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GED Testing

Duplicate Transcripts & Diplomas

GED TranscriptIf you have already taken and passed the GED test, here are instructions for obtaining duplicate transcripts and diplomas. 

  1. Go to
  2. At the top of the page, click on Request Transcript
  3. Carefully read and follow instructions
  4. Pay $15 with a debit or credit card.
  5. OR to place an order by phone call Parchment Exchange Customer Support at 888-906-4031.

Employer Verifications

If an employer or company needs to verify that you have your GED, the human resources representative may go to this website:

GED testWhere and When to Test

Decatur Campus

Adult Education & Testing Building, Room 110
6250 Hwy. 31 North, Tanner, AL 35671
(256) 306-2610

Huntsville Campus
Adult Education Department, Room 316
315-B Wynn Drive, Huntsville, AL 35805
(256) 713-4809


To register for the GED exam, go to  Students may take any or all parts of the test at their option and convenience, limited only by the availability of testing appointments on the date and time of their choosing. 

GED ReadyPreparing to Test

Although it is not mandatory, Calhoun’s GED Examiners strongly recommend that candidates study and take practice tests before taking the real GED tests.

***FREE*** GED Prep Classes at Calhoun

Calhoun’s Adult Education Department offers FREE GED prep classes.  When students are ready, teachers in these classes will give them GED Ready® practice tests to determine readiness for the real exam.  

To register for GED classes, you must take the TABE test (sometimes referred to the GED Assessment Test) which is given on Mondays at both Calhoun campuses.  You should arrive at either 7:45 am or 4:45 pm.  Bring a driver’s license and social security/tax ID card to: 

Calhoun Decatur Campus
Go to the Adult Education & Testing Building (building #9).  Enter the front doors and have a seat in the lobby.  

Calhoun Huntsville Campus
Go to the older building and enter the Adult Education entrance.  Wait in the front lobby.  

For more information, Huntsville campus call 256-890-4793 or Decatur campus call 256-306-2830. 

GED Ready® Practice Test

GED ReadyYou can take GED Ready ® practice tests on your own, without being involved in GED classes.  Afterwards, you will know if you are likely to pass the real tests.  You will also receive a score report with specific instructions on what to study to pass the test.  The test questions look exactly like the real test, so you will be better prepared on test day.  The cost for each test is $6.00 per subject, and it must be taken on a computer.  GED Ready® practice tests are typically half the length of the actual tests. 

What’s on the GED Test?

What's on the test?

Reasoning Through Language Arts

  • 150 minutes long
  • Measures your ability to read closely, write clearly, and edit and understand written text
  • You will have 45 minutes to write an essay.

Mathematical Reasoning

  • 115 minutes long
  • Includes quantitative & algebraic problem solving
  • Calculator use is permitted on the second part of the test​


  • 90 minutes long
  • Includes life science, physical science, earth and space science
  • Calculator use is permitted

Social Studies 

  • 70 minutes long
  • Includes civics and government, U.S. history, economics, geography and the world
  • Calculator use is permitted

GED CostsHow Much Does It Cost?

The cost of each GED® exam is $30 or $120 for the entire test (with no re-takes).  You may pay for and take one subject at a time or multiple subjects if you choose.

What Happens if I Fail a Test?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes ($10) for each subject area taken.  
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply. 
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay $30 to test again, and then you will receive two more discounted retakes. 

++++ Wait time after a failed test ++++
A student can take his or her first three attempts per subject area without wait time restrictions. All subsequent attempts are subject to a 60-day waiting period between attempts. There is no maximum limit to the number of attempts per student within a year. The total number of attempts is dependent on when a student schedules his or her test.

Free GED Test Question Preview

GED ScoresScores

After you test, go to and click on Scores to see how you did.  You must score a 145 on each module and 580 on the entire test battery (all four parts combined).

  • GED ScoresBelow Passing: 100-144
  • GED® Passing Score: 145-164
  • GED® College Ready: 165-174
  • GED® College Ready + Credit: 175-200

Both the GED® College Ready and the GED® College Ready + Credit scores show you have what it takes to succeed in college or on the job. Earn the GED® College Ready + Credit score and you could receive up to 10 college credits to apply to your course of study.

Most tests are scored the same day by an automated scoring computer program - sometimes within minutes.  Keep in mind, however, that if a test has to be scored by a human, it could take up to three business days to receive a score.

Test Penalties

There is no penalty for a wrong answer.  Test-takers should attempt to answer all the questions on the test. 

GED languagesLanguages

The GED is given in English and Castillian Spanish (spoken in Spain and Puerto Rico).  Also, Alabama residents are allowed to combine different language versions of the GED® test to earn their credential. 

Should I Bring a Pencil or Calculator With Me?

You do not need to bring any testing materials with you on test day.  

You don’t have to buy a calculator! We have plenty for you to use during your tests.

IDWhat Identification Should I Bring?

Bring a government-issued identification card (ex. a driver’s license or passport).  
Make sure the document:

  1. Is valid - not expired
  2. Has your photo on it
  3. Has your signature on it
  4. Includes your date of birth
  5. Includes an expiration date

If you have questions about identification, contact: Kimberly Fellows, Chief GED Examiner,, (256) 306-2610 or (256) 713-4809. 


The purpose of accommodations is to provide candidates with full access to the GED® test. However, accommodations are not a guarantee of improved performance or test completion. GED Testing Service provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations to individuals with documented disabilities who demonstrate a need for accommodations. GED® test accommodations may include things such as a separate testing room, extra testing time, extra breaks. 

For more information, visit: 

GED Test Age Restrictions

Alabama Act 2009-564 stipulates that students between the ages of 7 and 17 are required to attend public school, private school, church school, or be taught at home by a private tutor.  Based on this law, there are specific requirements for students, 16 and 17 years of age, who wish to take the GED® Test.

Student 16 Years of Age

For a sixteen year old student to take the GED® Test, state approval must be granted based on the following:

  1. Student must present a notarized Certificate of Exemption from the student’s last school system attended and a notarized Parental Permission Form.


​If the student attended and dropped out of a private school, church school, or private tutor program, the student must present a notarized letter from his/her parent or legal guardian naming the school, providing the drop-out date, and stating the student has dropped out of school, and has permission to be administered the GED® Test. (Parental Permission Form)

  1. Student must have TABE test scores (in all three sub-skill tests) at a minimum of ASE Low, with a grade equivalent of 9.0 or higher


Student must have official GED® Ready test scores in Math and RLA of “Likely to Pass”

Student 17 Years of Age

For a seventeen-year-old student to take the GED® Test, state approval must be granted based on the following:

Individuals attending Public School

  1. Student must have participated in an exit interview with their high school administration and provide a signed Exit Interview Form.
  2. Student must provide a notarized and signed letter from his/her parent or legal guardian, naming the school, providing the drop-out date, and providing parental permission for the student to be administered the GED® Test. (Parental Permission Form)

Individuals attending Private School, Church School, or Private Tutoring Program

Student must present a notarized letter from his/her parent or legal guardian naming the school, providing the drop-out date, and stating the student has dropped out of school, and has permission to be administered the GED® Test. (Parental Permission Form)

*If a 17 year-old, Option 2 HSO student chooses the GED® Test option, the above does apply.

** Court mandated individuals, ages 16 or 17, must provide official documentation to test.

All documentation must be turned in to the GED Testing office on either Calhoun campus.  For more information, contact: 

Kimberly Fellows
Chief GED Examiner
Phone: (256) 306-2610 or (256) 713-4809

I Took Part of the Old GED Test but I Didn’t Pass

Scores from older versions of the GED test cannot be mixed with the new GED 2014 computerized series test that is currently being used.  The new GED test is scored differently, and it is based on college and career readiness standards, unlike the old test.  

If you have taken part of the old test, but didn’t pass it on or before December 31, 2013, you will have to start the testing process all over again.

Aim Higher

What Happens When I Pass the GED Test?

1.  Receive a Digital Transcript & Diploma

As soon as you pass the 2014 GED® test series, you will receive a secure, electronic PDF document delivered to your email that contains your transcript and diploma. You will have 60 days to download and save the documents. During the 60 days, you may download them seven times for free. Save the transcript to a computer, a flash drive, the cloud, etc.  

The digital documents are OFFICIAL documents.  You can personally send them to colleges, training centers, employers, etc. without having to go through the GED testing office at Calhoun.

2.  diplomaOrder a Printed Diploma

You should order your printed diploma using your account.  The free diploma link will only be available until it has been used; it can only be used one time. 

1.    Go to and log in
2.    Navigate to My Scores 
3.    Select the Order Duplicates link
4.    Select Diploma option
5.    Select the Printed Diploma – Free option
6.    Fill in who and what address you want the diploma to be mailed to
7.    Carefully follow the instructions presented during the ordering process

3.  ***Free*** College Class

Once you have successfully completed your GED test, you are automatically eligible to take one (1) free 3-credit-hour college-level course at Calhoun or any Alabama state community college.  If you choose Calhoun, contact Carla Larry, Executive Secretary - Business Office, Math Science Admin Bldg, Decatur Campus, 256-306-2540,

4.  Transition Counseling

Immediately after receiving your GED, you should speak to an Adult Education Transition Counselor about college and career choices. Transition counselors can help you consider what to do next.  

In Huntsville contact: Mary Lou Daniels - 256-713-4810,
In Decatur contact: Monica Sudeall-Hawkins - 256-306-2942,

5.  GED Graduation

Students passing the GED exam are eligible to participate in the GED graduation ceremony that is held each year in May.  For more information, contact the Adult Education Secretary, 256-306-2830 or 

6.  Post-GED Opportunities

Having your GED can open many doors of opportunity for you.  Consider the following:

  • College degrees.  Consider Calhoun’s many options
  • Job Training. Calhoun’s Workforce Solutions offers non-credit training programs such as CDL Truck Driving, Industrial Training, or Healthcare Training. Visit the Workforce solutions website.   
  • Alabama Certified Worker (ACW) Certificate.  Alabama’s Ready-to-Work program provides a career pathway for adults with limited education and employment.  Earn entry-level skills required for employment with most businesses and industries in Alabama. Visit the Ready to Work website.  
  • The Alabama Workforce Investment Act (WIOA) is a grant program that may provide financial assistance for training programs through Calhoun Workforce Solutions.  For more information, visit your local Alabama Career Center website website:
  • Join the military.  Visit the For more information, see "Can You Join the Military with a GED." 

GED Testing

Our Staff

Kimberly Fellows, Chief Examiner

Patty Way, Alternate Examiner

John Shirley, GED Examiner 

Our Office Locations

Decatur Office
Adult Education & Testing
Building No. 9, Room 110
6250 Hwy. 31 North
Tanner, AL 35671
(256) 306-2610

Huntsville Office
Adult Education Dept.
Room 316
315-B Wynn Drive
Huntsville, AL 35805
(256) 713-4809

Send us Mail

Calhoun Community College
GED Testing
PO Box 2216
Decatur, AL  35609

Forms for 16 & 17 year olds

GED Test Application

Parental Permission

Certificate of Exemption

Student Exit Interview