To take the GED you must be at least 17 years old and have not graduated from an accredited high school or have not received a high school equivalency diploma, and are not currently enrolled in a regular high school. Candidates who are 16 may test if they are court-ordered to do so.
For GED preparation work, a $25 fee is required every three months. As part of the preparation work, students are also required to take CASAS assessments in math and reading. These tests are separate from GED testing, but are a required program element.
Once students are approved for official testing, a $125 non-refundable comprehensive fee must be paid prior to the start of official testing. There is a $5 fee for each test that must be retaken. State policy requires that a minimum of six months elapse between testing and retesting unless the candidate has the written permission from a Kirkwood GED instructor verifying additional study has taken place.
Anyone preparing to take GED examinations must complete a set of practice tests at a Kirkwood Learning Center to discover any areas af weakness that need to be studied prior to taking the final GED exams. The GED candidate must have a score of 500 or better on the GED practice tests in order to take the official tests. Study materials, classes and computer instruction are available at the centers to help students prepare to pass the GED exams.