Homeschoolers and the GED

I’m interested in earning a GED. How old do I have to be? What do I do? Where do I go?

Normally, students who wish to take the GED in Virginia must be age 18 or older and be out of high school. However, thanks to legislative efforts by The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers, homeschooled students in Virginia between the ages of 16 and 18 are allowed by Virginia law to take the General Educational Development (GED) exam. Recent Virginia Department of Education Superintendent’s memos (INF #36 (2000) and INF #68 (2007)) clarify this section of the law. Students who take and pass the GED are emancipated from the compulsory school attendance requirement.

The GED is a state program administered by the local school division, usually by an Adult Education administrator or another person in the school division’s central office, or one of the local public high schools. Pre-tests (readiness tests) and prep classes are often available. Taking a pretest may be required before the real test.

To register for the GED, find a GED testing center in your community, or learn more about taking the GED in Virginia, visit the Race to GED website or call 1-877-37-MY-GED to speak with a counselor.

Additional Resources

American Council on Education’s General Educational Development Testing Service

Has more information about preparing for the GED exam. Visit their website or call (202) 939-9490 or 1-800-62-MY-GED.

A to Z Home’s Cool: GED for Homeschoolers

Includes more GED test preparation resources as well as thoughts on the pros and cons of GED testing.

The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers is a non-profit public charity with 501(c)(3) status; your donation is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. A financial statement is available from the Virginia Division of Consumer Affairs upon request.

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