In DC, students who want to earn their GED diploma can take the four GED subtests online or in person at a designated GED testing center.
Washington DC uses the GED exam for its high school equivalency testing program. Posted here are all GED prep locations and test centers in the DC area.
The exam offers adults who quit high school prematurely the opportunity to earn a credential that’s equivalent to a common high school diploma.
The GED® exam contains four individual subtests (modules). The academic subject fields are English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
There’s no need to take all four GED subtests in one session. You have the liberty to take the four modules one at a time.
The GED exam is fully computer-based and scores on a scale that goes from 100 to 200. To pass, you must attain at least a result of 145 on each subtest.
The GED test assesses knowledge at a level comparable to that of high school seniors upon graduation.
Washington DC, like just a small number of states, subsidizes GED testing. Students pay only $3.75 for each subtest or $15 for the entire battery regardless of whether the test is taken at a test center or online.
DC GED testing requirements
- In the District of Columbia, GED applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
- 16 and 17-year-old applicants may also qualify, however, if they meet some additional strict requirements. Please contact a GED testing site or a major prep facility near you to learn about the details.
- Underage GED testers must, for example, submit a parental consent letter and have been officially out of school for at least six months.
- In D.C., GED testing is only open to residents as the GED is heavily subsidized.
- Attending a prep course is not required but taking the official GED Ready® practice test is. Test-takers must score in the “Likely to Pass” or “Too Close to Call” range before they’re allowed to sit for the official GED test.
- GED testers cannot be high school graduates and not be signed up for any other educational program.
The D.C. GED testing fee is $3.75 per subtest or $15 for the entire GED battery (read more below).
Washington DC GED prep classes (by ZIP)
Adult Literacy Department-M.L. King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St NW, Rm 300, Washington, DC 20001, Ph: 202-727-1616/0321
Anacostia Community Outreach Center (Youth & Adult Education & Training Ctr)
707 24th St NE, B-Level, Washington, DC 20002, Ph: 202-889-5607/2690
CEET (Center for Empowerment and Employment Training)
600 W Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, Ph: 202-832-4070
Sasha Bruce YouthBuild
9355 Maryland Ave NE, Washington DC 20002, Ph: 202-675-9355
Carlos Rosario Charter School-Sonia Gutierrez Campus
514 V Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, Ph: 202-797-4900
GED classes in English
212 E Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 20003, Ph: 202-562-2636
Capital Guardian Youth Challenge Academy
2001 E Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, Ph: 321-730-1579
Washington Literacy Center
1816 12th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, Ph: 202-387-9029
NOT a GED program but support to improve your reading, writing, speaking, and math skills.
Carlos Rosario Int’l Public Charter School-Harvard Campus
1100 Harvard St NW, Washington, DC 20009, Ph: 202-797-4700 ext. 130
GED classes in Spanish
The Next Step Public Charter School
3047 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, Ph: 202-319-2249
El Proximo Paso, Night Classes, Ph: 202-957-7090
YWCA National Capital Area
2303 14th Street NW (Suite 100), Washington, DC 20009, Ph: 202-626-0700
Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) Career Academy
1419 Columbia Rd, NW, Washington, DC 20009, Ph: 202-319-2225
YouthBuild Public Charter School
3220 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20010, Ph: 202-319-0141
Spanish Education Development Center
4110 Kansas Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011, Ph: 202-722-4404
GED classes in Spanish and English. You can also call SED Centers at 540-227-4681
Samaritan Ministry-Northwest DC Office
1516 Hamilton St NW, Washington, DC 20011, Ph: 202-722-2280
Pre GED Instruction
Academy Of Hope (Main Site)
2315 18th Place NE, Washington, DC 20018, Phone: 202-269-6623
Maya Angelou Young Adult Learning Center (YALC)
5600 E Capitol Street NE, Washington, DC 20019, Ph: 202-289-8898 or 202-797-8250
Community College Preparatory Academy
2405 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020, Ph: 202-610-5780
Samaritan Ministry-Southeast DC Office (Pre GED Classes)
1345 U Street SE, Washington, DC 20020, Ph: 202-889-7702
Congress Heights Community Training & Development Corporation
1351 Alabama Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020, Ph: 202-562-5200
Covenant House Washington
2001 Mississippi Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020, Ph: 202-610-9600
Community College Preparatory Academy-MC Terrell Campus
3301 Wheeler Road SE, Washington, DC 20032, Ph: 202-770-3252
4235 4th St, Washington, DC 20032, Ph: 202-574-3962
3111 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20032, Ph: 202-562-2636
Potomac Job Corps Center
1 DC Village Ln SW, Washington, DC 20032, Ph: 202-574-5000
Academy of Hope
421 Alabama Ave SE, Washington, DC 20032, Ph: 202-373-0246
GED prep classes around DC (cities by alphabet)
T.C. Williams Adult High School (Alexandria Public Schools)
3330 King St, Rm A 123, Alexandria, VA 22302, Ph 703-824-6845
For a complete overview of Alexandria GED prep classes visit: Alexandria area GED prep classes
Arlington Comm. Learning Center GED Classes
2110 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22204, Ph 703.228.7220
Check here to see more options in and around Arlington
Prince George’s County Public Schools-Community-based Classroom
5150 Annapolis Rd, Bladensburg, MD 20710, Ph: 301-985-5149
Huntingtown Education Center
4105 Old Town Rd, Huntingtown, Maryland 20639, Ph: 410-535-7382 or 443-550-8373
Prince George’s Community College-University Town Center
6505 Belcrest Rd, Hyattsville, Maryland 20782, Ph: 301-546-0891/8350
Prince George’s Community College GED Classes
301 Largo Rd, Largo, MD 20774, Ph: 301-546-0891
College of Southern Maryland
22950 Hollywood Rd, Leonardtown, MD 20650, Ph: 240-725-5473
Montgomery College Adult Education
11002 Veirs Mill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Ph: 240-567-8169/8950
For all Silver Spring area options click here
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DC area GED testing centers
District of Columbia GED Testing (1 Judiciary Square, Ste 370N)
441 Fourth St NW, Washington, DC 20001, Phone: 202.481.3950
Insyte GED Test Center
901 N Pitt St (Ste 105), Alexandria, VA 22314, Phone: 703.535.8600
Click here to see all Alexandria test centers
Evergreen Academy GED Testing Ctr
7700 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003, Phone: 703.256.6060
Career Technology Center-Falls Church (Suite 106)
6269 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044, Phone: 703.532.8898
Prince George’s Community Coll (Ctr for Advanced Technology, Rm 129)
301 Largo Road, Largo, MD 20774, Phone 301.546.0702
Fairfax County Adult High School
6815 Edsall Road, Springfield, VA 22151, Phone: 703.658.2767
Montgomery College-Takoma Park/Silver Springs (Test Ctr, Student Service Bldg, Rm 323B)
7625 Fenton Street, Takoma Park, MD 20912, Phone: 240.567.1555
Sinteg Solutions GED Test Ctr
1880 Howard Avenue, Suite 301-A, Vienna, VA 22182, Phone: 703-847-3000
GED price and retests
As said above, Washington DC subsidizes GED testing and testing is only open to residents. The price of the four individual GED subtests is $3.75 each or $15 for the entire battery.
If you don’t pass a subtest, there’ll be a 30-day waiting period in the District of Columbia before you can take that subtest again and this also counts for your second retake. If you need to retake that section for the third time, you’ll have to wait 60 days before you can tray that subject test again.
Your first two retakes per subject field are free of charge but after one year, the regular fees will apply again ($3.75 per individual module).
Free GED online prep in DC
Computer-based GED testing
The latest edition of the GED exam is totally computer-formatted, the paper-based version retired, the level was raised as was the price tag. All these changes have urged several states, including New York, Indiana, Montana, and New Hampshire, to choose alternative providers of their high school equivalency exams. A student should also visit as many job fairs and education or business events as possible to see what’s expected and going on in the job market.
Online GED testing
Sitting for the GED test online is now possible as well. It used to be that for acquiring a GED diploma, your personal appearance at an official D.C. testing site was required. Well, now that has changed as an online version of the GED exam was introduced with an online proctor. If you want to read more, check out the post introducing online proctored GED testing.
For the many people who did not finish high school, there is a possibility to bridge the gap via the General Education Development (GED) program. After completing the GED exam, students will receive the GED diploma or certificate, which is recognized by practically all US employers, government agencies, and colleges and universities as equivalent to a high school diploma.
A few years back, the GED exam was drastically upgraded by GED Testing Service (a joint venture of the American Council on Education – ACE – and Pearson, a leading education assessment developer) to get in line with the generally accepted Common Core education standards and to better reflect industry practices and higher education’s requirements.
The GED exam focuses more on skills that are required in modern-day companies and colleges, such as critical and analytical thinking and computer literacy. By offering better access to GED preparation and testing, adults are offered a major leap forward to earn a secondary credential that can lead to better jobs and post-secondary education. You can schedule one of the four GED subtests at a time.
Registration for the GED test
You need to create your account at the portal MyGED on the website GED.com. Here you can find all sorts of GED-related information and this is also the spot for scheduling your tests and making payments. There’s also a ton of information on schools and their academic programs, employment possibilities, and market trends.
Just be sure you’ll be entirely prepared when you sit for the four GED tests. Community bookstores will have lots of preparation material just like your local library and on this website, you can find numerous locations in your area that offer free GED instruction. Just look at the listing above to discover one near you. So prepare well, pass the four GED tests, and get your GED diploma!
For more information:
District of Columbia GED Program Office
The Marion S. Barry, Jr. Building
441 4th Street NW Suite 370 North
Washington, DC 20001
FAQ about GED in Washington DC
How to get a GED in Washington DC?
To get your GED in Washington DC, you’ll have to pass the four computer-based subtests of the GED high school equivalency exam. There are four separate GED subtests that cover the subject fields of Science, Mathematics, Language, and Social Studies.
What are the Washington DC GED testing requirements?
The GED is an exam for people who never finished their high school education. In DC, test-takers must be 16 years old or older but for test-takers 16 or 17 years old, some additional requirements count. In Washington DC, GED testers must be residents and first attain sufficient scores on the GED Ready practice test.
What is the GED cost in Washington DC?
In Washington DC, no matter whether you take the exam online or at a testing site, the entire GED battery costs $15, or $3.75 per subtest. You have the option to take and pay for one subtest at a time. Registration, payments, and scheduling the tests are all done online at the website GED.com.
Last Updated on January 5, 2022.