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1100 Ninth Avenue NW

Bessemer, AL  35022


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3060 Wilson Road, SW

Birmingham, AL  35221



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Purpose:   Allows adults who have not graduated from high school the opportunity to earn a high school diploma.


Orientation:  Individuals who are planning to test for the GED must:

  • Attend Orientation session and pay the required fee ($50.00 for first time examinees) in the Business Office.

  • All applicants must present their U.S. Social Security Number (SSAN) for the purpose of identification verification. You must also present to the GED Examiner a valid government identification card that includes photograph, legal name, birth date, address, and signature, name, birth date, address, and signature are included. Expired or altered identification documents are not acceptable. Bring receipt, proper identification and complete the required paperwork in Room 221 Leon Kennedy Student Center.

  • Individuals who are retaking the examination must pay $10 for each exam.

Orientation for the GED examination begins at 11:00 a.m. and will take about 1 hour to complete.  Individuals who do not attend the orientation session will not be permitted to take the test.


                                  TEST DATES  / ORIENTATION  DATES


Thursday, May 1, 2008   May 8, 2008  /  11:00 a.m. 
Thursday, June 12, 2008    
Thursday, June 19, 2008     
Thursday, June 26, 2008   June 30, 2008  /  11:00 a.m. 
Thursday, July 17, 2008    
Thursday, July 24, 2008      



The GED examination begins at 8:00 a.m. and requires five to eight hours to complete.  Examinees should be prepared to stay all day.  Bring a lunch or eat lunch in the cafeteria on campus.  Individuals who may require special accommodations because of a documented disability should discuss their needs and complete an L-15 with Delores Martin before the test date.  You may attend GED test preparation classes in the Lawson State Community College Adult Education Program in the One Stop Center. For additional information call Deidre Bibb at 929-6473. 


The American Council on Educations General Educational Development Testing Service (GEDTS) has provided revised forms for requesting special disability accommodations. The forms are available at http://www.acs.cc.al.us/ged/faq/disability.


On all forms are:

  • Section 1 is for the candidates information. It is critical that the candidate signs the application. If under eighteen (18) years of age, the signature of a parent or legal guardian must be provided.

  • Section 2 is for test center information. The GED Chief Examiner or GED Examiner must complete this section and review the entire application for completeness before signing the form and sending it to the GED Administrator for a decision. Forms not reviewed and signed by the GED Chief Examiner will be returned. We ask that the forms are reviewed and signed so that you are aware of all the potential accommodations being requested. Candidates should not send their accommodation forms directly to the state office or GEDTS, this process will allow you to provide immediate feedback to the candidates if you notice specific items missing on the application.

  • Section 3 is for the professional diagnostician or advocate. If the advocate has the diagnosticians documentation, it may be transferred onto the forms. Anyone who has documentation of a candidates disability can serve as an advocate. An advocate simply transfers data from the original documentation onto the forms. The advocates signature and a copy of the documentation must be forwarded with the application.

  • Section 4 is completed by the GED Administrator. Incomplete forms or forms that provide insufficient information will be returned. Some requests may be sent to the GEDTS in Washington, DC for review and final disposition.


A checklist for completing the Request for Testing Accommodations forms can be used by the candidate and the GED Chief Examiner to help ensure forms are properly completed. It is not necessary for this form to be submitted with the request. It is essential that prior to completing the forms the candidate, diagnostician, or advocate read and understand the information being requested. The GEDTS forms specify the need for current diagnostic information:


  • Assessments/documentation used to establish Measurement of Academic Achievement must have been completed within five (5) years from the date of application.

  • Assessments/documentation used to establish Measurement of Potential or Intelligence must have been completed within five (5) years from the date of application.

  • Assessments used to establish Emotional or Mental Health Disabilities must have been completed within six (6) months of the date of application.

  • Assessments used to establish Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder must have been completed within three (3) years from the date of application.


To be considered for accommodations based on Emotional/Mental Health Disability or Physical/Chronic Health Disability, documentation must include a letter on official letterhead, signed by a qualified professional, stating the diagnosed disability and providing supporting documentation of the disability. To be considered for accommodations based on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, documentation must include a letter on official letterhead, signed by a psychiatrist, medical doctor, or psychologist who specializes in the diagnosis of ADHD, stating the diagnosis of ADHD and providing supporting diagnostic evidence of the disability.


State of Alabama GED Testing Program       



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