GED TEST - West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma

The West Virginia GED

If you are a West Virginia resident looking to obtain your GED, this article contains important WV GED information. Information in this article includes registration restrictions and test center information.

What is the Format?

The entire GED exam is composed of five different sections: Language Arts - Writing; Social Studies; Science; Language Arts - Reading; and Mathematics. The Language Arts, Writing and Mathematics tests are divided into two sections. Part I of the Mathematics test allows you to use a Casio FX-260 calculator (provided.) However, Part II of the Mathematics section does not allow you to use a calculator. Part II of the Language Arts - Writing section requires you to write a short essay. Other than that section, the GED is made of multiple-choice questions.

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

According to West Virginia's Adult Distance Education Program,, you must achieve a total score of 2250 points or above and a standard score of at least a 410 on all of the five subtests to pass the GED. If you fail the exam, you have a total of three years to successfully complete all five sections and acquire your GED credential.

Who is Eligible?

The following is a general set of eligibility requirements, as adapted from the West Virginia Adult Distance Education Program, but the best idea is to contact your local testing center (explained below) to determine eligibility:

  • You are at least 16 years of age.
  • You are not currently enrolled in high school.
  • You do not have a high school diploma or equivalent.

If you are between 16 and 18 years of age, your testing center will inform you of additional requirements. Also, you DO NOT have to be a West Virginia resident to take the GED in WV.

How do I Register and What Does it Cost?

You must register in person at the testing center that you intend to take the actual GED. The following link, provided by the West Virginia Adult Distance Education Program, gives a listing of official West Virginia testing centers: While each testing center rates vary, they are not allowed to exceed $50, so plan accordingly when registering. Also, when registering for the GED, don't forget to bring a photo ID and your social security card.

How do I Prepare?

You can prepare for the GED by studying independently or by taking a preparation course. Most people benefit from a preparation class (usually located at the same site as your testing center.) If time constraints or prior obligations prevent you from taking a preparation course, independent study can be productive. Try visiting your local library and use its study materials. Also, try going online to find free GED study lessons and free practice tests.