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Adult Basic Skills and GED Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to questions we get asked a lot. If you have any additional questions contact AACC’s Office of Adult Basic Skills at 410-777-1823.
­Am I eligible to take Adult Basic Skills/GED® Test Preparation Classes?
You are eligible to take Adult Basic Skills/GED® Test Preparation classes if you:
are at least 16 years old
are officially withdrawn from high school
have attended an Adult Basic Skill orientation and assessment session

What does GED® stand for?
General Educational Development

How can I earn my high school diploma?
There are three ways that a Maryland resident can earn their high school diploma if they have withdrawn from public school:
1) Graduate from high school
2) Take the Maryland State GED® Test administered by the Maryland Department of Labor and Licensing and delivered at state approved testing center.
3) Successfully complete the National External Diploma Program (NEDP) administered by CASAS.

What does it cost to take the actual GED® exam?
$45 first time scheduling fee Tests can be taken individually at $11.25 per test
For more information regarding the GED exam, please visit https://ged.com

Do you teach people to read?
No. We refer those who cannot read to the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council@ 410-269-4419. Student must be able to read, write and have some math skills to qualify for Adult Basic Skills classes.

Are Adult Basic Skills classes appropriate for people that speak English as their Second Language?
­ Possibly. Student must be able to read and write independently in English and have some math skills to qualify for Adult Basic Skills classes. Non-native English speakers who need help with English skills, should contact AACC’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Office @ 410-777-2901.