mills
Chesapeake Coll | Rte 50 at 213 | Wye Mills | MD 21679 | 410 – 822 – 5400

Maryland State Department of Education, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Questions, call the Maryland state office: 410 – 767 – 0538

Are adjustments required? This is the link to our contact page.

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Who can take the GED?

The GED program is not for everyone. You cannot have a high school diploma and cannot be registered for a school program. Please contact a GED prep center close to you to discover if you qualify and to learn all about other regulations. On this website, you can also find quite a few articles that contain relevant information.

GED passing score

In January 2014, the new GED program was rolled out across America, and the passing score was set at 150 on a 100-200 scale. It appeared that GED graduates were outperforming their high school peers increasingly and that the bar was raised too high initially. So in early 2016, it was decided that the passing needed to be lowered from 150 to 145.
100-144: Below Passing Score
145-164: Passing Score (High School Equivalency)
165-174: College Ready Score
175-200: College Ready Pus College Credit Score

How to start

If you have the feeling that you are ready to go on the GED test path, think of the following guidelines to get ahead: Contact a GED preparation site near you and check out if you actually qualify. If you do, learn all details about your GED testing site by signing up to MyGED (at GED.com).

Become fully prepared to take the GED tests. Community bookstores and libraries can also present all kinds of materials, and you will find quite a few locations close to you where GED preparation classes are offered at no cost at all (check the locations above). There are also some good online prep courses. So show up at the GED exam prepared, pass the exam, and get your GED credential.

What is new

The new Maryland GED exam is entirely computer-based. “Digitalization” has made many things of the GED test easier, but you still have to go to a GED testing site for the examination. Registration can be done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Flexible scheduling is available and you have as well the opportunity for testing at your own pace. You can take (and pay for) one of the four modules (sub-tests) at a time. From registration, scores count for two years. Another advantage is that score reports are instantly available except for the language section.

The four GED subtests

Because the new GED exam comes with just a few multiple choice questions and more essay-style answering is required, can an applicant’s writing skills be assessed through all other testing fields. So the new GED exam has four sub-tests on these fields: Reasoning through Language Arts (literacy), Mathematical Reasoning (Math). Science, and Social Studies.

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One GED subtest at a time

No longer is there a need to take the four tests in one session. Within a period of two years, you now need to complete the four subtests (modules).

GED cost in Maryland

In Maryland, the cost for the entire series of four tests is $45.00 ($11.25 per section). For registration and more information go to GED.com. Up to two retests are free of charge.  You must be a resident of Maryland and the test is offered in English and Spanish (except writing) on a computer. Test takers in Maryland MUST take the writing section of Language Arts in English.

Jobs with a GED

If you want to land a well-paying job in Maryland, the best thing to do is investing your time in a great education, and in case you never completed high school, you have an outstanding opportunity to boost your career options and improve our earnings by taking on the GED examination.

Holding the GED credential will result in more money and you will feel more valued as a worker. During the last few years, the state of Maryland saw an annual increase of more than 5,100 jobs in the Health Care and Education sectors, while Financial Services and Business sectors added another 7,200 new jobs to the Maryland employment market.

These new jobs mostly required qualified entry-level workers (HS or GED diploma needed), and this development is continuing, so if  you want to benefit from these new jobs that come with good pay and great benefits, and that definitely will get you a more satisfying way of life, go get your GED diploma as soon as you can. The future will be yours!