2014 Rhode Island

Use the links below to find out about your local testing center rules and requirements. If you’re still looking for information, visit your state’s GED® testing program website to learn more, or go back to the main map.

 

State Requirements

Price & Payment

Registration & Scheduling

Test Scores

Retake Policies

GED® Test Credential

Different Languages

 

State Requirements (top)

How old do I need to be to take the test (without exceptions)?

In Rhode Island, the minimum age required to take the GED® test is 18 years old.   

I’m underage. What do I need to do to take the test?

This rule changes based on which state you’re testing in. In Rhode Island, you can be 16 or 17 and take the GED® test if you meet the following exception:

  • 17 years of age and not enrolled in secondary school, and has received special permission to test from the Chief Examiner of the testing center to which application is made, or;
  • 16 years of age and not enrolled in secondary school for at least six months and has received permission to test from the Commissioner of Education or designee.

You must provide either a withdrawal letter or an Alternative Learning Plan before being allowed to test.

Do I need to take a class or receive instruction before I can take the test?

No, Rhode Island doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom. However, studying in a classroom setting is a good opportunity to get up to speed on the topics and areas you’ll find on the GED® test. 

Where can I find an adult education center?

Finding an adult education center is easy. Enter your ZIP code in our locator tool and we’ll show you the adult education centers closest to you.

Do I have to take the practice test before testing?

In Rhode Island you’re not required to take the Official GED Practice Test™ before scheduling your test.

Do I need to prove I’m a resident of Rhode Island to take the test?

Yes, in Rhode Island you’re required to be a resident. You can prove your residency at the testing center with a valid driver’s license or other proof of residency.

If you have more questions about proof of residency, please contact the state office at (401) 222-8948.

The closest testing center is in a different state.  Can I take the exam there?

Some states allow people who don’t live there to take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that you’re interested to test in.

For Rhode Island: Sorry, Rhode Island doesn’t allow people to take the test there unless they can prove residency.

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

Rhode Island charges $30 per module for the  GED® test.

 

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
  • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test)
  • States and testing centers can choose to waive their fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

Registration & Scheduling (top)

Can I take all of the parts at once or do I need to setup different appointment times?

Yes, in Rhode Island you can take all test parts in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

What happens if I move to a different state in the middle of testing? Can I continue testing in my new state or do I have to start all over?

It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement.  Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator™ in that state with questions.

For Rhode Island:  In Rhode Island you're required to be a resident to take a test there. 

Once I start testing, is there a time limit for me to finish all four subjects before my scores begin to expire?

This depends on the state you’re testing in. In Rhode Island the 2014 GED® test scores will be valid during the period that the test series is in use. 

Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

You need to score a 145 on each module and 580 on the entire test battery (all four parts combined).

  • Below Passing: 100-144
  • GED® Passing Score: 145-164
  • GED® College Ready: 165-174
  • GED® College Ready + Credit: 175-200

Retake Policies (top)

If I don’t pass, how long do I have to wait before taking the test again?

In Rhode Island, there is no waiting period if you do not pass a subject area test the first time. After taking a test subject 3 times, you'll have to wait 60 days before retesting. There's no limit to how many times you can test in a year. 

Retake rules are enforced for students retesting in different languages. For example, if you take an English test three times, then move to a Spanish test, the GED Testing Service 60-day wait period is enforced. If a state has additional retesting requirements, these requirements will also be enforced.

Questions? Call Rhode Island’s state office at (401) 222-8948.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
  • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test)
  • States and testing centers can choose to waive their fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

Why can’t I re-test the subject that I failed?

Some states require people to finish taking all four subjects before being allowed to re-test in the areas that weren’t passed.

In Rhode Island, you’re not required to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subjects.

Questions? Feel free to call Rhode Island’s state office at (401) 222-8948.

GED® Test Credential (top)

I took and passed the test but the jurisdiction won’t issue my diploma. Can you help me?

Rhode Island State GED® Program Testing has partnered with GED Testing Service for fulfillment of requests for GED® transcripts and diplomas.

A Test-taker who passes the GED® test will automatically receive one free electronic diploma, one free electronic transcript. You must take action to receive one free printed diploma

Electronic Diploma and Transcript
The electronic diploma and transcript download links will be e-mailed to the e-mail address associated with your MyGED® account once you have passed all the tests and earned your diploma. Make sure to download your electronic documents right away since the links are only available for a limited time. Follow the instructions provided in the e-mail. These PDF documents are very valuable since they can be forwarded to employers and colleges that accept electronic credentials. The PDF documents are verified by GED Testing Service/Parchment each time they are opened using Blue Ribbon Security. The blue ribbon symbol displayed in the PDF is assurance that the digital credential is valid, the document is authentic, and the contents of the credential have not been altered.

Printed Diploma
The printed diploma can be ordered in your MyGED® account at GED.com. In your MyGED® account navigate to My Scores and select the Order Duplicates link. Select Diploma option and then select the Printed Diploma – Free option. You will then be asked who and what address you want the diploma to be mailed to. The free diploma link will only be available until it has been used; it can only be used one time. Carefully follow the instructions presented during the ordering process.

Why do I need to work with my jurisdiction? Can’t I just get the diploma from you?

For diplomas earned on or after January 1, 2014:
Duplicate credential requests can be made by logging in to your MyGED® account at GED.com. Use the login at the top right of the page. Select the My Scores tab and click the Order Duplicates button on the Scores page.

For diplomas earned prior to January 1, 2014:
You will request your credentials from GED Credentialing™ here.

After I start taking the exam modules, how much time do I have to complete all of them to get credentialed?

This depends on the state you’re testing in. In Rhode Island you have the duration that the 2014 GED® test series is in use.

I want to order a copy of my transcript and/or diploma.

For diplomas earned on or after January 1, 2014:
Duplicate credential requests can be made by logging in to your MyGED® account at GED.com. Use the login at the top right of the page. Select the My Scores tab and click the Order Duplicates button on the Scores page.

For diplomas earned prior to January 1, 2014:
You will request your credentials from GED Credentialing™ here.

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In Rhode Island the credential is called the Rhode Island High School Equivalency Diploma.


GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

Yes, in Rhode Island you can take the GED® test in Spanish.

Questions? Please contact Rhode Island’s state office at (401) 222-8948.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

No, you can’t take the French version of the GED® test in Rhode Island.

Am I allowed to combine different language versions of the test together?

Yes, Rhode Island residents are allowed to combine different language versions of the GED® test to earn their credential.

Questions? Please contact Rhode Island’s state office at (401) 222-8948.

Does Rhode Island have requirements for English as a Second Language (ESL)?

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction can help any non-native English speaker, but there aren’t any requirements for ESL classes in Rhode Island.