General Educational Development (GED)
Having the skills to survive in the 21st century requires a GED or high school diploma. Without one or the other, a person can expect to earn only half of the expected earnings of a graduate. The Adult Learning Center offers a flexible schedule and personalized instruction to help adults gain the knowledge necessary to earn their GED. Instructors and tutors work with students in small groups and one-on-one using a variety of teaching strategies, including computer based instruction. The Center offers evening hours to assist students who may work during the daytime. The Center offers students the opportunity to study at their own pace and on their own schedule. Stop by today and let our staff start you on your way to obtaining your GED.
What is GED Testing?
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. 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a Kentucky address and be 19 years old or older OR have a Kentucky address, be at least 18years old, and officially withdrawn* from school for 90 days or have a 90 day waiver from the school superintendent (postsecondary enrollment deadline of employment, medical reason, or family circumstance). 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.
*student must present proof of withdrawal on school form or letterhead at time of testing
There are four (4) content areas: Reasoning through Language Arts; Mathematical Reasoning; Science; Social Studies
Scoring: scale has been established for the test that ranges from 100 to 200 scaled score points on each of the four content area tests/modules
For each of the four content area tests/modules, the Passing Standard (minimum score) is equal to a scaled score of 145.
Passing the 4-module test battery requires test-takers to earn a minimum score of 145 in each content area test/module in order to earn a high school equivalency diploma.
Honors distinction is given per content area test/module. 170 scale score or above will qualify test-takers for an Honors distinction. GEDTS® does not have Honors at the candidate (overall) level yet.
Learn to navigate MyGED® – the new student portal where students register for the 2014 GED® test, take the Ready™ test, and much more – visit MyGED™ How To Guide.
Starting the process
The Official Practice must be completed and a passing score is required for pre-registration for the GED exam. 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 $120 for the entire battery of tests.
For more information about registering to take the GED, contact 465-7736.
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) or call (800) 928-7323.
Taking a GED class
There are no costs to enroll in a GED class. We furnish your books, paper, pencils and all study materials. To enroll call 270-465-7736. 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 our center.