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Counseling/Testing Bulletin 2017-2018

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General Testing Information

Countywide Testing

MCPS countywide testing takes place during school hours.

The High School Assessment (HSA) schedule for 2017-2018 is as follows:

Government January 8, 2018 -
February 2, 2018
May 7, 2018 -
June 8, 2018

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) schedule for 2017-2018 is as follows:

Algebra 1 and
English 10
December 5, 2017 -
January 24, 2018
April 23, 2018 -
May 25, 2018

The Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) schedule for 2017-2018 is as follows:

MISA January 8, 2018 -
February 22, 2018
May 7, 2018 -
June 8, 2018


Schedules for MAP-R, Alternate Science, Advanced Placement Exams, and more can be found here.

GED (General Educational Development) Test

The GED program is part of Montgomery College Workforce Development and Continuing Education. Information regarding the program is available on their website or by calling (240) 567-8950.

MC Adult Literacy-GED Program

Taking the GED Exam: 

The GED Tests measure your knowledge and academic skills against those of today's traditional high school graduates. It is a standardized high school equivalency examination taken for a Maryland High School diploma. The GED consists of four tests (Math, Science, Social Studies, and Reasoning through Language Arts) and requires 7 hours and 5 minutes to complete. After you have passed the GED Tests, you will be awarded a Maryland High School Diploma by the State Board of Education.

To be eligible to take the GED Tests, candidates must be:

  • at least 17 years of age or older at the time of registration
  • not a high school graduate (students 17 or 18 years of age must provide official documentation of school withdrawal)
  • a Maryland resident for at least three months at the time of testing
  • officially withdrawn from high school for at least three months

At the time of testing, the applicant must present one of the following current, valid identification cards: a Maryland driver's license, Maryland learner's Permit, official Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration Identification Card or an official active duty military ID card. Applicants will not be admitted to the test center without the proper ID.

In Montgomery County, the official test is offered on two Saturday's each month at Montgomery College. The test fee is $45.00. Students must pre-register by the 15th of the month prior to the date of the test. In Montgomery County, please call the Adult Literacy-GED Program at 240-567-8950 or email

Follow the steps below to ensure successful GED results!

Step 1:  Go to a Community Information session before you apply to the program.  You can see if the GED is right for you!  You will learn about the GED classes and how to register for them, as well as receive information about the GED exam.  The meeting includes time for questions and answers.  Attending this session is not mandatory, nor does it mean you are registered for classes.  You do not need to register for this event.  Click on the “Community Information Sessions” tab to learn dates, times and locations.

Step 2:  You must register in person for GED classes.  You will be given a placement exam to determine your appropriate class level.  This will help determine the best class for you.  There are three class levels—basic (ABE), Intermediate (PreGED), and advanced (GED).  STUDENTS AT THE GED LEVEL MUST PAY TUITION.  See the “Class Schedules” tab for information about dates, times and locations.

Step 3:  Go to the GED classes and STUDY!

Step 4:  Attend test review/orientation session and take the GED Practice Test.  The Practice Test will help you find out if you are ready to take the Maryland State GED Exam.  You must pre-register for this practice test; please call 240-567-8950 for registration and test review/orientation information.  SPACE IS LIMITED!  There is a fee of $20, payable only by money order to Montgomery College

Step 5:  If you did well on the Practice Test, you are ready to take the Maryland State GED Exam.  

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