The Rhode Island GED

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Taking the Rhode Island General Education Development (GED) exam is a smart decision in securing a more successful future. This article answers many questions you may have about the RI GED.
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What is The Format?

The seven and a half hour test is broken down into four sections: Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA), Mathematical Reasoning, Science and Social Studies. Test questions are comprised of drag and drop, fill in the blank, short answer, extended response, hot spot and multiple choice. The second part of the RLA test requires that you write an essay within a 45 minute time period. You will be permitted to use a calculator (provided) for part of the Mathematical Reasoning test.

How is the Exam Scored and What if I Don't Pass?

The range of scores you can earn on the GED is from 100 (lowest) to 200 (highest.) To pass the RI GED, you need to earn a minimum score of 150 on each of the four tests and you need an total score of 600.

Who is Eligible?

If you're 18 or older, a Rhode Island resident and have not graduated from (nor are currently enrolled in) high school, you qualify to take the GED. 17 year-old residents may take the test if they are not enrolled in school and obtain permission from the Chief Examiner at testing center. 16 year-old residents may take the test if they have not been enrolled in school for the past six months and have permission from the Commissioner of Education.

How do I Register for the GED and What Does it Cost?

All applicants must register at the GED Testing Service website at The cost of the test is $30 per subject or $120 for the entire battery of tests.

How do I Prepare?

A little preparation can go a long way. There are essentially two ways to prepare for the GED - independently or taking a preparation class. If you study independently, you have several options available to you:

  • Online study materials
  • Check-out library study materials
  • Purchase study materials at a local bookstore

If you choose to study with a preparation class, you can take a study class at your nearest testing center. In addition, check your local community college and adult education center to see if they offer GED preparation classes. You can find an official testing center and a nearby test preparation center at the Rhode Island Department of Education web site at

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