This article lists all GED® prep class locations and testing sites in the Virginia Beach area.
Virginia uses the entirely computerized GED exam for its HSE (high school equivalency) testing program.
The GED is for adults who quit high school without a diploma and gives them another chance to earn an equivalent degree.
The GED exam comes with four individual subtests in Math, Literacy, Social Studies, and Science.
You don’t need to take all four tests in one take. You can prepare for one or more subtests at a time but completion must occur within two years.
Virginia Beach GED prep classes
Virginia Beach Adult Learning Center
4160 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452, Ph: (757) 648-6050
Commonwealth ChalleNGe Camp Pendleton
203 Red Horse Dr, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451, Phone: (757) 491-5932 ext. 225/226
Virginia Beach Adult Education
5100 Cleveland Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, Phone: (757) 648.6050
Hampton Roads Youth Career Center (Opportunity Inc.)
4554 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Suite 990, Virginia Beach, VA 23452, Phone: (757) 233.8686
The Learning Resource Center
909 First Colonial Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, Phone: (757) 428.3367
Bryant and Stratton College
301 Centre Pointe Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23462, Phone (757) 499.7900
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Locations around Virginia Beach (cities by alphabet)
Literacy Council of Eastern Shore
36076 Lankford Highway, Belle Haven, VA 23306, Phone: (757) 442.6637
Chesapeake Publ. Schools Adult Ed.
369 Battlefield Blvd S, Chesapeake, Virginia 23322, Ph: (757) 482-5680
For all Chesapeake prep facilities go to this page
Eastern Shore Community College
29300 Lankford Highway, Melfa, VA 23410, Phone: (757) 789.1793
Virginia-Eastern Shore Literacy Council
29300 Lankford Highway, Melfa, VA 23410, Phone: (757) 789.1761
Project Light Main Office
501 W 35th Street, Norfolk, VA 23508, Phone: (757) 624.1764
For all GED prep classes in the Norfolk region visit Norfolk GED Programs
VEC (Virginia Employment Commission – ESCC)
25036 Lankford Hwy, Onley, Virginia 23418, Phone: (757) 789.1761
Virginia Beach area GED testing centers
Virginia Beach Publ. Schools
4160 Virginia Bch Blvd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452, Ph: (757) 648-6050
Chesapeake Publ. Schools
369 South Battlefield Boulevard, Chesapeake, Virginia 23322, Ph: (757) 482-5680
Eastern Shore Community Coll. GED Testing
29300 Lankford Highway, Melfa, Virginia 23410, Ph: (757) 789.1794
Norfolk Publ. Schools
1330 North Military Hwy, Norfolk, Virginia 23502, Phone: (757) 892-3389
Who is the GED for?
The GED (General Education Development) program gives adults who have never finished high school the chance to obtain a credential that is considered equivalent to a high school diploma. The GED diploma or certificate allows for job improvement and access to a college education. It will definitely improve people’s lives. Across North America, the GED diploma is recognized as equivalent to a high school diploma.
The certification that you get after completing the new computer formatted Virginia GED test is recognized and accepted by government organizations, businesses, and colleges and universities all across the U.S. The GED exam focuses on elementary topics that students learn in high school and subjects addressed in GED preparation programs are the same as topics of the GED exam: language arts (reading and writing), math, science, and social studies.
Can I take the GED online?
No, you can’t. The GED exam is not offered online. You need to appear at an official GED testing site if you want to get hold of your GED diploma. Online studying for the GED tests is a great option and ideal for students in remote areas, but there is no such thing as an internet-based GED exam.
The GED diploma will surely improve job options and allows for a college education. Online GED testing is NOT possible. You need to come to an official, state-approved testing site to take four subtests in person.
The GED is accepted just like a high school diploma so you qualify for many jobs. File clerks, receptionists, and secretaries are required in all industries and job fields. Moreover, most fields also require computer advisers and troubleshooters, salespeople, and marketing specialists. So getting a job like this is indeed a great way to help you gain the required experience to move up in the specific job industry.
An important aspect to remember about making a career change is that you should look for a job that fits well with you and your personality. Look for a job that is interesting to you, and which you will look forward to going to instead of dreading going to work. You will also require additional education or training for most jobs.
The GED program allows adults who don’t have a high school diploma earn a credential that is equivalent to a high school degree. There is NO online GED testing. Preparation via the internet can be a great option, especially for students in remote areas, but the actual tests have to be taken at specific testing centers. Websites expressing a different story are fraudulent. Their so-called diplomas have no value and will not be accepted by employers or schools.
How to get into your dream college
The GED diploma will get you into college if you wish. But how do you get into the college of your dreams? Ever had a crush only to find out the other person liked you back the whole time? Make sure they know it! Colleges need to know you are interested before you submit the application. This is called “demonstrated interest.”
Demonstrated interest is currently ranked above interviews and class rank by most schools in determining which students to admit. The following steps will show your dream school you care and set the stage for a great relationship!
- Email admissions to request more information.
- Attend a college fair or college visit and introduce yourself to the rep.
- Schedule a visit to the school and attend the tour and info session.
- Put it in the application. Tell them they are your top choice, and back it up with reasons. It will be helpful to cite one or more of the following:
- Your specific experiences on campus
- Highlights of a conversation with a current student (give the student’s name and graduating class if possible).
- Highlights of a conversation with an admissions rep (give the rep’s name if possible).
Be Facebook Smart
We love Facebook. It has revolutionized the way we keep in touch with our friends and family, follow our favorite companies and celebrities, and learn about the greatest parties and events. And with apps like Acceptly, Facebook even gives you access to maximizing your preparation for college!
But keep in mind, Facebook also allows your future colleges to get a peek into your personal life. An increasing number of colleges are using Facebook as a tool for researching college applicants. In fact, according to US News and World Reports, over 80% of colleges use Facebook to connect with, recruit, and research potential students. And it doesn’t stop with colleges. Employers for future jobs and internships are using Facebook to pre-screen applicants.
So let’s keep Facebook working for us, not against us, by following these tips to being “Facebook Smart”:
- Only post content and pictures you would be willing to show college admissions, your grandma, your boss, or your high school principal.
- Set your profile settings to private!
- Never post anything inappropriate, illegal, or derogatory.
- Only accept friend requests from people you know and trust.
- Remember above all, your Facebook is a representation of you. By posting content to the Internet, you may be giving up some of your privacy and ownership of that content. And that content doesn’t go away. Make smart choices today to lead to your success down the road.
Choosing a College
As you plan for college, one of the most exciting parts is choosing your list of colleges. You might be wondering how to choose your best fit colleges. Many students run to college rankings. While these lists are fun, I don’t think it was a huge surprise that Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, Penn, and Duke all ranked in the top 10. And let’s be realistic, with these schools accepting between 6-11% of applicants, the competition is pretty fierce.
So check out these tips for choosing your best colleges:
1. Look for a good academic fit.
Be realistic about the schools you are targeting. Remember, grades and test scores hold substantial weight in admissions decisions. While it is healthy to have a few reach schools, you want to focus on building a list of colleges that accept students with GPA’s and test scores similar to yours. The closer you are to a school’s average admitted student, the higher your chances of getting accepted. And the higher your chances of getting scholarship money!
2. Look for a good social fit.
Each college offers a unique social scene. College isn’t just about going to class. It is also about meeting new people and trying new things. But everyone has a different definition of a “fun” social life. Figure out where you will do the best socially and look for colleges that offer what you need. Greek life? Adventure clubs? Honors dorms? It is all out there.
3. Look for the right location.
Going to college often means moving to a new place. Think about where you want to be. There are colleges in all types of locations. From rural areas to tiny towns, to suburbs, to large cities. Think about the environment where you will be happy. Also, think about the weather. As a student, you will live at school during the winter. Many students visit a campus during the spring or summer but forget to consider what the weather is like from September-February.
4. Focus on opportunities, not names.
Always pick schools based on the personal opportunities available, not the name. College is what you make of it. Graduate programs and future employers are far more interested in your academic performance and experiences during college than the name on your degree. It is easy to get focused on the names of schools. But remember, some of the wealthiest, most successful Americans graduated from schools that you have never even heard of.