GED In Virginia

Last Updated on April 10, 2024.

Virginia is using the computer-formatted GED test for its high school equivalency testing program. To register for the GED test, candidates need to set up an account on the website GED.com.

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Test-takers can take the four independent GED subtests (modules) online or at one of Virginia’s GED testing sites.

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The GED® offers individuals who couldn’t finish high school the opportunity to earn a credential that is, across North America, recognized as equivalent, both academically and legally, to a conventional high school diploma.

The GED contains four individual subtests that cover the academic subject fields of

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  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts

You can take these four sub-exams one or more at a time and in any order. There’s no need to take the GED battery in one take.

You can find many GED prep classes in Virginia that will help you become well-prepared for the computer-based GED exam.

Virginia GED Testing Requirements

  • In Virginia, GED testers must be at least 16 years of age.
  • For applicants 16 and 17 years old, however, additional strict requirements apply.
  • They must, for instance, hold parental consent and be officially withdrawn from their high schools. Please contact a testing site near you for details.
  • GED testers can not already have a high school or equivalent diploma.
  • GED testers can also not be signed up for another school program.
  • Virginia doesn’t require state residency.
  • In Virginia, GED testers are not required to first attend a prep course or reach passing scores on the GED Ready® practice test. This doesn’t apply to online GED testing.
  • Students enrolled in an Options Program (ISAEP), however, must first take the GED Ready practice tests on all four GED subtests to show proof of academic readiness.

GED Prep Classes in Virginia

You can prepare for the GED test by studying online with lessons and free GED practice tests. You can also choose to attend a traditional GED prep class in your area. Click on your city or a city close to you to discover all the options in your region:

Virginia GED Cost

In Virginia, the full 4-test GED exam costs $144 when taken at a physical testing facility. You can take the four tests one at a time at $36 and in any order. When taken online, the full exam will cost $144 as well (or $36 per individual subtest).

To be eligible to take the GED exam online, however, you need to reach passing scores on the official GED Ready test, available on the website GED.com at $6.99. You need to purchase four GED Ready tests since there are four GED subject tests, so that will set you back $28 additionally, totaling your online GED testing cost to $172.

Virginia GED Testing Sites

Abingdon
Southwest VA Higher Ed. Ctr – 1 Partnership Circle – Abingdon – VA 24210 – (276) 619.4359
Alberta
Southside VA Comm. Coll. – 109 Campus Dr – Alberta – VA 23821 – (434) 949.1090
Alexandria
Alexandria Adult Ed. Center – 1340 Braddock Pl – 7th Fl – Alexandria – VA 23214 – (703) 619.8027
Secureninja – 2034 Eisenhower Ave (Ste 170) – Alexandria – VA 22314 – (703) 535.8600
GED in VirginiaAnnandale
Evergreen Academy – 7700 Little River Tpk – Annandale – VA 22003 – (703) 256.6060
Appalachia
Appalachia Ctr for Workforce & Innovation – 3965 Kent Junction Rd – Appalachia – VA 24216 – (276) 523.2400
Ashburn
Testing-Proctoring Ctr – 44075 Pipeline Plaza (Ste 115 – Ashburn – VA 20147 – (703) 858.7277
Bristol
Bristol Publ. Library – 701 Goode St – Bristol – VA 24201 – (276) 619.4399
Cedar Bluff
Southwest VA Comm. Coll. – 724 Comm. College Rd – Cedar Bluff – VA 24609 – (276) 964.7279
Chantilly
Global Inst. of Technology – 4100 Lafayette Ctr Dr (Ste 115B) – Chantilly – VA 20151 – (703) 310.7133
Charlottesville
Piedmont VA Comm. Coll. – 501 College Dr – Charlottesville – VA 22902 – (434) 961.5250
Chesapeake
Chesapeake Dept. of Adult Ed. – 369 S Battlefield Blvd – Chesapeake – VA 23322 – (757) 482.5680
Chesterfield
Chesterfield Technical Ctr – 10101 Courthouse Rd – Chesterfield – VA 23832 – (804) 768.6140
Christiansburg
New River Comm. Coll. – 782 New River Rd (Ste 400) – Christiansburg – VA 24073 – (540) 674.3652
Montgomery Central MCPS – 208 College St – Christiansburg – VA 24073 – (540) 381.6100
Clintwood
Dickenson Ctr for Ed. & Research – 818 Happy Valley Dr – Clintwood – VA 24228 – (276) 926.4643
Covington
Jackson River Techn. Ctr – 105 E Country Club Ln – Covington – VA 24426 – (540) 862.1308
Culpeper
PRACEP-Culpeper – 318 S West St – Culpeper – VA 22701 – (540) 718.8243
Danville
Danville Adult Ed. Ctr – 1005 N Main St – Danville – VA 24540 – (434) 799.6471
Dinwiddie
Dinwiddie County Ed. Ctr – 12318 Boydton Plank Rd – Dinwiddie – VA 23841 – (804) 733.2670
Dublin
New River Valley Comm. College – 5251 College Dr – Dublin – VA 24084 – (540) 674.3652
Emporia
Southside VA Comm. Coll. – 1300 Greensville Co. Cir – Emporia – VA 23847 – (434) 949.1090
Falls Church
Knowledge Owl GED – 7777 Leesburg Pike – Ste 308S – Falls Church – VA 22043 – (571) 378.1601
Farmville
Prince Edward Co. Schools – 1419 Zion Hill Dr – Farmville – VA 23901 – (434) 315.2140
Fishersville
Valley Career & Technical Ctr – 49 Hornet Rd – Fishersville – VA 22939 – (540) 245.5083
Fredericksburg
Civic Assistance for Ed. – 3329 Bourbon St (Ste A) – Fredericksburg – VA 22408 – Ph: (540) 940.6217
Germanna Comm Coll – 10000 Germanna Point Dr – Fredericksburg – VA 22408 – Ph: (540) 834.1022
Galax
Crossroads Institute – 1117 E Stuart Dr – Galax – VA 24333 – (276) 295.2005
Gate City
Scott County GED Testing  – 1490 Bristol Hwy – Gate City – VA 24251 – (276) 386.2433
Gloucester
Gloucester Co. Schools (@TC Walker Elementary) – 6099 TC Walker Rd – Gloucester – VA 23061 – (804) 693.2526
Grundy
Buchanan Co. Technology & Career Ctr – 1124 Almarine Dr – Grundy – VA 24614 – (276) 935.4541
Hampton
Thomas Nelson Comm. Coll. – 600 Butler Farm Rd (Rm 1015) – Hampton – VA 23666 – (757) 825.4080
Hampton Adult Education – 1646 Briarfield Rd – Hampton – VA 23669 – (757) 727.1327
Harrisonburg
Massanutten Tech Ctr – 325 Pleasant Valley Rd – Harrisonburg – VA 22801 – (540) 434.5962
Henrico
Regency Henrico Co. Schools – 1420 N Parham Rd – Henrico – VA 23229 – (804) 740.5800
Herndon
Fairfax Co. Adult High West – 465 Springpark Pl – Herndon – VA 20170 – (703) 227.2280
Nextec Inc. – 205 Van Buren St (Ste 140) – Herndon – VA 20170 – (703) 464.6250
Highland Springs
Henrico Co. Education Ctr – 201 E 9 Mile Rd – Highland Springs – VA 23075 – (804) 328.4095
Jonesville
Lee Co. GED Testing – 160 Bulldog Circle – Jonesville – VA 24263 – Ph: (276) 386.2433
Kilmarnock
Rappahannock Comm. Coll. – 447 N Main St – Kilmarnock – VA 22482 – (804) 435.8970
Lebanon
Russell Co. Career & Technology Ctr – 308 Career Tech Dr – Lebanon – VA 24266 – (276) 889.5424
Leesburg
Loudoun Co. Public Schools – 715 Childrens Center Rd SW – Leesburg – VA 20175 – (571) 252.2930
Locust Grove
Piedmont Reg. GED Test Ctr – 6368 Flat Run Rd – Locust Grove – VA 22508 – (540) 718.8243
Lynchburg
Amelia Pride Center – 1200-1208 Polk St – Lynchburg – VA 24504 – (434) 515.5160
Liberty University – 1971 University Blvd – Lynchburg – VA 24515 – (434) 592.7820
Manassas
Astar Education Institute – 7928 Donegan Dr – Manassas – VA 20109 – (703) 368-6838
Prince William Co. Schools – 14800 Joplin Rd – Manassas – VA 20112 – (703) 791.7357
Martinsville
Patrick Henry Comm. Coll. – 645 Patriot Ave – Martinsville – VA 24112 – (276) 656.5471
New College Institute – 30 Franklin St – Martinsville – VA 24112 – (276) 403.5610
Melfa
Eastern Shore Comm. Coll. – 29300 Lankford Hwy – Melfa – VA 23410 – (757) 789.1789
Middletown
Laurel Ridge CC (Paul Wolk Library) – 173 Skirmisher Ln – Middletown – VA 22645 – (540) 868.7140
Mineral
Thomas Jefferson Adult Ed. – 815 Davis Hwy – Bldg C – Mineral – VA 23117 – (540) 894.5115
Newport News
Newport News Public Schools – 1241 Gatewood Rd – Newport News – VA 23601 – (757) 928.6765
Centura College-Peninsula – 616 Denbigh Blvd – Newport News – VA 23608 – (757) 874.2121
Norfolk
Norfolk Technical Center – 1330 N Military Hwy – Norfolk – VA 23502 – (757) 892.3389
Norfolk State University – 700 Park Ave – Norfolk – VA 23504 – (757) 823.8600
Old Dominion University – 4427 Hampton Blvd – Norfolk – VA 23529 – (757) 683.6089
Portsmouth
Portsmouth Public Schools – 2801 Turnpike Rd – Portsmouth – VA 23707 – (757) 393.8822
Prince George
Southside Adult/Continuing Ed. – 6600 Commons Dr – Prince George – VA 23875 – (804) 733.2670
Reston
Sunset Learning Institute – 12120 Sunset Hills Rd (Ste 100) – Reston – VA 20190 – (571) 729.1084
TASC Management Corp – 11425 Isaac Newton Sq S (Ste 201) – Reston – VA 20190 – (703) 310.7760
Richmond
Richmond City Public Schools – 119 W Leigh St – Richmond – VA 23220 – (804) 780.8311
Global Inst. of Technology – 1311 High Point Ave – Richmond – VA 23230 – (804) 562.4798
Roanoke
Roanoke Higher Ed. Ctr – 108 N Jefferson St – Roanoke – VA 24016 – (540) 767.6118
South Boston
Southern VA Higher Ed. Ctr – 820 Bruce St – South Boston – VA 24592 – (434) 572.5568
South Riding
Xcel – 24805 Pinebrook Rd – Ste #315 – South Riding – VA 20152 – (571) 367.2617
Springfield
Fairfax Co. Adult High – 6815 Edsall Rd – Springfield – VA 22151 – (703) 658.1260
Sterling
Intellectual Point – 46175 Westlake Dr (Ste 250) – Sterling – VA 20165 – (571) 577.7890
Suffolk
The College & Career Academy @Pruden – 4169 Pruden Blvd – Suffolk – VA 23434 – (757) 925.5651
Tazewell
Tazewell Co. Career & Tech Ctr – 260 Advantage Dr – Tazewell – VA 24651 – (276) 988.2529
Vienna
Sinteg Solutions – 1880 Howard Ave (Ste 301A) – Vienna – VA 22182 – (703) 847.3000
Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach Adult Learning Ctr – 5100 Cleveland St – Virginia Beach – VA 23462 – (757) 648.6050
IntellecTechs – 195 S Rosemont Rd (Se 103) – Virginia Beach – VA 23452 – (757) 962.2487
Infotec – 100 Constitution Dr – Virginia Beach – VA 23462 – (757) 518.9100
Winchester
Lord Fairfax EMS Council – 180 Prosperity Dr – Ste 1 – Winchester – VA 22602 – (540) 665.0014
Wise
Wise Co. GED Test Ctr – 515 Hurricane Rd – Wise – VA 24293 – (276) 386.2433
Woodbridge
TASA Inc. – 2750 Killarney Dr – Ste 104 – Woodbridge – VA 22192 – (571) 285.5490
Wytheville
Wytheville Comm. Coll. – 1000 E Main St – Wytheville – VA 24382 – (276) 223.4823

The Four GED Subtests

The GED exam consists of four subtests in these academic subject areas:

  • Science (90 minutes)
  • Social Studies (70 minutes)
  • Language Arts (150 minutes, including a 10-minute break)
  • Math (115 minutes)

The GED exam is available in English and Spanish, and you can take the four subtests one (or more) at a time and in any preferred order.

GED Retesting

So when taken at a brick-and-mortar test facility or online, the overall price of the GED exam is $144 in Virginia, but as said before, you have the option to sit for (and pay for) each of the subtests (modules) whenever you feel ready to do so. Each subtest costs $36.

If you need to retake a subject test, you can do so twice without any waiting period. If you have to retest for the third time, however, a wait time of at least 60 days applies.

Your first two retakes will set you back just $10 (the fee for the testing center), but they must be taken within one year. After one year, the regular price of $36 per subject test will count again. The above only applies to on-site testing. There are no discounts on the online GED exam.

GED Scoring

The GED modules (subtests) are independent tests that can be taken separately. Scoring is measured on a 100 to 200 scale and is done as follows:

  • Below Passing: 100 – 144
  • High school equivalency: 145 – 164
  • College-ready: 165 – 174
  • College-ready + college credits: 175 – 200
    Students scoring in the last two categories may have admission prerequisites such as SAT or ACT scores waived

How to Prepare for the GED Test

The GED exam is pretty challenging, and preparation is crucial. There are numerous Virginia locations where GED classes are available under the guidance of a teacher. Just select your city or a city near you from the listing above to discover all options.

GED study material is also available from your community library or local bookstore, and these days, there are also some pretty good online courses available, such Onsego GED Prep, an affordable, top-notch GED prep program recognized by GED Testing Service.

Online learning is a fantastic option for students in remote Virginia regions and for students with busy agendas.

If you go to GED.com, you’ll also get lots of great information. The GED exam offers a fighting chance at a great job with good wages, and the certificate also opens the door toward a college education.

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How to Register for the GED Test

The GED exam offers you much more than merely 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 and check your scores. Here, you can also get lots of info about not only the GED exam but also the job market and colleges and universities.

Most good GED programs (on- or offline) offer a number of good study tools to prepare the individual to take the high school equivalency test. Taking practice tests is one of the best ways to prepare for the GED as it gives students a very good idea of which gaps in their knowledge they need to work on before taking the test.

Introducing Online GED Testing

So, GED testing is now also possible via the Internet. In the past, students looking to acquire the GED diploma needed to come to an official Virginia GED testing facility and sit for the subtests in person, but that has changed!

To be eligible for online GED testing, students are required to score in the “green zone” on the GED Ready test. An online proctor will see if everything happens in line with the rules and regulations. Check out the page “Online GED Testing” for more information.

It’s all about YOUR Future

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.

Registration is done online, but you may also contact the staff at a testing site near you to learn more about their services. Check out also if there are some workforce events in your area to learn all about employment opportunities and join an adult education day or evening class that will provide instruction that suits your calendar.

Successful test takers are awarded the Virginia GED diploma. Preparation is key, and listed on this website are all sites where prep classes are available. Click on your nearest city for all options. For many people, the GED is a second chance to obtain a credential that is equivalent to a regular high school diploma and accepted as such by employers and schools.

The GED test is a four-part test that covers the basics that a student would have needed to know in order to receive a high school diploma. For many who take a high school equivalency test, the preparation involves brushing up on skills they once had but may not have used for a while.

The majority of students that leave high school prematurely quit school in their junior or senior year, so they do, in fact, still have a decade of learning under their belt that just needs to be recapped upon.

How will I Benefit from Getting a GED?

The benefits of having a GED are huge, to say the least. Holding a GED means that a student can now carry on to college and increase their career and earnings potential even further. It also means that employers will no longer pass over a candidate just because they did not graduate from high school and take the time to see that, yes, this may be the right person for the job.

The majority of the people who did not graduate from high school do not lack intelligence; they simply encountered difficulties in high school. By earning a high school equivalency diploma, these people get the second chance they always deserved. On average, individuals with a GED make $10K more a year than those without a secondary degree.

For more information:
Virginia Department of Education
High School Equivalency (GED) Office
James Monroe Building
101 N 14th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804.225.3999/804.786.3347

FAQ about GED in Virginia

How to get a GED in Virginia?

Adult learners looking to secure their GED diplomas in Virginia must pass the four computer-based tests of the GED high school equivalency exam. These tests are independent modules that cover Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Language Arts.

What are the Virginia GED testing requirements?

The GED test is for adults who don’t hold a high school degree. Virginia requires applicants to be at least 16 years old. Applicants 16 or 17 are required, however, to meet strict additional requirements. In Virginia, there is no residency requirement, and test-takers don’t have to take a preparatory course or qualification exam prior to taking the GED exam when writing the exam at a testing facility.

What is the GED cost in Virginia?

In Virginia, GED testing will set you back $144 for the full exam (so $36 per subtest) both if you sit for the exam at an official Virginia testing site or online. For online GED testing, you can add to that as well the cost of four GED Ready tests ($28), which brings your overall cost to $172.

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