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Frequently Asked Questions

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How long will it take me to get my GED?

It depends on the background knowledge you are bringing with you. Some students need a brief review (2-4 weeks) while others take longer to get ready to test.

How will I know when I am ready to test?

The Adult Learning Centers have the GED Ready: Official Practice Test. It is half the number of questions and half the time limit. If you follow the guidelines, it is a very good indicator of how you will do on the real test. In Kentucky, test candidates must score a 150 or higher in the subject area being tested to become eligible to schedule your GED test subject.

Do I have to take the classes before I go test?

If you score below a 11.0 on any of the TABE assessments, you must take GED preparation classes to raise your scores.

How are the classes set up?

The classes are set up so that you will work in large groups, pairs, and/or individually. You will work on the information upon which you need to focus to prepare for the test. When you are ready to test, your instructor will encourage you to go test.

What is the TABE? Why do I have to take it?

The TABE is the Test of Adult Basic Education. It comes in five different levels and tests reading, math, and language skills. Everyone in Adult Education will take the TABE test because it is recognized at the state and national levels as an approved assessment of basic skills. We use the results to determine where you need to begin your studies so you won’t have to study what you already know.

How long will this take me?

There is no easy answer. It depends on the following questions:

  • What are your goals?
  • What are your skills?
  • How motivated are you?
  • How much time can you devote to this?
  •  How do you learn?

The only answer we can give you is that it is different for each person.

What if I do not pass the tests?

If you pass some sections and not others, you only have to retake the sections you do not pass! You will need to come back to the center, brush up, and retake the GED Ready test in the sections you are retaking. We will help you sign up your account; each section you retake will cost $10 each, not to exceed two retakes.

How much does it cost?

Everything we do in the WKCTC Adult Learning Centers is FREE!   You can pay as you go with the GED® test. This means you can pay for each subject individually or when you are ready to test. In Kentucky the fee per subject is $30 or $120 for the total battery.

What scores do I need to pass the GED test?

The GED test standard scores range from 100 to 200. A passing score is a minimum of 150 on each subject. Score of 170 or higher in each subject will be GED with Honors. However, the better the score is, the more likely you are to earn scholarships for college.

Who can take the GED test?

GED Tests shall be administered to any Kentucky resident who is certified as test ready and meets one of the following criteria:

  • The applicant has a Kentucky address and is nineteen years of age.
  • The applicant has a Kentucky address, is sixteen years of age and
    • Has been officially withdrawn from public or private school for 90 days as certified by the local school district **  OR
    • Is officially withdrawn from public or private school and receives a superintendent’s waiver of the 90 days for a postsecondary enrollment deadline, a condition of employment, medical reason or family circumstances. **Student must present proof of withdrawal on school form or letterhead at time of testing.


An applicant at least sixteen years of age with a Kentucky address is eligible to take the GED if the applicant is:

  • Committed or placed in a state correctional facility.
  • Enrolled in a Job Corps program of instruction.
  • Considered a state agency child.
  • Detained in a juvenile detention or juvenile holding facility and:
    • Is at least one year behind academically.
    • Has a minimum stay in detention of thirty days and is approved for the GED by the local school superintendent
  • Enrolled in a KDE approved GED Secondary Program and approved for the GED by the superintendent.

What can I expect if I become a part of the Adult Learning Center?

A dedicated staff that will:

  • Keep your best interest in mind.
  • Be knowledgeable of adult education materials and options.
  • Maintain regular contact.
  • Be knowledgeable about outside services.
  • Be prepared for class.
  • Offer professional, courteous service