Why Get a High School Equivalency Diploma?
The GED (General Educational Development) is designed to enable those who have not graduated from high school to demonstrate the attainment of high school-level skills. Upon successful completion of the GED test, you will be awarded a State of Florida High School Diploma and be considered a high school graduate. Earning a State of Florida High School Diploma opens the door to new opportunities and pathways in your life. With a GED you’ll be able to:
- Go to college
- Enroll in a technical school
- Start a new career
- Get a job
- Get a better job
- Get promoted
- Make more money
- Join the military
- Help your children with their homework
- Feel good about yourself
More than 860,000 adults worldwide take the GED test each year
90% of US employers accept the GED
97% of colleges and universities accept the GED
GED holders realize a 35% increase in median annual earnings over those who do not graduate
The GED test is offered in English and Spanish in the state of Florida
To register for the GED, visit GED.com or call at 1-877-EXAM-GED. Dedicated call center agents for Spanish-speakers and adults who need accommodations are available.
When you register, you will be required to sign up for a MyGED account at GED.com. Once you have an account, you will be able to access information about studying, test-taking strategies, scheduling, scoring and college, and career opportunities. When you are eligible to schedule the test, you can log in to GED.com, click “Start Scheduling,” complete the demographic questions, schedule one test or multiple tests at a time, and pay for your appointment. These steps are explained in detail at the websites listed below.
Each test costs $32 and can be taken separately. The full battery of tests costs $128.
There is a discounted retesting fee for students who do not pass a section of the GED on the first attempt. Testers will be allowed two retests per content area at $12 each.
On the day of the test, you should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to testing and you must have your valid government-issued photo ID with you.
For questions, call the GED Testing Office at West Area Adult School 863-499-2835 (x430)
Sign up and schedule a testing time below.
Online GED Preparation Course
Earn your high school diploma from the comfort of home!
Although they are not required, you are encouraged to enroll in an online GED preparation class. Individuals passing the GED test are awarded the State of Florida High School Diploma.
Benefits of an online course:
- There are no classes to attend.
- You can enroll anytime of the year.
- Coursework can be completed at your pace and place.
- Online GED instructor support is provided.
- GED practice tests are available.
- Adult Basic Skills (ABE) course is available if needed.
The TABE test is required. There is a one-time $20 fee. A ninth-grade level score is recommended. For more information, visit the Florida Adult Technical Distance Education Consortium at www.fatdec.com.