Downtown Campus, Rm. M216
Mon: 8:30-10 a.m.
Tue: 8:30-11 a.m., 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Wed: 8:30-11 a.m.
Thu: 8:30-11 a.m.
Fri: 8:30-10 a.m.
South Campus, Rm. 105 By appt. only
Bates Technical College provides General Education Development (GED) testing to those who have not completed the requirements to earn a high school diploma and who wish to earn a GED certificate.
The GED is a paper and pencil test comprised of five individual tests: Language Arts Writing, Language Arts Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. GED tests are offered at Bates on Tuesdays and Thursdays at specified times. Cost for the complete GED battery is $150, or $30 per test or retest.
Please Note: The current form of the GED test will be available until
Nov. 21, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2013, all in-progress GED testing will be deleted. A new high school equivalency exam will begin Jan. 2, 2014.
Prior to testing, prospective examinees must attend a GED Pre-Registration Session. The Pre-Registration Session is a formal informational session to explain the process and procedures for completing the GED. Pre-Registrations are typically scheduled on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. and begin promptly at the scheduled time. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the session with valid government-issued photo identification. The session will last approximately 45 minutes. After attending the Pre-Registration session, you are able to begin testing as early as the following week. The last day to complete Pre-Registration will be Wednesday, August 21st, 2013.
When testing, purchase a GED Payment Card for $30 at the Cashier's Office, M210. Each GED Payment Card entitles you to take one test. Check in at the Assessment Center with valid government-issued photo ID and your Payment Card prior to posted test times. Testing begins promptly at the designated time; please note that those arriving at the Assessment Center after the scheduled test start time will not be admitted. All testing is first-come, first-served, walk-in, and there is a limit of 20 examinees per test session.
If you are under the age of 19 and have not yet graduated from high school, you will need a Request for Approval to Test form signed by your school district or high school principal. You can pick up the form from the school district office in which you reside or from your high school's authorized personnel. Please note that you cannot take the GED tests if you are currently enrolled in any high school credit program.
For those who need additional classes as a review before they are ready to test, Bates offers Basic Studies classes at its Downtown and South Campuses, and at some off-campus sites. At the GED orientation sessions, the Adult Basic Education instructors administer the CASAS test (to establish math and English placement) and assist students with enrolling for classes. Come to a Downtown or South Campus Basic Studies Educational Planning (BSEP) session to get information and register for a Basic Studies class.