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W.Va. Changes its GED Program

June 27, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The General Education Development (GED) test will be offered free to state residents beginning July 1.

While the high school equivalency test and the requirement to take the exam at approved testing sites has not changed, the fees, eligibility requirements, registration process, and even the name of the diploma have been revised under the GED Testing bill passed earlier this year.

To qualify for the free GED testing, candidates must pass the official GED Practice Tests with a minimum score of 410 on each subject area and a total of 2,250. Once these scores are achieved, GED candidates will be issued a free GED testing voucher. GED candidates can then take the practice exam.

If the GED candidate is unable to pass the practice test, free adult basic education classes are located throughout West Virginia to help. These instructors will work with the candidate to meet the individual needs and to improve skills necessary to pass the GED tests.

State Policy 2444.4 also outlines relaxed requirements for dropouts to be admitted to GED testing. The new policy allows shorter waiting periods after withdrawal from an accredited high school prior to taking the GED Tests. Each year more than 1,000 dropouts from 16 to 18 do not acquire their GED diplomas. The new policy eliminates the waiting period for 18-year-olds and requires 16- and 17-year-olds to be withdrawn from school for at least one month before testing. 

The policy will eliminate burdensome documentation regarding employment, enrolling in college, or enlisting in the military for this age group. 

For more information, please contact the West Virginia GED Office at 304-558-6315, the Adult Education Hotline at 1-800-642-2670 or the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.

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