Core Skills/ NEDP/GED

How Can I Get My High School Diploma If I Didn't Graduate From High School?

In Virginia, an adult who did not complete high school can earn a diploma in two ways: passing the GED® test or by completing the National External Diploma Program (NEDP).

National External Diploma Program (NEDP) Online ClassesGirl in graduation cap and gown with diploma

What Is The NEDP?

The NEDP is an online, self-paced program that allows you to use the skills you’ve gained from life and work experience to demonstrate your reading, writing, and math skills at the high school level. This online program for adults offers the flexibility to earn a diploma even if you’re employed full-time or in job training. You must be self-motivated and learn independently, as there is no instructional component. Student work is reviewed through one-to-one appointments with trained assessment staff. There is a minimum score needed to qualify for this program. 

How Much Does It Cost?

Cost is $500 to participate. Partial scholarships are available.

How Long Will It Take To Get A Diploma?

The time needed for students to prepare for the external diploma program will vary according to skill level, motivation, and commitment. On average, it takes six to 12 months to complete the NEDP Program.

How Do I Register?

Contact Debie Tuler at 434.961.5467 or by emailing

Core Skills Training & Preparing For The GED®

What Is The GED® Test?

The GED® test measures a student’s educational level on a variety of core subjects in a computer-based assessment. By passing the GED® test, students are demonstrating that they have the same academic knowledge as a typical high school graduate.

Two business women with one man.What Is The GED® Test Like?

The computer-based GED® test has four subject areas: mathematics, reasoning through language arts, science, and social studies. Each subject tests your skills and knowledge in these 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 earned on each section to earn a GED® Certificate. The cost is $30 per section or all four parts of the test for $120. Each section is scheduled separately at an official state testing center and paid for on the website. TJACE@PVCC students can earn free GED® test vouchers after meeting attendance requirements and passing the GED® Ready tests.

What Types Of GED® Classes Are Offered At TJACE@PVCC?

TJACE@PVCC offers GED®/Core Skills Training classes both in-person (face-to-face) in a classroom and online through your computer. These classes help students focus on improving skills in reading, writing, and math as they prepare 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. Some classes focus on more than one subject area. Check the catalog for current classes.

Fast Facts About The GED®:

  • Over 20 million people have passed the GED® test and earned their high school diploma. You can too!
  • The unemployment rate is lower for those with a high school diploma.
  • Having a high school diploma helps you earn more money. On average, people with a high school diploma earn $9,000 more per year.
  • The GED® credential is accepted by over 97% of colleges and employers.
  • Sixty percent of recent GED® graduates are enrolled in college.
  • Virginia has an 80% pass rate on the GED®. 

Whether your next step is a college or a job application, the GED® test will help you get there.

GED® Classes

In-Person (Face-To-Face) Classes

Classes are held in multiple locations in order to make them accessible to adults across the region. Check our current catalog for classes near you. If you have questions about where a specific class is held, please contact TJACE@PVCC by calling 434.961.5461 or emailing

Online Classes through GED® to Go!

What Is GED® To Go?

If you need help earning your GED®, and can’t attend in-person classes, then the new GED® Online Program is for you.

GED® to go! is a flexible online learning option that fits your busy schedule, providing online access to GED® classes that will prepare you to successfully take—and pass—the GED® test.

What Do I Need To Do To Take Part In GED® To Go?

You will need to have, or have access to, a computer with Internet access, basic computer skills, and need to be able to devote a minimum of six hours per week to the program.

How Much Does It Cost?

GED self-study is free.

$35 for the GED® to Go! online class.

Is There Anyone To Help Me If I Have Questions Or Need Assistance?

Yes, you will have a GED® to Go! coach and instructor. They will help you connect to an online GED® training program, create a learning plan, set goals, and help you master the skills you need to pass the GED® test. Like the face-to-face classes, the online program will prepare you for the four parts of the GED® test: reading/writing, math, science, and social studies). They will work with you online and over the phone. Face-to-face tutoring is also available if you need extra help.

New This Session!

Drop-In Learning Lab at the ALC on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Online chat learning session on Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

How Do I Register?

Call at 434.961.5461 to get started with your GED® to Go! class.

New This Session!

GED® Online

GED to Go! online class is an exciting new course offering! You can join a virtual Social Studies and Math GED class using CANVAS. This course offers learning through online meetings, discussion boards, and reading assignments. Students must have a computer or laptop, reliable internet access, and the ability to log in several times a week to complete the course work and attend class. Choose a morning or evening virtual class: Wednesdays from 10 am – 12 noon or Thursdays from 6:30 -8:30 pm with 4 hours of additional course work required each week.

Ready to take the GED® Test?

Once you’ve completed your GED® and Core Skills Preparation Classes at TJACE@PVCC, you’re ready to take the GED® Test.

How Do I Sign Up?

Go to to sign up for MyGED®. Click on “Schedule Test.” Once you complete scheduling questions, you will be directed to choose your language (Spanish or English), test subject, and the day and time you choose to test. You can schedule one test at a time to make sure you are prepared every time. If you do not have Internet access, call 1.877.392.6433 to schedule your test. 

How Much Does The GED® Test Cost?

There are four GED® test subjects: math, science, social studies, and reasoning through language arts. Each test subject costs $30. You must pass each test with a score of 145 or above to earn the GED® certificate. TJACE@PVCC students can earn free GED® test vouchers after meeting attendance requirements and passing the GED® Ready tests. 

Where Can I Take The Test?

There are several locations throughout Central Virginia where you can take the GED® test. 

Local Pearson-VUE GED® Testing Centers:

TJACE@PVCC operates a testing center at the Adult Learning Center in Charlottesville. Nearby centers include PVCC Main Campus, as well as locations in Louisa, Fishersville, and Amherst. You must register online to take a test.

I Have A Disability. Are There Test Accommodations To Support Me?

Yes, the purpose of GED® test accommodations is to provide candidates who have a disability full access to the GED® test. However, accommodations are not a guarantee of improved performance or test completion. GED® Testing Service provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations to individuals with documented disabilities who demonstrate a need for accommodations. 

GED® test accommodations may include things such as a separate testing room, extra testing time, and breaks. For information, go to Questions about the GED® Test? Call Dalisha Ragland, Pearson-VUE test administrator, at 434.961.5461. 

ALC Computer Labs

Computer Classes (Internet Basics, Intro to Word) at the Adult Learning Center. Come join us on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for a new lesson each week. Drop in; no need to register.

Open Computer Labs at Adult Learning Center

935-A 2ND Street, SE Charlottesville, VA 22902

Improve your computer skills. Learn to use email, write a resume, search for jobs, practice typing, study online, complete homework assignments, use GED® Academy or take a GED® Ready test.

Daytime Lab: Open to Everyone

The daytime lab is available to all adults in the community.

See catalog for dates and times.

“I came into the classroom not knowing a thing about polynomials or quadratic equations, but I was determined to further my education and get a better job. I am here before you as a GED® Graduate.” — Briana Crispin, 2016



Thomas Jefferson Adult & Career Education @ PVCC

935-A Second St., SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902 (map)


233 Fourth Street NW Charlottesville, VA 22903 (Across from the Staples office supply store downtown)(map)


VA Career Works Charlottesville Center

944 Glenwood Station Lane, Suite 103 Charlottesville, VA, 22901(map)

Albemarle High School

2775 Hydraulic Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901 (map)

PVCC Main Building

501 College Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (map)


Fluvanna Adult Education Center

14455 James Madison Highway, Palmyra,  VA (map)


PVCC Giuseppe Center 

(2nd Floor, Greene County Library) 222 Main Street, Stanardsville, VA 22973 (map)

Greene Technical Education Center

10415 Spotswood Trail, Stanardsville, VA 22973 (map)


Louisa County Public Schools (LCPS) Adult & Career Education Center

815 Davis Highway, Mineral, VA (map


Nelson County High School

6919 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston, VA 22949 (map)


Student Resources

GED Students: — Set up an email account. This will enable you to check out all of the site, including a free practice test. — Learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century from Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more.