In DC, students who want to earn their GED® diploma can take the four GED subtests online or in-person at a designated GED testing center.
Washington DC uses the GED exam for its HSE (high school equivalency) testing program. Posted here are all GED prep locations and test centers in the Washington DC area.
HSE testing offers adults who quit high school prematurely the opportunity to earn a credential that’s equivalent to a common high school diploma.
The GED exam contains four individual subtests (modules). The academic subject fields are English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
There’s no need to take all four GED subtests in one session. You have the liberty to take the four modules one at a time.
The GED exam is fully computer-based and scores on a scale that goes from 100 to 200. To pass, you must attain at least a result of 145 on each subtest.
The GED test assesses knowledge at a level comparable to that of high school seniors upon graduation.
Washington DC, like just a small number of states, subsidizes GED testing. Students pay only $3.75 for each subtest or $15 for the entire battery.
DC GED testing requirements
In the District of Columbia, GED applicants must be at least 18 years of age. 16 and 17-year-old applicants may also qualify, however, if the meet some additional strict requirements. Please contact a GED testing site or a major prep facility near you to learn about the details.
Underage GED testers must, for example, submit a parental consent letter and have been officially out of school for at least six months.
In D.C., GED testing is only open to residents as the GED is heavily subsidized.
Attending a prep course is not required but taking the official GED Ready® practice test is. Test-takers must score in the “Likely to Pass” or “Too Close to Call” range before they’re allowed to sit for the official GED test.
GED testers cannot be high school graduates and not be signed up for any other educational program.
The D.C. GED testing fee is $3.75 per subtest or $15 for the entire GED battery (read more below).
Washington DC GED prep classes (by ZIP)
Adult Literacy Resource Center-M.L. King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St NW, Rm 300, Washington, DC 20001, Ph: 202-727-1616
Meyer Elementary School
11th St & Clifton St NW, Washington, DC 20001, Ph: 202-673-7259
Catholic Charities Adult Education Program
924 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001, Ph: 202-772-4326
Perry School Community Services Center
128 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, Ph: 202-312-7154
Calvary Women’s Services
928 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, Ph: 202-783-6651
Central Union Mission
65 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, Ph: 202-745-7118
Congress Heights Community Education
715 I Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, Ph: 202-484-1264
Notre Dame Education Center
330 21st St NE, Washington, DC 20002, Ph: 202-388-5027
Anacostia Community Outreach Center (Youth & Adult Education & Training Ctr)
707 24th St NE, B-Level, Washington, DC 20002, Ph: 202-889-5607
CEET (Center for Empowerment and Employment Training)
600 W Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, Ph: 202-832-4070
Sasha Bruce YouthBuild
9355 Maryland Ave NE, Washington DC 20002, Ph: 202-675-9355
Carlos Rosario Charter School-Sonia Gutierrez Campus
514 V Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, Ph: 202-797-4700 ext. 130
212 E Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 20003, Ph: 202-562-2636
Paxen Learning Center-Washington
2001 E Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, Ph: 321-615-4636
American Community Partnerships
727 15th St NW Suite 350, Washington, DC 20005, Ph: 202-639-8811
Concerned Black Men National
1313 L St NW, Suite 111, Washington, DC 20005, Ph: 202-783-6119
Washington Literacy Center
1816 12th St NW, Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20009, Ph: 202-387-9029
Booker T. Washington Public Charter School for Technical Arts
1346 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009, Ph: 202-232-6090 x 511
1623 16Th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, Phone: 202-462-4092
LAYC CA (Latin American Youth Center Career Academy)
3047 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, Ph: 202-319-2228
Carlos Rosario Int’l Public Charter School-Harvard Campus
1100 Harvard St NW, Washington, DC 20009, Ph: 202-797-4700 ext. 130
Columbia Heights YouthBuild
1474 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009, Ph: 202-518-0601
Community Of Hope-Education Enrichment Program
1417 Belmont St NW, Washington, DC 20009, Ph: 202-232-9091
YouthBuild Public Charter School
3014 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, Ph: 202-319-0141
Next Step Public Charter School
3047 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, Ph: 202-319-2249
LAYC (Latin American Youth Center) Career Academy
3047 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009, Ph: 202-319-2228
YWCA National Capital Area
2303 14th Street NW (Suite 100), Washington, DC 20009, Ph: 202-626-070
Greater Washington Urban League
3501 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010, Ph: 202-265-8200
CHANGE, Inc. (Saturdays)
1413 Park Rd NW, Washington, DC 20010, Ph: 202-387-3725
Spanish Education Development Center
4110 Kansas Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011, Ph: 202-722-4404
Samaritan Ministry-Northwest DC Office
1516 Hamilton St NW, Washington, DC 20011, Ph: 202-722-2280
UDC Community College-Backus Location Workforce Development
5171 S Dakota Ave NE, Washington, DC 20017, Ph: 202-274-7209
Academy Of Hope (Main Site, Ward 5)
2315 18th Place NE, Washington, DC 20018, Phone: 202-269-6623
UDC Community College-Shadd Location Workforce Development
5601 E Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20019, Ph: 202-274-5617
Maya Angelou Young Adult Learning Center (YALC)
5600 E Capitol Street NE, Washington, DC 20019, Ph: 202-289-8898
Arch Training Center
1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020, Ph: 202-889-5000
Community College Preparatory Academy
2405 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020, Ph: 202-610-5780
Samaritan Ministry-Southeast DC Office
1345 U Street SE, Washington, DC 20020, Ph: 202-889-7702
Anacostia Community Outreach Center (SW Education & Training Ctr)
100 N Street SW, Washington, DC 20024, Ph: 202-889-5607
Community College Preparatory Academy-MC Terrell Campus
3301 Wheeler Road SE, Washington, DC 20032, Ph: 202-770-3252
PR Harris Education Center
4600 Livingston Rd SE, Washington, DC 20032, Ph: 202-274-6999
United Medical Center
1310 Southern Ave SE, Washington, DC 20032, Ph: 202-574-6854
4235 4th St, Washington, DC 20032, Ph: 202-574-3962
3111 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20032, Ph: 202-562-2636
Potomac Job Corps Center
1 DC Village Ln SW, Washington, DC 20032, Ph: 202-574-5000
Covenant House-Washington Work Readiness Education & Training
2001 Mississippi Ave SE, Washington, DC 20032, Ph: 202-610-9600
Academy of Hope-Ward 8 Site
421 Alabama Ave SE, Washington, DC 20032, Ph: 202-373-0246
Catholic University-Metropolitan School of Professional Studies
321 Pangborn Hall, Washington, DC 20064, Ph: 202-319-5256
Women In The Trades-Washington
624 9Th St NW, Washington, DC 20425, Ph: 202-626-0700 x 39
Federal Bureau Of Prisons
320 1st St NW, Washington, DC 20534, Ph: 202 -305-3800
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GED prep classes around DC (cities by alphabet)
T.C. Williams Adult High School (Alexandria Public Schools)
3330 King St, Rm A 123, Alexandria, VA 22302, Ph 703-824-6845
For a complete overview of Alexandria GED prep classes visit: Alexandria area GED prep classes
Prince George’s County Public Schools-Community-based Classroom
5150 Annapolis Rd, Bladensburg, MD 20710, Ph: 301-952-6280
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center
44219 Airport Rd, California, MD 20619, Ph: 301-737-2500
American Rescue Workers Washington DC Corps
716 Ritchie Rd, Capitol Heights, MD 20743, Ph: 301-336-6200
United Communities Against Poverty, Inc.
1400 Doewood Ln, Capitol Heights, MD 20731, Ph: 301-322-5700
National Capitol Area Teen Challenge
6900 Central Ave, Capitol Heights, MD 20743, Ph: 240-392-2460
New Life Worship Center
7230 Central Ave, Capitol Heights, MD 20743, Ph: 301-333-2083
Huntingtown Adult Education Center
4105 Old Town Rd, Huntingtown, Maryland 20639, Ph: 410-535-7382
Prince George’s Community College-University Town Center
6505 Belcrest Rd, Hyattsville, Maryland 20782, Ph: 301-546-0891
Northwestern High School (PGCC)
7000 Adelphi Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20782, Ph: 301-546-0891
Hyattsville Library (PGCC)
6530 Adelphi Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20782, Ph: 301-546‐0891
Even Start-Family Literacy
8908 Riggs Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20782, Ph: 301-431-6220
Latin American Youth Center at Langley Park
7411 Riggs Rd, Suite 418, Hyattsville, MD 20783, Ph: 301-431-3121
Landover Sports and Learning Complex (PGCC)
8001 Sheriff Rd, Landover, MD 20785, Ph: 301-546-0891
Prince George’s Community College GED Classes
301 Largo Rd, Largo, MD 20774, Ph: 301-546-0891
The James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center
23160 Moakley Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650, Phone: 301-475-0213
Manassas Adult Education
14800 Joplin Road, Manassas, VA 20112, Phone: 703-791-7357
Discover all Manassas area options on this page
Rockville Goodwill GED Classes
15810 Indianola Drive, Rockville, MD 20855, Phone: 800-GOODWILL
Check out all Rockville area options here
Montgomery College Adult Education
11002 Veirs Mill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Ph: 240-567-8169
For all Silver Spring area options click here
Waldorf Lifelong Learning Center
12300 Vivian Adams Dr, Waldorf, MD 20601, Ph: 301-753-1774
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DC area GED testing centers
District of Columbia GED Testing (1 Judiciary Square, Ste 370N)
441 Fourth St NW, Washington, DC 20001, Phone: 202.481.3950
Insyte GED Test Center
901 N Pitt St (Ste 105), Alexandria, VA 22314, Phone: 703.535.8600
Click here to see all Alexandria test centers
Evergreen Academy GED Testing Ctr
7700 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003, Phone: 703.256.6060
Career Technology Center-Falls Church (Suite 106)
6269 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044, Phone: 703.532.8898
Prince George’s Community Coll (Ctr for Advanced Technology, Rm 129)
301 Largo Road, Largo, MD 20774, Phone 301.546.0702
Fairfax County Adult High School
6815 Edsall Road, Springfield, VA 22151, Phone: 703.658.2767
Montgomery College-Takoma Park/Silver Springs (Test Ctr, Student Service Bldg, Rm 323B)
7625 Fenton Street, Takoma Park, MD 20912, Phone: 240.567.1555
Sinteg Solutions GED Test Ctr
1880 Howard Avenue, Suite 301-A, Vienna, VA 22182, Phone: 703-847-3000
GED price and retests
As said above, Washington DC subsidizes GED testing and testing is only open to residents. The price of the four individual GED subtests is $3.75 each or $15 for the entire battery.
If you don’t pass a subtest, there’ll be a 30-day waiting period in the District of Columbia before you can take that subtest again and this also counts for your second retake. If you need to retake that section for the third time, you’ll have to wait 60 days before you can tray that subject test again.
Your first two retakes per subject field are free of charge but after one year, the regular fees will apply again ($3.75 per individual module).
Free GED online prep in DC
Computer-based GED testing
The latest edition of the GED exam is totally computer-formatted, the paper-based version retired, the level was raised as was the price tag. All these changes have urged several states, including New York, Indiana, Montana, and New Hampshire, to choose alternative providers of their high school equivalency exam. A student should also visit as many job fairs and education or business events as possible to see what’s expected and going on in the job market.
Online GED testing
Sitting for the GED test online is now possible as well. It used to be that for acquiring a GED diploma, your personal appearance at an official D.C. testing site was required. Well, now that has changed as an online version of the GED exam was introduced with an online proctor. If you want to read more, check out the post introducing online proctored GED testing.
For the many people who did not finish high school, there is a possibility to bridge the gap via the General Education Development (GED) program. After completing the GED exam, students will receive the GED diploma or certificate, which is recognized by practically all US employers, government agencies, and colleges and universities as equivalent to a high school diploma.
A few years back, the GED exam was drastically upgraded by GED Testing Service (a joint venture of the American Council on Education – ACE – and Pearson, a leading education assessment developer) to get in line with the generally accepted Common Core education standards and to better reflect industry practices and higher education’s requirements.
The GED exam focuses more on skills that are required in modern-day companies and colleges, such as critical and analytical thinking and computer literacy. By offering better access to GED preparation and testing, adults are offered a major leap forward to earn a secondary credential that can lead to better jobs and post-secondary education. You can schedule one of the four GED subtests at a time.
Registration for the GED test
You need to create your account at the portal MyGED on the website GED.com. Here you can find all sorts of GED-related information and this also the spot for scheduling your tests and making payments. There’s also a ton of information on schools and their academic programs, employment possibilities, and market trends.
Just be sure you’ll be entirely prepared when you sit for the four GED tests. Community bookstores will have lots of preparation material just like your local library and on this website, you can find numerous locations in your area that offer free GED instruction. Just look at the listing above to discover one near you. So prepare well, pass the four GED tests, and get your GED diploma!
For more information:
District of Columbia GED Program Office
The Marion S. Barry, Jr. Building
441 4th Street NW Suite 370 North
Washington, DC 20001
Last Updated on February 3, 2021.