If you want to get you high school equivalency credential in Alabama, you will have to take and pass the four individual subtests of the GED® Test. The diploma that you will be awarded upon successful completion of the four subtests is equivalent to a standard high school degree and recognized by practically all North American colleges, employers, and government agencies.
The GED test is administered entirely on a computer and to earn your GED diploma, you are required to pass four subtests in the fields of Math (Mathematical Reasoning), Science, Literacy (RLA-Reasoning through Language Arts), and Social Studies. There’s no need to take the tests at the same time. The GED is built up of four modules (or subtests) that must be finished in a period of no more than two years.
Alabama GED Testing Requirements
- You should not have a high school degree or equivalency
- You should not be signed up for any other education program
- You must be at least 16 years old. Beware, though, that applicants 16 and 17 years old must have permission from their school district as well as parental consent
In Alabama, you don’t need to be a state resident to take the GED and the cost is $30 per subject test ($120 for all four GED tests). As said before, you have a period of two years to deal with the four subtests, so you can take one test at a time and you need to pay only for what you register for.
In Alabama, you are not required to take a prep course before testing. It would be wise, though, to get optimally prepared. The GED has become quite challenging and attending a prep class at a physical prep site or following a good online GED prep course is really needed to get optimally prepared for the four GED tests.
Testing must be done in person at one of Alabama’s state-designated GED testing sites. There is NO online testing option. If you require any accommodation, be sure to make a request well in advance at the website of GED Testing Service: GED.com. This is where you must register as well for your tests. You can also make payments and schedule your tests here.
The GED modules (or subtests) are scored on a 100-200 scale:
- 100 to 144 = Below Passing Score
- 145 to 164 = High School Equivalency Score
- 165 to 174 = College Ready Score
- 175 to 200 = College Ready + College Credit Score