GED TEST - Rhode Island High School Equivalency Diploma

The Rhode Island GED

Taking the Rhode Island General Education Development (GED) exam is a smart decision in securing a more successful future. This article answers many questions you may have about the RI GED.

What is The Format?

The seven hour and 35 minute test is broken down into five sections: Writing Skills (Part I and II), Literature and the Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Most of the test is multiple choice questions; however, Part II of the Writing Skills test requires that you write an essay within a 45 minute time period.

How is the Exam Scored and What if I Don't Pass?

The range of scores you can earn on the GED is from 200 (lowest) to 800 (highest.) To pass the RI GED, you need to earn a minimum score of 410 on each of the five tests AND you need an total score of 2250.

Who is Eligible?

You'll need to contact your nearest testing center to determine your eligibility to take the GED, although if you're 18 or older, a Rhode Island resident and have not graduated from (nor are currently enrolled in) high school, it's a good bet you can take it now (or soon).

How do I Register for the GED and What Does it Cost?

The following link takes you to the portion of the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Web site that lists the official testing centers: Each facility has different rates, so contact your nearest testing center for updated GED testing rates.

How do I Prepare?

If you think you don't need to prepare for the GED, consider this: According to the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education,, 30 percent of graduating high school seniors cannot completely pass the GED. Although this is a startling fact, the goal here is not to scare you into a frenzy. Consider this other fact by the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Since 1971, there have been more than 60,000 GED diplomas issued in the state of Rhode Island. That's a large number!

The point is: A little preparation can go a long way. There are essentially two ways to prepare for the GED - independently or taking a preparation class. If you study independently, you have several options open for you:

  • Online study materials
  • Check-out library study materials
  • Purchase study materials at a local bookstore

If you choose to study with a preparation class, you can take a study class at your nearest testing center. In addition, check your local community college and adult education center to see if they offer GED preparation classes.

Another preparation method open to Rhode Island residents is the 'GED on TV' option. This option, as discussed on the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website,, is a state-approved, self-study preparation program.