Information about the GED Test

To be admitted to a degree or certificate program at Middlesex, you must have earned a high school diploma or GED. The  General Educational Development (GED) Tests give you the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency diploma.  You are eligible to take the GED tests if you are currently not enrolled in, and have not graduated from, high school. In Massachusetts, you must be 18 years old to take the test. If you are 16 or 17 you may take the test if you are able to provide an official letter of withdrawal from your last school of attendance on file.  If you are planning to take the GED tests in Massachusetts, you must be a resident of the state, or the last secondary school you attended must be in Massachusetts.  If you are in the U.S. Armed Forces, you will be required to have proof of continued residence in Massachusetts.

You can take the tests at any of the 33 GED Test Centers located in Massachusetts.  You must take the tests in person; there are no online tests. Select this link, for a complete list of GED testing centers in Massachusetts.

We do recommend that you prepare for the tests.  Many adult education programs provide instruction for the tests. The Adult Learning Center, located on MCC's Bedford campus, is a free program funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.  Call 781-280-3665 for additional information.

To earn your GED you will need to pass five separate tests in the following subject areas:

  • Language Arts -Writing Skills
  • Language Arts - Reading
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Mathematics

The questions in each test require you to use general knowledge and thinking skills.

There is a $65 cost to take all five tests and a $15 charge if you need to re-test in any area.  You must complete all five GED tests within one year from the date of the first test taken.  If you require special accommodations due to a documented disability, please visit

Last Modified: 7/31/13