The GED test will be given free in Kentucky through June 30. Kentuckians taking the test during that timeframe will not have to pay the usual $55 fee. Kentucky Adult Education, a unit of the Council on Postsecondary Education, will pay the fee.
Free GED classes are available through local adult education programs in all 120 Kentucky counties. To be eligible to take the GED, students must first complete the GED Offi cial Practice Test to make sure they are prepared for the actual test. In 10 years, nearly 105,848 Kentuckians have earned a GED, ranking Kentucky 13th highest in the nation in the percentage of non-high school completers earning a GED.
The GED tests provide adults who did not finish high school with the opportunity to certify their attainment of high school-level academic knowledge and skills. The GED consists of five parts – reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Completing the entire test battery takes just over seven hours.
The GED tests are currently offered only in a paper pencil format at official GED Testing Centers — the tests cannot be taken online. State GED administrators often receive reports from adults who pursued what they believe are accredited high school equivalency credentials online. Consumers find, after spending $200-$1,200, that these credentials are not accepted by either employers, colleges or universities.
Kentuckians interested in taking advantage of free classes and the time-limited free GED testing should contact the adult education center in their county to discuss how to get started. To find the local adult education center, call ( 800) 928- 7323 or visit: www.kentuckyged.org.