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GED®  Certificate Program

The GED® testing program in Delaware is a branch of the James H. Groves Adult High School program that provides an additional means of securing a secondary education through testing.  Persons who satisfactorily pass the GED® tests and other state requirements are issued a “State Board of Education Document of Endorsement of Secondary Attainment.”  The program is approved through federal licensing and state guidelines.

The state document issued as a result of passing the tests is accepted in Delaware to satisfy high school completion requirements for some college admissions, business, industry, state and civil service employment, and state licensing requirements.


The GED® Process


The Marshallton Education Center offers a free reading and math assessment, the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABETM), to all adults interested in obtaining the GED®.  Assessments are scheduled during the day at 9:00 AM, and evenings at 5:30 PM to accommodate the schedules of the adult student.  To register, call the AED office at (302) 683-3642.

Persons interested in taking the Official GED® Practice Test (OPT), must have a score of at least the 11th grade level equivalency in both reading and math on the TABETM assessment test to qualify for the OPT.  Individuals with scores under the 11th grade level are encouraged to attend classes at Marshallton.


 Official GED® Practice Test

To qualify for the GED® Test candidates must pass the Official GED® Practice Test (OPT) with a total score of 2450 with no less than 470 in each subtest area.  The OPT is conducted under the same testing conditions as the Official GED®.  The test requires two evenings to complete.  To sign up for the OPT you must register in person at the Marshallton Adult Education office at least a week before the date the test is given.  The OPT fee is $35.00.  Testing begins at 5:30 p.m.  Test candidates are instructed to arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the start time.


Requirements For Issuance of a State Endorsement (GED® Test Credential)

Any resident of the State of Delaware who is 16 years of age or older, who has not graduated from high school, may become a candidate for the GED® provided the candidate meets the following minimum requirements:

1.  Those candidates who are 16 or 17 may apply.  In addition to meeting all of the Official GED® Practice Test scores, they must comply with the requirements listed below:

  • Candidates must be officially withdrawn from a regular high school program.
  • A committee established by the State Director of Adult Education must consider and approve the request for a waiver.
  • As part of the waiver process, candidates must provide an Official Transcript, a withdraw slip, and a written request for a waiver consideration.
  • The class of initial school entry, in which the candidate was a member, must have graduated from high school in order for the actual GED® Certificate to be awarded.

2.  Candidates at least 18 years of age are not required to meet the conditions listed above.

3.   The candidate must achieve a standard score of at least 410 on each subtest and a total score of 2250 for all tests.


Description of GED® TESTS


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