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Why get a GED? Click here to watch a video.
The GED diploma is earned by passing a series of five (5) tests that include: Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies, and Science.
As you earn your GED diploma, you’ll be in the company of many famous GED grads, including actors Bill Cosby, Michael J.. Fox, and Christian Slater, Indy racing driver Danica Patrick, Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton, business tycoons Dave Thomas (started Wendy’s) and Wally Amos (founded Famous Amos cookies), and ABC News Anchor Peter Jennings. Proof enough that a GED can’t hold you back in the pursuit of your lifelong goals!
You must be 18 or older to take the tests or must prove that you have been out of school for more than one year to test at age 17. Other exceptions may apply. GED preparation can start before you qualify to take the tests.
The GED process begins with an appointment with Mary Angelini, the Evening Coordinator. Appointments are available morning, afternoon and night. At the appointment you will learn more about the GED and develop a plan. Following that appointment you will be assessed as to your ability to successfully pass the GED tests, this will include GED pre-testing. If your pre-test scores indicate that you need to improve your skills, we offer classes and/or tutoring. The classes are free, but there may be a book cost. Please call 646-4565 to set up an appointment.
You may take the official tests if your pre-test scores show that you are ready. Official testing follows pre-testing. You MUST bring a government-issued picture i.d. (Driver’s License, Maine State ID, Passport, etc) to test. Testing times are available morning, afternoon and night. All testing is done at Wells High School.
Click here for a printable GED fact sheet.
GED History: In November 1942, the United States Armed Forces Institute asked the American Council on Education (ACE) to develop a battery of tests to measure high school-level academic skills. These Tests of General Educational Development (GED) gave military personnel and veterans who had served in World War II before completing high school, a way to demonstrate their knowledge. Passing these tests gave returning soldiers and sailors the academic credentials they needed to get civilian jobs. The GED is an recognized and validated alternative to a traditional high school diploma.