GED in Kentucky

Kentucky is offering its residents the new computer-based GED® exam for the state’s high school equivalency testing program.

All across Kentucky, you can find numerous locations where GED preparation classes are offered that will support you in becoming totally ready to successfully take the HSE (high school equivalency) test successfully.

Four separate subtests

The GED exam comes with four separate subtests that can be taken individually within a 2-year period of time. The testing fields are Math, Science, Literacy, and Social Studies. Please note that the GED test is not offered online, you will have to come to a GED test center in person. The minimum required score per testing subject is now 145 (on a 100-200 scale). Read more here.

GED is accepted everywhere

After completing the GED exam you will receive a diploma that is all across America recognized and accepted as being comparable to high school diploma by virtually all businesses, government agencies, employers, recruiters, and colleges. Take also a look at our post about how to sign up for your GED exam at the portal MyGED.

No more paper-based testing

Obtaining the GED credential is crucial for individuals who did not finish high school, and is another chance for them to acquire a similar diploma. Getting the HSE diploma will certainly improve employment options and clear the way for a college education. GED testing is done entirely computer-based.

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GED prep classes in and around (choose the city nearest to you):

Bowling Green
Danville
Elizabethtown
Frankfort
Lexington
Louisville
Madisonville
Owensboro
Paducah
Pikeville
Richmond
Somerset

GED – Kentucky requirements

  • You must be 19, or be 18 and legally withdrawn for no less than 90 days.
  • Fee: GED exam is $120 ($30 per individual test) – retesting is $30 per test.
  • Kentucky requires state residency
  • If you are under 19, you need to take the official GED practice test first
  • You have no secondary credential and are not engaged in another program
  • In Kentucky, all applicants must complete adult education preparation classes, obtain the Test Readiness Certification, and successfully take the official GED Ready Test (practice test) before they are allowed to sit for the examination. All these prerequisites can be completed at the state’s Adult Education sites or through the KET GED Connection program *).
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Qualifying adults wanting to obtain their GED diploma now have more learning options in Kentucky, thanks to a recently introduced program by Kentucky Adult Education. The program is called GEDExpress, and is offered in all of the state’s 120 counties. This way, students can use an educational model which will help them to quickly earn their GED diploma to move on to higher education and allows for (better) employment. Some counties that had already introduced the GED Express program are seeing promising results. Kentucky Adult Education centers offer free GED test instruction, and to find an Adult Education center in your county, please contact  Kentucky Adult Education: 1-800-928-7323.

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Kentucky GED Testing Centers

Bowling Green
Bowling Green Tech College – 1127 Morgantown Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, 270-901-1037
Brownsville
Edmonson Co. Board of Education – 100 High School Rd, Brownsville, KY 42210, 502-597-2101
Cloverport
Cloverport ISD – 214 Main St, Cloverport, KY 40111, 270-788-3910
Danville
Danville High School – 203 E Lexington Ave, Danville, KY 40422, 859-238-1303 (CLOSED)
Elizabethtown
Elizabethtown Comm. and Tech College – 610 College St Road, Elizabethtown, KY 42701, 270-706-8482
Florence
Gateway Assessment Ctr – 500 Technology, Florence, KY 41042, 859-442-1159
Frankfort
Franklin Co. Board of Education – 916 E Main Stt, Frankfort | KY 40601 | 502 – 695 – 6700
Frankfort
Kentucky Ad. Education – 1024 Capital Center Dr, Frankfort, KY 40601, 502-564-5114
Henderson
Henderson Comm. College – 2660 South Green St, Henderson, KY 42420, 270-827-1867
Hopkinsville
Hopkinsville Comm. College – 720 North Dr, Hopkinsville, KY 42240, 270-707-3750
Irvine
Estill County Ad. Learning Ctr – 253 Main St, Irvine, KY 40336, 606-723-2181
Lexington
Bluegrass Comm. and Tech Coll. – 164 Opportunity Way, Lexington, KY 40511, 859-246-6670
Louisville
Jefferson Comm. and Tech College – 727 W. Chestnut St., Louisville-, KY 40203, 502.213-4189
Madisonville
Madisonville Comm. College – 100 School Ave, Madisonville, KY 42431, 270-824-1701
Maysville
Maysville Comm. and Tech College – 1755 U.S. Hwy. 68 S, Maysville, KY 41056, 606-759-7141
McKee
Jackson Co. Ad. Education Ctr – 526 South Main St, McKee, KY 40447, 606-287-7181
Newport
Newport Independent Schools – 30 West 8th St | Newport | KY 41071 | 859 – 292 – 3056
Nicholasville
Jessamine Co. Ad. Education – 501 E Maple St, Nicholasville, KY 40356, 859-887-9052
Owensboro
Owensboro Tech College – 1501 Frederica St, Owensboro, KY 42301, 270-686-4444
Paducah
W. KY Comm. and Tech Coll. – 4810 Alben Barkley Dr, Paducah, KY 42002, 270-534-3853
Princeton
Caldwell Co. Ad. Education Ctr – 612 W Washington, Princeton, KY 42445, 270-365-8052
Richmond
East Kentucky University – 521 Lancaster Ave, Richmond, KY 40475, 859-622-8367
Russellville
Logan Co. Board of Education – 2222 Bowling Green Rd, Russellville, KY 42276, 270-726-2436
Scottsville
Allen Co. Center – 570 Oliver St, Scottsville, KY 42164, 270-237-4492
Shelbyville
Ohio Valley Education Cooperative – 100 Alpine Dr, Shelbyville, KY 40065, 502-647-3533
Stanton
Powell Co. Board of Education – 691 Breckenridge St, Stanton, KY 40380, 606-663-3300
Tompkinsville
Monroe Co. Board of Education – 309 Emberton St, Tompkinsville, KY 42167, 270-487-5456

Kentucky Adult Education, Council on Postsecondary Education
1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 250, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

Questions? Call Kentucky’s state office at 800-928-7323

Are adjustments required? This is the link to our contact page.

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How to start GED preparation

Not everyone qualifies for the GED program. You must not have finished high school, and cannot be engaged in a school program. Get in touch with your nearest GED prep center and find out if you qualify. Check also this website’s many relevant posts for additional information. By the time you have the idea that you are ready to go the GED path, stick to these guidelines to get ahead: first, contact your nearest GED prep center to see if you may qualify and if you do, check out testing dates and fees. Become informed, and try to discover as many details as possible from the local GED test center.

One GED test at a time

Be perfectly prepared by the time you take the GED exam. The new GED exam includes four independent tests that can be taken separately but need to be completed within two years. Bookstores and libraries have lots of prep materials, and in your area you can find GED classes (see the list above). There are also some pretty good online GED courses free of charge. Come to the GED exam prepared, take the exam, and get your GED diploma. You will see that when it comes to proper GED preparation, there are so many options.

The most important reason why people think about going for the GED exam is that they don’t have a high school diploma. Nowadays, if you don’t have a high school education you will have no chance to get hired for virtually any kind of job. Without a high school education, it is not possible for anyone to get admission into a college or university.

Kentucky Virtual Adult Education

You can decide to join one of the many (for Kentucky residents free) GED prep classes available in your neighborhood all across the state. You can also get books from your local library or bookstore, or sign up for online GED courses (a good option is the Kentucky Virtual Adult Education). Even if you prefer to study in front of the television, you can discover a great GED TV preparation program called GED Connection.

The GED exam includes four individual tests in the subject fields of Social Studies, Science, Math, and Literacy. Go to GED.com for all relevant information and sign up with MyGED to get access to an online portal that will guide you through all the processes and provide a wealth of information about schools, their programs, and developments on the employment market and job options.

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Jobs with the GED diploma

The state of Kentucky has an unemployment rate of around 8.5 percent, and if you don’t want to be part of that demographic, and you don’t have a secondary education credential, get up and complete your high school education using the path of the General Education Development program.

Since the GED program was introduced in the 1940’s, alone in Kentucky almost 440,000 adults have received their GED credential. Holding the GED diploma will open doors for you that remained previously closed. It gives you the chance to change your job or your career, it will enable you to further your education and will positively impact your personal life.

GED and your income

GED Testing Service reports that people who hold a secondary school credential are expected to earn some $570,000 more in their careers than those who do not. Over the past years, the Kentucky economy has added more than 3,100 new jobs annually in the sectors of Healthcare, Education, and Finance. Most of these new jobs are at the entry-level but require applicants to have at least a secondary education credential (HS or GED diploma).

To qualify for the GED exam in Kentucky you need to be at least 19 years old, not possess a secondary education diploma, acquire the state’s Test Readiness Certification, take and pass the Kentucky GED practice test, and be a resident of Kentucky. For teenagers 16, 17, and 18 years old, specific regulations apply, so contact your GED test site. See also *) For many years, Kentucky residents have been able to take the GED exam from age 16 (when they had special permission), but this has changed. Now students must be the age of 18 to be able to enroll in an adult education program.

*) KET GED Connection program

An estimated 750,000 Kentucky adults don’t have a secondary education degree (high school or GED diploma), almost twenty percent of all adult Americans lack a high school diploma, and each year, over one million are added to the legion that dropped out of high school. These statistics are shocking. Individuals who don’t have a secondary credential are highly unlikely to ever get a job and to end up in poverty, and get into trouble with the law (three out of four prison inmates are high school dropouts).

The CPB (The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has developed the American Graduate initiative, and KET was chosen to produce a series of inspiring stories of great Americans who quit high school but have been “dropping back in” and now are highly successful. “Dropping Back In” is series of four 30-minutes documentaries that will also broadcast nationwide on PBS member stations.

Via the documentaries, Kentucky residents may better understand the difficulties that high school dropouts will face, and learn about people and institutions around the nation that help adults get back on the pathway to college and professional success. If you want to learn more about the documentaries “Dropping Back In”, or KET’s brand new online GED preparation course “Fast Forward”, go to KET.org.

In 67 Kentucky counties, McDonald’s restaurants have joined forces to stimulate GED education via in-store promotions that are funded by the restaurant managers and owners. Customers at various McDonald’s restaurants in Central and Southeastern Kentucky will find tray-liners carrying a message that makes them aware of the importance of attaining the GED credential. This is actually the 12th year that McDonald’s restaurant owners join forces with the KY Adult Education Department to stimulate adults to get their GED diploma.

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