Starting in 2014, the process for registering for the (GED) General Educational Development test has changed. With the introduction of the new computer-format test and the phasing out of paper tests, the GED Testing Service has had to change their registration to match their digital format. Here are the basic steps to follow in order to register for and take the GED test.
- Visit GED.com
The official website for the GED is GED.com. At this site, you will be able to create a user profile for the MyGED program. The MyGED program allows test-takers to update their profile, manage their test scores and transcripts, and obtain additional resources all in one place. Create an account using your email address to begin the registration process.
- Meet the Minimum Qualifications
Each state has unique requirements for GED candidates. In general, you must be at least 18 years old, not have completed high school, and legally reside in the state where you plan to take your test. Additional requirements may include passing an official practice test or enrolling in adult education classes. Once you have met the minimum qualifications, you can begin to plan your test date.
- Locate a Test Center
There are dozens of test centers in each state, so find the one that is closest to you. Test centers are based at community colleges, public schools, adult education centers, public libraries, and computer resource centers. In some cases, it may be favorable to take the test in a neighboring state with a closer test site. Check with that state’s testing policies to make sure you are not required to be a resident before registering to test.
- Choose a Date and Time
Testing centers are open five days a week and some weekends. They have regular business hours, so plan accordingly if you are already employed. You should pick a date and time that gives you enough time to prepare. Also, consider your personal preferences for testing and try to select a time of day when you know you will be most focused.
- Mark your Calendar
Once you have registered, mark your calendar for the day of the test. The only thing left to do is prepare and plan for the day of the test. It may help to visit the testing center before the day of the test, just to make sure you know the way and can reach it on time for the day of the official exam.