G.E.D. Testing Information



Who May Take The G.E.D.?

Any adult resident of Massachusetts, age 16 or older, who has not graduated from high school, who is not enrolled in high school, and who does not have a high school equivalency diploma, may take the test.

Applicants 16 and 17 years of age must present a letter from the last school attended stating the date of discharge from the school. They also need a guardian’s signature on the registration form.

Is the Examination Available In Spanish?

The G.E.D. is also offered in Spanish on the Saturday dates.Registration and appointment procedures are the same for English or Spanish. The five subject tests are as follows:

Language Arts, Reading (65 minutes) - This test covers critical thinking, nonfiction prose, prose fiction, poetry and drama.

Language Arts, Writing (125 minutes) - Part 1 measures proficiency in sentence structure, usage and mechanics. Part 2 requires 120 words written essay on an assigned topic.

Mathematics (90 minutes) - Areas covered include: number sense and operations, measurement and geometry, data, statistics and probability, algebra, functions and patterns. Note: A Casio fx-260 calculator will be provided for use during Part One of the mathematics test. You should be familiar with the calculator before taking this test.

Science (80 minutes) - This test includes reading passages and data covering life sciences, earth and space, physics and chemistry.

Social Studies (70 minutes) - Questions cover national history, economics, civics and government, world history and geography.

How To Apply For The High School Equivalency Examination

Bring a money order for $65.00, a picture ID, and a withdrawal letter (if required) to the Adult Learning Center.

Make the money order payable to: BPS/ABEP BEDF #2198 No Refunds are issued.

Expect to spend about 30 minutes to complete the process.  Registration is open Monday through Friday, 8:30a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to:

G.E.D. Testing Program
Adult Learning Center

60 Geneva Avenue

Dorchester, MA 02121

Mailing Address:

60 Washington Street

Dorchester, MA 02121

Phone: 617.635.9300


Application and payment must be received two weeks prior to the next testing date. Make an appointment to begin testing.

If special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act are needed, please make an appointment with the Chief Examiner before you register.

How To Prepare For The High School Equivalency Examination

If you feel confident about your skills, get a G.E.D. book from the library or bookstore and try some practice tests. This will help you become familiar with the format, and identify any weak areas.

If you need to learn or review the material more carefully, there are additional low-cost or free classes offered at various locations throughout the Boston area to help you prepare. Please visit the Boston Adult Literacy website for more information.

2013 Testing Dates

Testing will take place at Madison Park/O'Bryant High School. You must have an appointment to test  

October 19

November 9

November 30

December 14

On the Day of the Test

Go to the testing site at Madison Park/O'Bryant High School on your appointment date, and arrive by 8:15 a.m.

Bring a photo I.D. with your signature to each testing session.
In order to test, you must have a photo I.D. NO I.D. = NO TEST = NO EXCEPTIONS

Bring two #2 pencils and a pen.

After testing, make an appointment in the Auditorium for another testing session.

All testing is done by appointment only. Testing appointments may also be made by calling 617-635-9300 until the Wednesday 10 days prior to testing.

How Do I Get To The Test Site?

Madison Park/O'Bryant High School is located at 55 Malcolm X Boulevard (accessible from the Orange Line Roxbury Crossing T stop). Additional directions are below. Enter the school via plaza near the flag poles. Look for the red doors with sign BOSTON CENTRAL ADULT HIGH SCHOOL. The school is adjacent to the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. Directions

Cancellations and Retest Policy

You may cancel an appointment by calling 617-635-9300 until 12:00 noon on Wednesday, three days before the scheduled test.

If you fail to keep your appointment or if you do not cancel by noon on Friday, you will be charged a $20.00 penalty fee.

If retests are necessary, appointments must be made. The cost of each retest is $15.00.

New G.E.D. Test in 2014

All English testers must successfully complete the G.E.D. test battery by the end of 2013. At that point, all scores become invalid all testers must begin the testing process again with the 2014 revised version of the G.E.D. test battery.

All Spanish testers must successfully complete the G.E.D. test by the end of 2014.  The revised Spanish version will be released in January 2015.

For information on how to register, contact

Katie Ehresman

Coordinator/Chief Examiner


Adult Learning Center                                                                

60 Geneva Avenue

Dorchester, MA 02121

Mailing Address:

60 Washington Street

Dorchester, MA 02121

Phone: 617.635.9300

Fax: 617.635.6748

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