Earn Your GED®


Why earn your GED®?

Most jobs require a GED®. Having a diploma opens broader employment opportunities and provides the foundation for continuing one’s education. The Thomas Jefferson Adult Career Education division at Piedmont Virginia Community College (TJACE @PVCC) can
help you earn your diploma…for FREE!

The state of Virginia will cover the cost of the GED® in each subject when you enroll in an adult education program. View conditions.

What type GED® classes are offered at TJACE @PVCC?

TJACE @PVCC offers in-person and online GED®/Core Skills Training classes. These classes help students focus on improving skills in reading, writing and math, in preparation for success on the GED® test. Instruction includes the GED® subject areas—math, science, social studies and language arts, as well as computer and job skills. Find current class listings at www.pvcc.edu/tjace.

TJACE offers synchronous Zoom classes, online self-study and in-person options as well as free practice tests so you can earn a GED® your way! Students should have access to a computer with Internet, basic computer skills, and be able to devote a minimum of six hours per week to the program.

What should I expect on the GED® test?

The computer-based GED® test has four subject areas: mathematics,reasoning through language arts, science and social studies. Each
subject tests skills and knowledge in the four areas.

Questions are a combination of multiple-choice, “drag and drop,” fill in the blank, short answer and extended response. A minimum score of 145 must be attained on each section to earn a GED® Certificate. Each section is scheduled separately at an official state testing center and paid for on the GED website.

TJACE @PVCC students can earn free GED® test vouchers after meeting attendance requirements and passing the GED® Ready tests.

Benefits of earning a GED®

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Whether your next step is a college or a job application, earning your GED® will help you get there. Over 20 million people have passed the GED® test and earned their high school diploma. You can too!

  • On average, people with a high school diploma earn $9,000 more per year.

  • The GED® credential is accepted by over 97% of employers and colleges.

  • The unemployment rate is lower for those with a high school diploma.

  • Sixty percent of recent GED® graduates are enrolled in college.

  • Virginia has an 80% pass rate on the GED®.

National External Diploma Program

A high school diploma can also be earned through the self-guided National External Diploma Program (NEDP). The NEDP is an online, self-paced program that allows students to use life and work experience to demonstrate reading, writing and math skills at the high school level. This online program for adults offers the flexibility to earn a diploma while employed full-time or in job training. Learn more about the National External Diploma program now.

Get Started Today

Email TJACE@pvcc.edu or call 434-961-5461 to get started today!