There are three ways Maryland residents can earn their high school diploma:
General Educational Development
You are eligible to take Adult Basic Skills/GED® Test Preparation classes if you:
No, an individual must be at least 18 years old and officially withdrawn from high school to participate in the program.
No. Only a student herself/himself can schedule an orientation appointment. Book your orientation and assessment now.
AACC offers ABS/ GED® Test Preparation classes at no cost to students.
It varies greatly depending on the last grade you completed, how long you have been out of school and how much time you prepare for the test.
No. Currently all GED® orientation sessions are held during the day beginning promptly at 9 a.m. and ending around 2 p.m.
Your start date, which will be determined after you have attended an orientation session, will depend upon the availability of classes at that time.
Yes, we offer evening, morning and weekend classes at different locations. For detailed class schedule click here.
We offer online and in-person ABS and GED® Test Preparation classes. To participate fully in online classes, you need access to the internet and a computer (desktop, laptop or Chromebook) with webcam, speakers and microphone.
Yes, in Maryland you can take the GED® test in English and Spanish, except for the Reasoning Through Language Arts section, which must be taken in English. If you are considering taking any of the subjects in Spanish, it is highly recommended that you take the GED Ready® practice test before taking the official GED® test in that subject. Keep in mind that we offer the ABS/GED® classes only in English. AACC offers English Language Learning (ELL) classes to help you improve English language skills.
No. We refer those who cannot read to the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council. Students must be able to read independently, write and have basic math skills to enroll in classes.
AACC is a certified official testing location; however you must book your appointment through the GED Testing Service.
To request diplomas, copies and transcripts, visit the GED® Testing Service website or contact GED® testing service at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-EXAM-GED (877-392-6433). For information about GED® testing in Maryland, visit the Maryland Department of Labor website.
National External Diploma Program.
You are eligible to enroll in the NEDP® program if you:
Before registering for the program, you must attend an orientation and assessment session in person. During this session, you will learn about the NEDP® program, complete a timed test in reading and math, and discuss your educational plan with a member of the intake team.
Only a student herself/himself can schedule an orientation appointment.
NEDP® is designed for self-directed adults with high school level skills. Participants must have some familiarity using a computer. This flexible program allows participants to complete assignments at home and to set their own pace. You will meet regularly with an NEDP® advisor to demonstrate competency in the various skills.
It can be a very good fit for self-directed students who do not thrive in a classroom environment or who have difficulty with standardized testing.
AACC’s NEDP® program is free to participants.
The NEDP® does not include a teaching component, and participants are responsible for learning the skills needed to complete assignments independently.
This is self-paced program. Your skill level at the time you begin the program and the amount of time you can devote to coursework determine the length of time required to complete the program.
Upon completion, you will be awarded a high school diploma by the Maryland Department of Labor. There is open enrollment throughout the year.
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