This article includes an overview of all GED® prep sites and testing centers in the Rockville region.
To obtain your HSE (high school equivalency) degree in Maryland, you’ll need to pass the GED exam.
The GED is geared towards adults without a high school diploma and gives them the chance to earn an equivalent degree.
The tests are at a level that compares to that of graduating high school seniors.
There are four separate GED subtests (or modules) in Science, Literacy, Math, and Social Studies.
These subtests may be taken separately and your scores will count for two years from your first registration.
Rockville GED prep sites
51 Mannakee Street – Rockville – MD 20850 – Phone: (240) 567.5188
Literacy Council of Montgomery County
21 Maryland Avenue – Suite 320 – Rockville – MD 20850 – Phone: (301) 610.0030
Located in the Rockville Memorial Library
15400 Calhoun Drive – Suite 400 – Rockville – MD 20855 – Phone: (301) 294.5260
Goodwill of Rockville
15810 Indianola Drive – Rockville – MD 20855 – Phone: 800-GOODWILL
Family Discovery Center (FDC)
451 Hungerford Drive – Suite 700 – Rockville – MD 20850 – Phone: (301) 424.2989
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Prep facilities around Rockville (cities by alphabet)
Greentree Shelter (National Ctr For Children & Families)
6301 Greentree Road – Bethesda – MD 20817 – Phone: (301) 365.4480
Quince Orchard High (Montgomery College)
15800 Quince Orchard Road – Gaithersburg – MD 20878 – Phone: (240) 567.8950
See all Gaithersburg prep locations here
Samaritan Ministry (NW DC location)
1516 Hamilton Street NW – Washington – DC 20011 – Phone: (202) 722.2280
For all Washington DC options click here
11160 Veirs Mill Road – Wheaton – MD 20902 – Phone: (240) 567.8950
More Wheaton prep sites are found here
Rockville area GED testing sites
Montgomery Coll. GED testing
51 Mannakee Street – Rockville – MD 20850 – Phone: (240) 567.5000
410 Eighth Street NW (Ste 6-601) – Washington – D.C. 20004 – Phone: (202) 274-7174
Passing score adjustment
To learn more about the adjusted passing score (that was brought back from 150 to 145 in March 2016) go to this GED Scoring News page. Studies indicated that the passing norm for each GED subtest was set a bit too high compared to what high school grads must command. Here’s also a link to all US GED programs and test centers. In Maryland, the GED will set you back just $45 for the entire exam as the state subsidizes GED testing. Testing is therefore only available to state residents.
The four GED tests
The GED (General Educational Development) test has drastically reduced the number of multiple-choice questions and you need to answer the questions more in an essay style. There are four separate tests that you can take individually within a 2-year time frame, and the tests are in the academic fields of Literacy (Reasoning through Language Arts); Math (Mathematical Reasoning); Science; and Social Studies. Not only the format changed. The new GED is entirely in line with the Common Core Educational Standards that have been implemented by most states. If you want to see if you qualify for the GED exam, check out GED testing requirements in Maryland.
One GED test at a time
The GED is now modular, meaning that you now can take, and also pay for, the four tests one by one at the moment you feel sufficiently prepared. No longer do you need to sit for the entire GED battery in one take of e few days, and your scores will be valid for a two-year period from the time of your first registration.
All across America is the GED credential recognized and accepted just like a regular high school diploma by employers, institutions of higher education, and government agencies. Not having a high school diploma can have many causes and the GED track offers a great and important way to receive a diploma that can be used in the same way. The GED testing criteria are set in a way that 40 percent of high school graduates would not pass the test.
Types of College Admissions Tests
There are many different tests available that students can take if they want to get ready for college. To get into a university, college, or any other school of higher learning, you first will need to earn your high school degree. We help you find the college test you want to take and help in your search for your preferred college and admissions process. Let’s take a look at some options that will help you get all set to continue your academic education in college or university. In another post, we’ll discuss the SAT and ACT exams, but here we take a closer look at a few other options.
General Education Development Test (GED®)
The General Education Development Test (GED) is a set of four independent tests (modules) on high school subject areas and is the equivalency to a regular high school degree. Only adults who don’t have a secondary education degree can take the test. The GED certificate or diploma is accepted at practically all colleges and universities, so you can use your GED for college admission or online degrees.
Bear in mind, however, that although a GED is technically equivalent to a standard high school diploma, an official high school diploma offers you better chances to get accepted at some top universities and colleges.
The cost to take GED tests varies by state. There are states that don’t charge anything (to be exact, four in total), but most states do, and the fee may vary depending on the state. For details, contact a GED testing center near your home and check prices and testing dates. The GED is entirely computer-formatted and registration must be done online at GED.com.
In America, there are also two alternatives available the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) and the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test). These options contain five subject tests and are (in most states) offered in a paper-based and computerized version, and are slightly cheaper than the GED.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is actually an international 2-year high school program for students in the age group 16 – 19. This program is broadly recognized and accepted by universities and colleges all across the world because of the challenging curriculum it comes with, which is a great help to get students all set for university majors and a successful career. The IB program will be a great help to broaden your college options because generally, colleges give considerable weight to this academic achievement when they evaluating students during their admissions procedures. In addition, many schools award advanced placement and college credit for high scores on the IB exam completed in high school.
Only IB World Schools can offer the IB Diploma Program. If you want to find an IB World School in your region, please visit the IB website.
Advanced Placement (AP)
Advanced Placement (AP) tests can be taken in high school and will result in advanced placement and college credit in universities and colleges. The AP program is available at practically all high schools in the U.S. You may consult with the AP coordinator or talk to one of your teachers about how you can enroll in the program, and it’s really worth to take a few more advanced classes because students who signed up for an AP program are usually better prepared for a university or college education as they have already been part of college-level classes during their high school years.
There are over 30 AP courses and exams, that cost $93. The tests are scored on a scale one and are given in May.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is comprised of 33 exams that test your knowledge and skills at college-level and can award college credits. This knowledge you have may come from independent study, coursework, homeschooling, travels, international education, career, or military service schools.
The CLEP tests cost $80 and take generally 90 minutes each. The tests are predominantly multiple-choice exams that are scored on a 20 – 80 scale. Most schools award credit for scores higher than 50 – 60, though awarding scores may vary from school to school, and from test to test. The CLEP tests are offered at testing centers at more than 1,800 colleges and universities all across the U.S. and abroad, and are accepted by some 2,900 institutions of higher learning.