2014 Virginia

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

Options Program

Different Languages

 

State Requirements (top)

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

In Virginia, 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 Virginia, you can be 16 and take the GED® test if you have the following exception:

A summary of the rules for underage eligibility in categories 1-6 follows:
 
1)  Home Schooled
Applicants under eighteen years of age, but at least sixteen years of age, must provide the GED® examiner with documentation signed by the superintendent/designee certifying that the applicant has completed a home instruction program.
 
2)  Released from Compulsory Attendance
Applicants under eighteen years of age, but at least sixteen years of age, must provide the GED® examiner with documentation signed by the division superintendent/designee certifying that the applicant has been released from compulsory attendance by the local school board.
 
Emancipated and adjudicated minors are subject to the compulsory attendance law, unless released by the local school board.
 
3)  Alternative Education
Students for whom an ISAEP has been granted may take the GED Tests when the division superintendent/designee provides the GED® examiner with the completed GED® Options for Selected Students Enrolled in Secondary Schools GED Testing Authorization Form. ISAEP students must achieve a minimum score of 450 on each of the subtests of the Official GED Practice Test before this form may be submitted.
 
4)  Adult Correctional Facility
Applicants under eighteen years of age, but at least sixteen years of age, must provide the GED® examiner with documentation signed by the Department of Correctional Education that the individual is actively pursuing a GED® certificate.
 
5) Expelled from School
Applicants under eighteen years of age, but at least sixteen years of age, must provide the GED® examiner with documentation signed by the division superintendent/designee certifying that the applicant has been expelled from school.
 
6) Court Ordered
Applicants under eighteen years of age, but at least sixteen years of age, must provide the GED® examiner with documentation signed by the judge ordering the applicant to participate in the GED® testing program.

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

No, Virginia 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?

No, you’re not required to take the Official GED Practice Test™ before taking the test. However, the Official GED Practice Test™ is available at GEDmarketplace.com and is a good measure to see if you’re ready to take the GED® test or not.

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

No, there is no residency requirement to take the test in Virginia.  That means you don’t have to prove you live in that state to take the GED® test there.

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 Virginia: Virginia doesn’t have a residency requirement, so they’ll allow you to take the GED® test there.

 

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

Virginia charges $30 per module for the GED® test.

How much does it cost to re-test? Can I take the retest 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 Virginia 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 Virginia:  In Virginia you’re not required to be a resident to take the test there. 

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

No, there isn’t a time limit to finish the test in Virginia.

However, all incomplete GED® tests must be finished by December 31, 2013, or they will expire. Beginning in 2014 there will be a new version of the GED® test.

 

Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

Virginia test-takers need to score a 150 on each test and 600 on the entire test battery (all four parts combined). 

  • Below Passing: 100-149
  • GED® Passing Score: 150-169
  • GED® Honors Score: 170-200

 

Retake Policies (top)

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

There’s no wait period in Virginia for people who didn’t pass the first time. You can take the test again whenever you’re ready. However, we encourage you receive additional instruction in the classroom or try your hand at a practice test before you re-test. 

How much does it cost to re-test? Can I take the retest 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 Virginia, you’re not required to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subjects.

Questions? Feel free to call Virginia’s state office at (804) 371-2333.

 

GED® Test Credential (top)

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

Sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with your diploma. Have you contacted your local testing center or state administrator yet?

My guess is that there may be additional requirements that you need to meet. You can call your state’s office at (804) 371-2333 to find out more about your credential.

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

GED Testing Service develops the GED® test and works with each state to offer the test. The credential is issued based upon rules of each individual state—most states have slightly different rules and regulations.

Because of the state-by-state differences, GED Testing Service doesn’t issue diplomas. That’s why we encourage you to work closely with your state to get an answer. You can call Virginia’s state office at (804) 371-2333.

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 Virginia you don’t have a time limit to complete the GED® test.

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

Individuals may request duplicate GED® transcripts and certificates. Applicable fees may apply. To make a request, please complete and submit a request form.  (PDF)  |  (Word)

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In Virginia the credential is called the GED® Certificate.

 

Options Program (top)

What is the Options Program?

The Options Program allows students who are currently enrolled in high school to take the GED® test. Not everyone is eligible for the program. The Options Program is only available in a few states and school districts.

For more information call Virginia’s state office at (804) 371-2333.


GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

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

Find a local testing center .

Questions? Please contact Virginia’s state office at (804) 371-2333.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

No, in Virginia you can not take the GED® test in French.

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact Virginia’s state office at (804) 371-2333.

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

Yes, Virginia residents are allowed to combine different language versions of the GED® test. You can combine different language versions of the test to earn the GED® test credential.

Questions? Please contact Virginia’s state office at (804) 371-2333.

Does Virginia 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 Virginia.