Not having a high school diploma may restrict your future as many jobs and higher education institutions require applicants and students have a high school diploma. While you have not completed a traditional pathway to this diploma, you may still receive a high school equivalency diploma by completing the GED examination. In Maine you may register for the GED test by contacting the Maine GED testing facility overseen by the Maine Department of Education.
Maine GED Test Eligibility Requirements:
To register for the Maine GED examination you must be at least 18 years of age. While this is the standard age restriction for this examination, if you are 17 years old you may be eligible to take the Maine GED test if you have been officially out of school for at least one year or if you have an “Immediate Need”, which is determined by the Maine Department of Education. It is important to note that even if you take the examination when you are 17 years old, you may have to wait until you are 18 until you receive your official diploma. Until then, a letter of intent may be issued to you from the Maine Department of Education stating you have successfully passed the GED examination.
Unlike other states in the country, you do not have to be a resident of Maine in order to take the Maine GED examination. In order to gain a Maine GED diploma, you must successfully pass at least one of the five GED exam sections in Maine. Thus, if you’ve successfully passed up to four sections in another state, you must only pass one section in Maine to gain your high school equivalency diploma.
Registering for the Maine GED Test:
To register for the Maine GED examination, you must locate a Maine GED testing facility nearest you. The Maine Department of Education offers a complete list of all official testing locations. Take note, the Maine Department of Education has not authorized test facilities to administer examinations online. Thus, do not register for an online GED exam as these are a scam and will cost you potentially hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
Once you have located the Maine GED testing facility nearest you, you will need to bring some form of government-issued photo identification that showcase your legal name, address and photograph. Documentation such as a Maine driver’s license, identification card, US passport, military ID or a photo identification card from another state will satisfy this requirement.
Upon registering for the Maine GED examination you will schedule a test date. As of 2011, there is no charge to take the Maine GED test or any preparation classes and tests.
Passing the Maine GED Test:
To pass the Maine GED examination, you will be required to pass a total of five different sections. Each of the sections covers a different subject area, and as of 2011, the five sections in the Maine GED examination include: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.
You must make a total minimum score of 2250 on the examination as well as a minimum sectional score of 410 and an average sectional score of 450 on each of the five sections. Upon passing, you will be rewarded with an official Maine High School Equivalency Diploma.
Maine Department of Education: GED Information and Resources
Maine Department of Education: Maine GED Testing Centers