Virginia is using the latest version of the GED® exam to measure its residents’ knowledge and skills in relation to high school equivalency testing. This offers a fighting chance at a great job with good wages. You can find lots of GED prep classes in Virginia that will help you become well prepared for the new computer-based GED exam.
The adjusted GED passing score
The GED is for many adults the second chance to obtain a diploma that compares to a regular high school diploma. When the latest edition of the GED exam was introduced in January 2014, the passing score was set at a 150-point level on a scale that runs from 100 to 200. This was adjusted to 145 points in early 2016, as studies had shown it was too high. Read all about it here.
Better career possibilities
In the US there are nearly 40 million people who didn’t complete their regular high school track, and taking the GED exam successfully will lead to better employment possibilities and unlock doors to colleges and universities. Check also our post on how to sign up for the GED tests at MyGED.
The new GED exam consists of four individual tests on these subject areas: Literacy or Language Arts (reading and writing combined), Science, Social Studies, and Math. The four subtests can be taken separately with a 2-year time frame. Successful test takers are awarded the Virginia GED diploma. Preparation is key, and listed here are all sites where prep classes are available. Click on your nearest city for all options.
GED prep classes in and around (click on the city closest to you):
GED – Virginia qualification requirements
- You are at least 18 years old. For 16 and 17-year-olds restrictions apply. Contact your nearest testing site
- Fee: $120 ($30 per test) – Retesting is $30 per test
- There is no need to be a Virginia resident
- You don’t need to first take a GED Practice Test
- You don’t have a high school degree and you don’t follow another school program
Virginia GED testing sites
Alexandria Publ. Schools – 25 S Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-461-4197
Amherst County Public School – 153 Washington St, Amherst, VA 24521, 434-528-6494
Arlington Public Schools – 2801 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, 703-228-7220
Loudoun County Public Schools – 43711 Partlow Rd, Ashburn, VA 20147, 571-252-2119
Charlotte Court House
Charlotte Co. Altern. Education – 515 Thomas Jefferson Hwy, Charlotte Court House, VA 23923, 434-542-4394
Chesapeake Schools – 369 S Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23322, 757-482-5680
Chesterfield Technical Center – 10101 Courthouse Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832, 804-768-6140
Montgomery Co. Public Schools – 200 Junkin Street, Christiansburg, Virginia 24073, 540.381.6166
Henry County School Board Office – 3300 King Mountain Rd, Collinsville, VA 24078, 276-634-4751
Alleghany County Public Schools – 105 E. Country Club Ln, Covington, VA 24426, 540-862-1308
New River Valley Community College – 5251 College Dr, Dublin, VA 24084, 540-674-3600
Fairfax County Public Schools – 4105 Whitacre Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032, 703-503-6441
Highland Belle Alternative Education – 20 Fairfield Rd, Fairfield, VA 24435, 540-348-6375
Prince Edward County Schools – 35 Eagle Dr, Farmville, VA 23901, 434-315-2140
Germanna Community College – 10000 Germanna Point Dr, Fredericksburg, VA 22408, 540-834-1035
County Center – 2938 I River Rd W, Goochland, VA 23063, 804-556-5610
Halifax County Public Schools 1030 Mary Bethune St, Halifax, VA 24558, 434-476-3123
Hampton Adult Education Center – 1300 Thomas St, Hampton, VA 23669, 757-727-1326
Massanutten Tech Center – 325 Pleasant Valley Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, 540-434-5962
Henrico County Ad. Education Ctr – 201 E 9 Mile Rd, Highland Springs, VA 23075, 804-328-4095
Old Dominion University Testing Center – 200 Daniel Rd, Keysville, VA 23947, 434-736-2048
Middle Peninsula RACE – 18550 King William Rd, King William, VA 23086, 804-769-1151
Lynchburg City Public Schools – 1200-1208 Polk St, Lynchburg, VA 24504, 434-522-3742
Joseph B. Johnson Learning Ctr – 9051 Tudor Le, Manassas, VA 20110, 571-377-7250
New Direction – 8886 Rixlew Le, Manassas, VA 20109, 703-393-7261
Prince William County Public Schools – 14800 Joplin Rd, Manassas, VA 20112, 703-791-7357
Louisa County Public Schools – 1009 Davis Hwy, Mineral, VA 23117, 540-894-5457
Newport News Cont. Education – 4600 Huntington Ave, Newport News, VA 23607, 757-928-6765
Norfolk Publ. Schools – 1330 North Military Highway, Norfolk, Virginia 23502, 757.892.3389
Petersburg Public Schools – 3101 Johnson Rd, Petersburg, VA 23805, 804-862-7022
Portsmouth City Public Schools – 2801 Turnpike Rd, Portsmouth, VA 23707, 757-393-8822
Southside Ad. & Continuing Education – 6610 Commons Dr, Ste 101, Pr. George, VA 23875, 804-733-2670
Richmond City Public Schools – 119 W Leigh St, Richmond, VA 23220, 804-780-8311
Roanoke City Schools – 250 Reserve Ave, Roanoke, VA 24016, 540-853-2151
Regional Literacy – 25 Bernard Rd, Rocky Mount, VA 24151, 540-484-1281
Roanoke Co. Adult Ed – 1760 Boulevard, Salem, Virginia 24153, 540.562.3422
ANU (American Nat’l University) – 1813 East Main Street, Salem, Virginia 24153, 540.853.2151
Patrick Co. Adult Ed – 108 West Blue Ridge Street, Stuart, Virginia 24171, 276.694.6542
P.D. Pruden Tech – 4169 Pruden Boulevard, Suffolk, Virginia 23434, 757.925.5651
Virginia Beach Public Schools – 4160 Virginia Bch Blvd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452, 757.648.6050
Thorpe House Adult Education Center – 775 Waterloo Rd, Warrenton, VA 22186, 540-347-4372
York County Adult Education – 302 Dare Rd, Yorktown, VA 23692, 757-833-2259
Questions? Call the Virginia state office at: 804-371-2333
GED – what is new
The new GED exam offers you much more than just a set of four tests. Go to GED.com and create your account with MyGED. This is your online portal where you register and schedule your tests. This is the place where you pay for your tests, check your scores. Here you can also get lots of information about not only the GED exam but also the job market and colleges and universities.
The four GED subtests
The GED exam was updated entirely to ensure it would be assessing what high school students know upon graduation and to make sure colleges and employers will get what they expect. The new exam (rolled out in January 2014) consists of four sub-tests on these subject areas: Science (90 minutes), Social Studies (90 minutes), Language Arts (150 minutes including a 10-minute break), and Math (115 minutes). The GED exam is available in English and Spanish.
The new GED exam has become pretty challenging, so preparation has become more important than ever before. Proper study material is available at your community library or the local bookstore. There are also some pretty good free online courses available and if you go to GED.com you’ll also get lots of great information.
Online GED testing?
No, there is NO online GED testing. The four GED tests must be taken in person at an official testing center. There are more and more internet sites that tell you something different, but beware: these sites are false, and only want your money. The documents they issue are worthless and will not be recognized by employers and schools. The best method to be certain you will get your GED diploma is to get properly prepared. By the time that you think you are ready to sit for the exam, you can very well take one of this website’s free practice tests.