The GED is a battery of exams designed to measure skills and knowledge equal to a high school course of study. The five subject area tests which make up the GED test battery are Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Reading. In order to earn a GED diploma, an examinee must have a combined passing score of at least 2250 with a minimum score of 410 in each of the five subject areas. Those passing the GED have demonstrated a level of knowledge equal to or greater than 40% of graduating high school seniors.
To be eligible to take the GED tests in Kentucky, the applicant must have a Kentucky address and be 19 years old or older OR have a Kentucky address, be at least 16 years old, and officially withdrawn from school for 90 days or have a 90 day waiver from the school superintendent. Some exemptions do apply. See your adult education provider for details. In addition, GED applicants must pass an Official Practice Test (OPT) administered by the adult education staff in order to be eligible to register for the official GED exam. More information is also available at the Kentucky Adult Education website.
Pre-registration is required. To register, applicants must submit the documentation they receive from the adult education staff as well as the GED fee. The GED test fee is $60 for the entire battery of tests. If you have to retake a test, the fee for individual tests is $30 for Writing, $30 for Math, and $30 for any combination of Science, Social Studies, or Reading. The maximum test fee is $60 for any one test date.
For upcoming test dates or more information about registering to take the GED, contact Pam Buchanan.
Testing with accommodations is available for examinees who qualify. For details, please see your adult learning instructor or the Kentucky Adult Education website.
You may retrieve your GED scores online if you tested after January 2007. Request a copy of your transcript or diploma from Kentucky Adult Education (KYAE).
There are no costs to enroll in a GED class. We furnish your books, paper, pencils and all study materials. Adult Education orientation is held twice a week. Call 270-831-9648 to enroll. Small group classes are designed to meet your needs. Classes are based on your skill level and you progress to the next level when you are ready. The length of time it takes you depends on your commitment, how hard you work, and how often you come in to one of our centers.
If you don't pass the GED test, you will only be required to retest in the section(s) not passed. You will be required to work with your adult education provider to remediate and improve your scores and take the OPT in that section(s) to ensure you are prepared. You may only take the GED test three times in a calendar year.