GED® and GED® Preparation

What You Need to Know

At this time, due to COVID-19, GED testing is only being offered to CVABE students and other Vermonters at our Barre Learning Center.  Please call 802-476-4588 to make an appointment. 

Face masks are required at all CVABE locations.  Additionally, Vermont Health Department and CDC safety guidelines and recommendations are being followed.

The General Educational Development (GED®) is a four-section (Math, English/Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies) computer-based examination nationally recognized as a high school equivalency.

Over 97% of universities, colleges and employers accept the GED® credential.  60% of recent GED® graduates are enrolled in college.  The unemployment rate is lower for those with a high school credential.

For a comparison about the differences between the GED and High School Completion Program (HSCP) click here.

Please note: anyone currently enrolled in high school, or those with a high school diploma, are NOT allowed to take the GED.

GED® Preparation

CVABE helps adults 16 and older, not enrolled in high school, to prepare for the GED® exams.

We provide free instruction and GED Ready® practice tests to help indicate exactly what you need to study to pass the official exam.  Those who need to brush up on skills work with a CVABE teacher to learn what they need to pass the exams, and to practice test-taking skills.  All CVABE Learning Centers have teachers available to help you prepare for the GED tests. Contact a CVABE Learning Center for additional information.

GED® Costs

Each test costs $30 ($120 total) and payment is required at the time of registration. Generally, this is done via debit card or credit card (either regular or prepaid). CVABE has scholarships available to cover exam fees. Cash payment vouchers are also available. Call (802) 476-4588 for more information.

GED® Locations

Official GED® exams are given, on varied schedules, at CVABE learning centers:

  • Washington County: Barre

Registration for GED Testing at CVABE

Advanced registration for each GED testing session is required. We do not accept walk-ins at GED® testing sessions.

Creating a free GED® account is required prior to testing.  Click here to save time on testing day by creating your account now.  Please be sure to record your user name and password.  It is important to bring that information to your appointment; it may be needed to complete the admissions process.

You must have photo identification with you every time you come in for a test.

Special Registration Information – Test-takers Under 18

If you are under age 18, you will need parent/guardian approval in order to register/schedule online to take GED® exams.

  • Click here to go to the State of Vermont Agency of Education website for more information.
  • Click here for the for the permission form, to be signed by parent/guardian

The Vermont Application for GED® Testing form must be completed, signed and submitted as per the directions on the form. Registration/ scheduling may be completed once the State of Vermont has processed the authorization.

How Long is Each GED® Exam

Due to the length of the exams, CVABE suggests that you take only one or two in a day.

  • Reasoning through Language Arts is 150 minutes (including a 10-minute break)
  • Mathematical Reasoning is 115 minutes
  • Science is 90 minutes
  • Social Studies is 70 minutes

Information about Registration

At this time, due to COVID-19, GED testing is only being offered to CVABE students and other Vermonters at our Barre Learning Center.  Please call 802-476-4588 to make an appointment.

Sincere thanks to the following donors who generously supported the development of this website:

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The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust

The Oakland  Foundation