If you never finished your high school education there is still the GED® (General Education Development) option to get hold of an HSE (high school equivalency) credential. In Georgia, the GED is the only option to earn an HSE diploma.
The GED exam contains four separate modules (or subtests) in the academic subject areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, and Literacy (which has combined writing and reading).
Georgia GED Testing Requirements
- You did not complete your regular high school program
- You cannot be registered for another education program
- You cannot be under the age of 16. Applicants under 18 need to have permission from their school board as well as parental or guardian consent
Georgia does not subsidize the GED test and the fee is $40 per subject test (or $160 for the full battery). You can take one test at a time and you only pay for what you take. No need to pay for the entire battery at once but again, you will have to deal with all four tests within a 2-year time frame.
GED scoring takes place on a scale that runs from 100 to 200 and the following scores apply: 100 to 144 is below passing; scores between 145-164 bring you a GED high school equivalency result; 165 to 174 indicates a college-ready score and a 175 to 200 score will give a college-ready plus college credits score.
The GED diploma is all over North America recognized just like a common high school diploma by practically every employer, educational institution, or government agency.
You are not required to sit for the four GED modules in one take, the GED exam has become modular, meaning the four tests can be taken separately although you must complete the entire batter within a 2-year time constraint. The GED exam has become fully computer-based. No longer can you take the GED exam in a paper-based format.
The Georgia GED program is also open to non-state residents but keep in mind that the new GED exam has become pretty difficult and that the passing standards are so tough that some 40 percent of all high school grads would not be able to pass it at first try!
So taking part in some sort of GED prep course to get optimally prepared is not required but highly recommended. There are many Georgia GED prep sites where (often free) classes are offered and there are also some very good GED prep courses offered over the internet as well.
Whichever way of studying you prefer, just be sure to become optimally prepared. The new GED exam is entirely computer-based; paper-based testing is no longer an option, which makes sense as there is practically no job out there that doesn’t require some basic computer literacy.
If you want to sit for the Georgia GED exam, you will have to appear in person at one of the state’s official GED testing sites. centers. There is just NO online GED testing available. If you need an accommodation, please apply timely for that via the official GED website (GED.com) or see if your local testing center can help you. You must set up your account at GED.com/MyGED where you also can schedule and pay for your tests.