General Education Development (GED)
Any Massachusetts resident over the age of 16 who has not graduated from high school is eligible to take the GED. However, if the applicant is under 18, he/she must submit a letter from the last school system he/she attended stating that the student has officially withdrawn from school. This verification of official withdrawal must be on school stationary and signed by a Principal, Vice Principal, or Head Counselor.
Testing Dates and Times (2012-2013)
- Monday & Tuesday; September 16 & 17, 2013; 3PM-8PM Closed!
- Monday & Tuesday; October 21 & 22, 2013; 3PM-8PM Closed!
- Monday & Tuesday; November 4 & 5, 2013; 3PM-8PM Closed!
Additional Testing Dates may be added as needed.
ABOUT REGISTERING TO TAKE THE GED EXAM:
- Only residents of Massachusetts may apply.
- Register in person- Applications accepted until session is full.
- Where: The Testing and Assessment Center Bldg 17/Room 425
- When: 1pm-3pm Monday-Thursday & some Tuesday evenings at 5:30pm (Call 413 755-4709 for Tuesday evening availability.)
When you register, you must bring the following:
- If you are under 18 years of age, bring a letter from the last school attended indicating that you are officially withdrawn from school.
- Picture ID Required (license, MA ID or passport)
- Social Security Number
- Fees: Two money orders: (Fees may increase for July 2008 testing!)
- $60 to STCC
- $5 to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- $25/day No Show Fee;
- Retest $17 per test;
- $200 / Defacing GED Materials
Fees Are Not Refundable!
Information is Subject to Change Without Notice!
GED Special Accommodations
STCC is in compliance with the ADA. To request special accommodations; please contact Maria Fonseca (413-755-4657) to set up an appointment.
Massachusetts GED Policy
|Fee after July 1, 2002|
|INITIAL TEST BATTERY||$60|
|RETEST FEE||$15 PER TEST|
|NO SHOW CHARGE||$25 PER DAY|
|STATE REGISTRATION FEE||$5|
|COMPROMISED TEST BATTERY FEE||$200|
GED Examinees must complete the five-test battery within one year
from the date of taking their first test. Examinees who complete the
five-test battery within the one-year, but still have not passed, will
be allowed two (2) more years to successfully complete the battery.
If an examinee does not successfully complete the battery during the
next two years, all scores and fees become invalid and the examinee
must start the process over. The Massachusetts State policy is a "Three
Year Policy" for GED tests in Massachusetts. A total score
of 2250 is required to pass the GED (with an average of 450). 410 is
the minimum passing score on any one test.
Clarification: If you start testing February 12, 2007, you must take all 5 tests before February 11, 2008 or else your scores become invalid and you need to register to take the GED exam again, starting at the beginning. If you start testing February 12, 2007 and you take all 5 tests before February 11, 2008, but your scores are not high enough to pass the GED, you will have until February 11, 2010 to complete the GED.
THREE YEAR RULE SUSPENDED for anyone starting GED testing after January 2, 2011 - If you take all 5 tests within a one-year period, you will have until the 2014 version of the GED comes out to pass the GED. Once the 2014 version of the GED comes out, all incomplete scores will become invalid.
A person may take each individual test in the battery up to three times during the contract year (a GEDTS Policy). However, examinees may not retake any individual test until the full battery has been completed (all 5 tests taken); in addition, they must retest first on any individual test on which they receive a failing score (below 410).
RIGHT TO CHALLENGE GED SCORES:
You have the right to formally challenge your score on any test. Your written challenge must be submitted to Joanne Abodeeb, Chief Examiner, within 2 weeks after scores are reported. (If you do not receive your scores within 4 weeks from your testing date, it is your responsibility to contact the Testing & Assessment Center for your scores.)
The GED Exam
The GED exam consists of five multiple choice examinations in the following areas:
- LANGUAGE ARTS, WRITING
- 2 Parts - Multiple Choice and Essay
- SOCIAL STUDIES
- LANGUAGE ARTS, READING
- 2 Parts - With Calculator (Casio 260X) and Without Calculator Allowed