GED-General Educational Development Test

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The General Educational Development exam, or GED Test has transitioned to a new, computer-based format as of January 1, 2014. The cost will increase to $120 for the four-test series.  All previous test scores for any candidates that did not complete their GED prior to January 1, 2014, are no longer valid and the candidate must start from the beginning with the new test.


Even though the GED will still be given at the Assessment Center in Parkland College, all registration and appointment scheduling for the test is now completed online. 
According to the GED website: "The registration process for the 2014 GED® test is much simpler.
Students are required to sign up for a MyGED® account at and then they are able to access the dashboard full of information about studying, test day, scheduling, scoring, and college and career opportunities.
When students are eligible to schedule, they can go log in 24/7 to, click "Start scheduling" on their dashboard, complete the demographic questions, schedule one test or multiple tests at a time, and pay for their appointment."

Test Day Reminders

1.  Please make sure you bring a valid, government-issued, photo ID with you to the Assessment Center in Parkland College, Room U204. 
The ID must contain your current photo and match the address used in your registration.
2.  If you want to be exempt from taking the Constitution section of the GED, please bring proof of having passed the Illinois and US Constitution Exam. 
Examples of this documentation would be a letter from an Illinois High School, an Illinois High School Transcript, or a letter from the Parkland Adult Education Office.  
Testing Accommodations
As indicated on the GED website, "Test-takers seeking accommodations will register at
During the registration process, test-takers seeking accommodations will select, “yes” when asked if they intend to apply for testing modifications (accommodations) based upon a documented disability.
After selecting “yes,” test-takers will receive an email with specific information on where to submit their accommodations request, which will include a link to the accommodations website
GED Testing Service will make all accommodations decisions beginning in 2014.  Test-takers will be notified in writing of the accommodations decision, usually within 30 days. 
If approved, test-takers will be given specific instructions for how to schedule their accommodated GED® Tests with the Pearson VUE Accommodations Scheduling team. 
If not approved, test-takers will be advised about the appeal procedures.  Either way, test-takers will then have the ability to call to discuss the accommodations decision."

GED Preparation
Parkland offers assistance those desiring help with preparation for the GED.  For more information, please refer to the Adult Education website.


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