General Education Development (GED)

GED® test preparation classes are designed for students functioning at grade level 9 and above. A required pre-GED® test diagnoses those basic skills that students lack in order to adequately prepare them to take the GED® test. Placement is based upon the test score.

Students functioning at literacy grade levels between 6-9 are enrolled in a pre-GED test preparation class. Students scoring at grade level 9 or higher are enrolled in GED® preparation. The GED® preparation program incorporates workplace skills and is aligned for workforce development.

 Successful passing of the GED® tests will result in the awarding  of a State of Florida high school diploma. The GED® test battery is a series of 4 content areas offered in English and Spanish. The entire test battery takes approximately seven hours to complete and is scheduled over a two-day period, by appointment only.

 The GED® test is given at the following school district technical colleges:

Lindsey Hopkins Technical College

750 NW 20th Street, Miami FL 33127

Office: (305) 324-6070

Miami Lakes Educational Center & Technical College

5780 NW 158th Street, Miami FL 33014

Office: (305) 557-1100

Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College

18180 SW 122nd Avenue, Miami FL 33177

Office: (305) 253-9920

Lindsey Hopkins Technical College

Miami Lakes Educational Center & Technical College

Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College

Requirements to take the GED Test

A candidate shall be at least 18 years of age at the time of application and a resident of the State of Florida.
A test candidate 16 or 17 years of age may be administrated the GED battery, if the individual meets the following criteria:

  • Has been legally withdrawn from high school and is requesting to be tested with parental consent

  • Is a concurrently enrolled high school student requesting testing with parental consent. A conference with a home school counselor and an adult education center counselor must be held prior to testing

  • Passed the official GED practice test

  • Granted a waiver by the school district

How to Apply

Candidates must complete the State Application Form AE-7 at one of the school district GED offices. Information requested on the application refers to essential personal data, education, training, records, and residence. There is a $70 fee for taking the GED test. There is a nominal charge for each retest in writing skills, social studies, science, interpreting literature, arts, or math.

 The 2015 GED Test Specifications

  • Four content areas:
    1. Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA) (150 minutes)
    2. Mathematical Reasoning (90 minutes)
    3. Science (90 minutes)
    4. Social Studies (90 minutes)
  • English and Spanish
  • 3 opportunities to test per year, per content area
  • Seven different item types:
    1. Extended response
    2. Drag-and-drop
    3. Drop-down
    4. Fill-in-the-blank
    5. Hot spot
    6. Multiple choice
    7. Short answer
  • Delivered on computer (not online)

2. How can I prepare to take the tests?
Passing the GED® tests may require some preparation on your part. Some individuals prepare intensely by taking classes or studying GED® preparation books and other materials. Other candidates are comfortable with simply brushing up on a few of the subject areas where they feel they need practice. To determine how you should best prepare for the tests, you can start by contacting the counselor at Miami Palmetto Adult and Community Education Center. The teachers can help you decide the extent to which you need to study for the five GED® tests and develop a study plan that is best for you.

3. What if I’m only 16 years old?
In the State of Florida GED® candidates must be at least 18 years of age or older unless they have been granted a GED® age waiver by the local school board. Contact the GED® Chief Examiner in your county to find out how you can qualify to take the GED® test if you are 16 or 17 years of age. GED® age waiver requirements vary among school districts.

4. How do I know if I passed the GED® tests?

Scores per subject area:

  • 100 – 149 = Below passing
  • 150 – 169 = Passing score
  • 170 – 200 = Honors passing score

For more information, go to the following link: GED Program and Services