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What is the GED®?

The 2014 GED® test is a computer-based, four-subject high school equivalency test. The four subjects are Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts. After you pass the GED® test, your certificate will be issued by the testing center where you took your last test and you’ll receive a GED® transcript (which can be used  to apply to college, for your job, etc). Click here for more information about the 2014 GED® Experience.


How is the test scored?

There are two scoring levels:

  • GED® Passing Score: at or higher than the minimum needed to demonstrate high school equivalency-level skills and abilities
  • GED® Passing Score with Honors: at or higher than the minimum needed to demonstrate career- and college-readiness (CCR)

How long will it take to get my GED®?

Your skill level and the amount of time you can devote to the program determine the length of time required to complete the program.


Who can take the GED®?

You MUST be a Rhode Island resident to take the GED® exam. Massachusetts residents are welcomed to take ABE/ASE classes at RIRAL, but will not be able to take the GED® exam (this is a state policy - click here for more information).

Massachusetts offers the HiSET instead of the GED®; MA residents who want to earn a HS credential should contact the MASS Adult Literacy Hotline1-800-447-8844 or click here.  Test information and practice materials for the HiSET can be found here.


How do I know if I am ready to take the GED® exam?

You can take the GED Ready™ : The Official Practice Test (OPT) to determine your readiness to take to the GED® tests. The OPT questions are similar to those on the GED® tests. You will receive your GED® Ready™ scores the same day you take the test, and receive a score report with target feedback to know your strengths and which skills need more practice. Click here to create a MyGED account and take a practice test.

Click here for a free practice test (score report is not included).


How much does the GED® cost?

GED Ready™ : The Official Practice Test
     Each test costs $6. The cost for all four tests is $24.

     Each test costs $30. The cost for all four tests is $120.

*You must register and pay for your tests online, through your MyGED account. If you do not have a credit or debit card, you may purchase a voucher at our main office. A friend or relative may also pay for your test - please choose the type of test below:

     GED Ready Voucher
     GED Vouchers

Please be sure to read all information, including expiration date(s). How to use your Ready Voucher.


Can I take the GED® Exam for free?

The State of Rhode Island will waive all testing fees based on income level for individuals with limited income who can prove financial hardship and who are not eligible for subsidies for these tests from other state agencies or departments.

To be eligible for the waiver, you must also take and pass the GED Ready practice test with the minimum passing score of Likely to Pass for each subject you would like a waiver for. Click on buttons below for more information:


How long do the tests take?

Language Arts - 155 minutes (GED Ready: 95 minutes)
Science - 95 minutes (GED Ready: 47 minutes)
Social Studies - 75 minutes (GED Ready: 35 minutes)
Math - 120 minutes (GED Ready: 60 minutes)


How do I register for the test?

Registering for the test must be done online at Once you set up an account, you will be able to schedule your test at any Official Test Center in Rhode Island. You may also test at multiple test centers, if you wish.

How to get started on MyGED™ 

If you need access to a computer or help registering, please contact us.


Where can I take the Test?

Click here for a list of testing centers. Please note: RIRAL offers the GED® exam in English and Spanish.


Can I take the test in Spanish?

Yes, RIRAL offers the GED® exam in Spanish. However, all of our classes are in English. For Spanish GED® classes, please contact Progreso Latino in Central Falls.


Can I take the GED® exam online?

No. While the GED® exam is computer-based, you can ONLY take an Official GED® exam at a GED® or PearsonVUE Test Center. WARNING: Possible scams for online GED® test!


When will I receive my transcript and Diploma/Certificate?

The Student Experience:

  1. A test-taker who passes the GED® test will automatically receive an electronic, secure diploma and Smart Transcript, delivered immediately to their email address after their final test is scored

  2. The test-taker can view, print, and request a professionally-printed diploma free of charge

  3. The test-taker can send the transcript to an employer or college of their choice

  4. From that point forward, colleges and employers can search for and order documents for test-takers who have passed the test

Click here for more information.


More Information

For more information, visit For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, click here. For RI State Policies, please click here.

Click here to download a free 90 day trial of the computer-based calculator used on the math exam.