Rhode Island has welcomed the all new GED exam for assessing its residents’ high school equivalency level of their skills and knowledge. The exam is totally computer-based, and you can find quite a few locations where GED programs are available that will support you in becoming well prepared to sit for the Rhode Island GED® exam confidently.

Adjusted GED scoring

In early 2016, GED Testing Service (the publisher of the GED test program) adjusted the passing score for each of the four tests. Studies had shown that the required score (150, on a 100-200 scale) was set at a slightly too high level, so it was lowered to 145. You can read all about it here.

Four subtests

After successful completion of the GED exam, you will receive the GED diploma, which is accepted by practically every US employer and college as equivalent to a common high school diploma. The four independent tests (modules) are in the fields of Math, Science, Social Studies, and Literacy.

Online testing is NOT possible

Please be aware of con artists who try to sell you the GED diploma online. This is fraud. You need to come in person to an official GED test center to take the four GED tests. It just is NOT available online! To learn all prep locations around you, we list prep classes in and around these cities. Read also our post about signing up for your GED exam at MyGED.

GED prep classes in and around (click on your nearest city):


GED Requirements in Rhode Island

  • The minimum Rhode Island age is 19, and for 16, 17, or 18 years old applicants there are certain conditions. Check with a GED testing site near you
  • You need to pass the official Rhode Island GED Practice Test
  • Fee is $120 for all 4 tests – $30 per subject field
  • You  must be a resident of Rhode Island
  • You did not complete high school and are not signed up for another program

Rhode Island GED testing sites

Alternative Education Programs – 205 Norwood Ave, Cranston, Rhode Island 02905, 401 . 270 . 8166
Comm. Coll. of Rhode Island – Flanagan Campus – Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865, 401 . 333 . 7070
Aquidneck Island Ad Education Center – 435 Broadway, Newport, Rhode Island 02840, 401 . 847 . 7171
Peace Dale
The Education Exchange – 33 North Rd. Unit C-1, Lily Pads Center, Peace Dale, Rhode Island 02879, 401 . 783 . 0293
Comm. College of Rhode Island – 1 Hilton Street, Providence, RI 02907, 401 . 455 . 6019
RI Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education – 255 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903, 401 . 222 . 8478
Bristol County Adult Learning Center – 689 Main Street, Warren, RI 02885, 401 . 245 . 3392
Warwick Area Adult Learning Center – 575 Centerville Rd, Warwick, Rhode Island 02886, 401 . 734 . 3156
Woonsocket Ad. Learning Ctr – 191 Social St – Woonsocket, Rhode Island 02895, 401 . 762 . 3841

Questions? Call Rhode Island’s state office: 401 . 222 . 8949

GED – how to get started

You can not already have a high school diploma or similar if you want to enroll in the GED program and you cannot be registered for another school program either. When you think that the GED test route is your ticket, take these guidelines at heart and get ahead in obtaining this important diploma. Find a GED prep facility near you and learn about their registration policy. Get fully informed about requirements and regulations and sign up for a GED prep class. 

Make sure you will be properly prepared when you take (one of) the four tests. Every local bookstore or library can supply study material and there is much offered online as well, but probably the best GED preparation is provided at one of the many facilities near you where free preparation classes are offered. Prepare Well, take the exam, and get your GED credential.

Jobs with a GED

The GED exam plays an important role in the national and regional economy, and adults who failed to complete their high school education can really benefit from the possibility that the GED offers.

Practically all governmental institutions and businesses recognize the GED diploma as a basis for their recruitment programs, and colleges and universities consider the GED diploma as equivalent to a high school diploma.

Employees who pass the GED exam are sooner in for promotion than those who don’t. Without the GED diploma, adults who did not complete high school, have much more difficulty in securing a good job. Around every decade, the GED exam gets evaluated and adjusted to newer university and industry standards.

GED passing score

When the latest edition of the GED program was introduced in January 2014, the minimum score on each of the four sub-tests was determined at 150 on a 100-200 scoring scale. This was apparently too high as GED graduated were outperforming their high school peers. So in early 2016, the passing score was lowered to 145.
100-144: non-passing score
145-164: high school equivalency passing score
165-174: college-ready passing score
175-200: college-ready + credit score

The four GED tests

In January 2014, the new GED exam was introduced with changes that were necessary to let the test remain a reliable high school diploma alternative. The new GED exam includes four tests in the following subject areas: Science, Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies. You can take one subject at the time (module), prepare for it, register and pay only for that section online, and take the test, and you can take the whole series of four tests like this. You scores are valid for two years!

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