The Washington DC GED

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The Washington DC General Education Development (GED) exam is designed to give you an equivalent degree to a high school diploma. This article answers any questions you may have about the DC GED.
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What is the Format?

The Washington DC GED exam consists of four separate tests: Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA); Social Studies; Science; and Mathematics. Each test consists of a variety of multiple choice questions, hot spot (select an area), drag and drop, short answer and extended response. The second RLA section requires that you write an essay within a 45-minute time period. Total testing time is about 7.5 hours.

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

The possible score on the DC GED ranges from 100 (lowest) to 200 (highest.) You need a minimum score of 150 on each test and a total score of 600 to pass.

Naturally, you will do better in some sections than in others, so it is possible to have the minimum score on one test and a very high score on another, which will both incorporated to your total score. And if you fail the test, don't worry. You are able to retake any section of the test in which you scored less than 150.

Who is Eligible?

You are eligible to take the GED, according to the GED official website,, if you meet the following requirements:

  • 18 years of age, or older
  • Resident of the District of Columbia
  • Have officially withdrawn from high school for six months or more
  • Not a high school graduate

If you are between 16 and 18 years of age, there are some special requirements for you. Visit the Office of the State Superintendent of Education site to determine your eligibility.

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

Registration is required and is done at the GED website ( When you register, you'll need to set up an account. You will then be able to find a local testing center and schedule a test date. You will need to bring proof of residency, such as a driver's license to the testing location.

How do I Prepare?

There are two main ways to prepare for the GED exam - independently or with a preparation class. The State Education Agency funds preparation classes, and because the agency allots these funds it means you can take the classes at little or no cost. To view the official test preparation sites, access the Office of the State Superintendent Adult and Family Education list of adult education providers at

If you study independently, consider visiting your local library. Not only will you have a nice, quiet place to study, the library will also have GED study materials for you. Otherwise, you can go to the GED marketplace at the official GED website and take practice tests online, or you can purchase the GED study materials from any of the many providers of GED study materials online.

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