CWCE GED® Testing Age Requirement

POLICY TITLE: CWCE GED® Testing Age Requirement

POLICY NUMBER: 6.4.1

EFFECTIVE: May 2013


A. BACKGROUND:

CCRI hosts two GED® testing sites that have been approved by the Rhode Island Department of Education, one on the Lincoln campus and the other on the Providence campus. Individuals can choose to take the GED® in either English or Spanish.

B. POLICY STATEMENT:

ELIGIBILITY FOR TESTING

To be eligible for high school equivalency testing, a person must be a Rhode Island resident or a member of the Armed forces stationed in Rhode Island when application is made. In addition, one of the following conditions must be met:

  1. Is at least eighteen (18) years of age and not enrolled in secondary school; or,
  2. Is seventeen (17) years of age, not enrolled in secondary school, and has received special permission from the Chief Examiner of the test center to which application is made. Such permission must be based upon appropriate documentation for example, an official letter of withdrawal from the last school attended, which is to be made part of the candidate’s permanent file; or,
  3. Is sixteen (16) years of age, not enrolled in secondary school and has received permission to test from the Commissioner or designee upon a showing of good cause supported by appropriate documentation such as an official letter of withdrawal from the last school attended, which is to be made part of the candidate’s permanent file. In addition, a letter from the parent or guardian giving permission to test must be obtained prior to testing, and, if deemed appropriate, the Commissioner or designee will inform the principal of the secondary school last attended that the sixteen year old has applied to take the high school equivalency examination; or,
  4. Is sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) years of age and has an approved Alternative Learning Plan on file pursuant to RIGL 16-19-1 and which provides that the student is pursuing a high school equivalency diploma; or,
  5. Is sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) years of age and has been home schooled. A home schooled candidate must provide: (1) a letter from the local school district that he/she had been in an approved home school program and that the home schooling has been discontinued; and (2) a letter from the parent or guardian giving permission to test. (RIDE, GED® Requirements)

C. PROCEDURES:

VERIFICATION OF ELIGIBILITY FOR TESTING

All candidates must present sufficient documentation to verify eligibility for testing. Such documentation will verify age, personal identification and Rhode Island residency. Minimal documentation must include:

  1. A certified copy of his/her birth certificate or other appropriate document (e.g. passport, valid Rhode Island driver’s license) that clearly establishes age, AND;
  2. Positive valid identification which includes the applicant’s signature and a photograph, (e.g. valid Rhode Island driver’s license, Alien Registration Receipt Card), AND;
  3. Appropriate verification of Rhode Island residency, preferably with a photograph, or, in the absence of photo identification, at least two items verifying residency e.g. utility bill, voter registration card, tax bill. (RIDE, GED® Requirements)

D. POLICY APPLIES TO:

This applies to students registering for GED® Testing.

E. RESPONSIBLE DEPARTMENT:

The Center for Workforce and Community Education at the Community College of Rhode Island is the institution’s office responsible for coordinating the GED® Testing.

F. RELATED POLICIES:

CWCE Registration Policy
CWCE Refund Policy

APPROVED:      Ray M. Di Pasquale, President              Date: 9/20/2013

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