1) How do I register for GED classes?
Students must take a placement test at the Hickory Ridge Building in order to register for ABE/GED classes. See Registration for dates and times of registration.
2) When and where do I take the placement test?
The placement test is given during registration times at the Hickory Ridge Building of Howard Community College. For some programs such as the distance learning option, Enhancing Basic Skills from Home, and the External Diploma Program, placement testing may be done at other times of the year by appointment.
3) What are the requirements to take GED classes?
To take a GED class, a student must be at least 16 years of age and officially withdrawn from school (for no specified amount of time).
4) Does the college give the GED Tests?
No, the GED Tests are not given at Howard Community College. There are several GED Testing Centers located throughout the State. The closest GED Testing Center to Howard Community College is the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville. For a complete listing of the GED Testing Centers, call the GED office at (410) 767-0538. TTY/TDD users should call (410) 333-6442.
5) Is financial aid available for GED classes or the External Diploma Program?
There is a very limited amount of scholarship money available for students who place into a GED class or the External Diploma Program but are unable to pay the tuition because of a severe financial hardship. Documentation of financial hardship will be required. The scholarship is $100 and the remainder of the tuition must be paid by the student at the time of registration. Also, under limited circumstances, students who place into a GED class or the External Diploma Program but are not eligible for a scholarship may arrange a payment plan to pay their tuition for the class. A down payment is required at the time of registration.
6) What are the Official Practice Tests (GED Practice Tests)?
The Official GED Practice Tests are tests that determine a student’s readiness to take the GED Tests. The tests are half the length of the actual GED and are scored on site the day they are administered. The tests are given by appointment or on specified Saturdays during the year. The cost for the tests is $20. Individuals who are considering taking these tests should have completed two years of high school English and taken algebra and geometry.
7) Am I required to take a GED class before I can take the GED?
No, but a student must be 16 years of age and officially withdrawn from high school for 90 days before he or she can take the GED Tests. Prior to taking the GED Tests, a student may want to contact the Office of Basic Skills to make arrangements for a skills assessment in reading, writing, and math. This assessment will help the student determine if he or she needs a class or if he or she is ready to take the Official Practice Tests (GED Practice Tests). The results of the Official Practice Tests will determine a student’s readiness to take the GED Tests.
8) Are there special accommodations available for those with disabilities who want to take the GED Tests?
Yes. For further information about accommodations, contact the GED Office at (410) 767-0538 or visit the Maryland Adult Literacy Resource Center. TTY/TDD users should call (410) 333-6442.
9) Are there any Adult Basic Education programs available for individuals who would like to improve their basic skills in reading, writing, and math and/or work towards a high school diploma but cannot attend classes on a regular basis because of work or family obligations?
Yes. Howard Community College’s Office of Basic Skills offers a distance learning option called “Enhancing Basic Skills from Home.” Students who choose this option borrow videos and instructional materials to study reading, math, writing, and parenting skills (if appropriate) at home at their own pace. Each week, they return during a scheduled class time for a one-hour, one-on-one session with an instructor who reviews their work and gives them their next assignment. This program is for motivated intermediate-level students only. Students do not have to be parents to complete this distance learning option. A placement test is required. See registration times or call Meredith at 443-518-4841 for more information.