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The General Educational Development (GED) testing program was developed to give U.S. and Canadian citizens who have not graduated from high school the opportunity to demonstrate the level of achievement normally acquired through the completion of a traditional U.S./Canadian high school course of study. The five GED comprehensive examinations cover writing, social studies, science, interpreting literature and arts, and math. The GED practice tests are available in English, Spanish, French, Braille, large print, and CD. They can be ordered from the Steck-Vaughn Company, Tel: 1 (800) 531-5015 or visit their website.
To locate a testing center near you, view the American Council on Education (ACE) website. Their website provides a mechanism to search locations in foreign countries using the "advanced search."
If you are a civilian who wants to take the test at a U.S. military base or if there is not a center in your area, contact:
Manager, International Testing or Director, Data and Scoring Services GED International Testing Service, 1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 10, Washington, D.C. 20036-1163, Tel: (202) 939-9490 / Fax: (202) 833-4730
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) serves high school students, enrolled college students, international students, and adults returning to college. It is designed to allow students to get college credit for knowledge learned outside the classroom. The heart of CLEP is a series of examinations rewarding you for what you know, whether you learned it in school, on the job, through reading, by observation, or in the course of your life experiences.
There are five general examinations and 30 subject-specific examinations. The general examinations are in English composition, humanities, college mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences. The tests are at the level of courses taken in the first 2 years of college. Subject examinations include composition and literature, foreign languages, history and social science, mathematics and science, and business. The general and subject examinations are multiple choice questions limited to 90 minutes. The subject examinations, requiring a higher degree of specialized knowledge and training, demonstrate the specific knowledge and skills you may have gained through job experience, outside course work, or independent reading.
• The CLEP Official Study Guide - To order The Official Study Guide, visit the College Board website - contains descriptions of the exams, sample exam questions and answers, updated lists of reference materials for test preparation in every subject, test-taking strategies, and general information about credit by examination. It can also be purchased in bookstores.
• The College Board website offers a free demo - Practice taking a CLEP Exam on a computer. You'll learn the CLEP Computer-Based Testing software as well as the question types and their instructions.
• Testing Schedules - For testing schedules, visit the College Board website.
• List of colleges that award CLEP credits - For the list, go to the College Board website.
For information on courses offered by universities and colleges abroad or other education options available at post, contact the Community Liaison Office coordinator (CLO) or Human Resources Officer at the embassy or consulate.
Professional Development Fellowship (PDF) Program
FLO's Professional Development Fellowship program for Spouses and Member of Household Partners of direct hire U.S. government employees under Chief of Mission authority is intended to maintain, enhance and/or develop professional skills for Foreign Service Eligible Family Members and Members of Household who are not in a position to pursue their career path overseas.
The College Board maintains information on residency requirements by state.
DC Public Schools Vocational Adult Education 1709 3rd Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 Tel: (202) 442-5885 Fax: (202) 576-7899
Alexandria Public Schools Adult Education Department 3330 King Street Alexandria, VA 22302 Tel: (703) 824-6845 Fax: (703) 824-6902
Arlington Public Schools Adult Education Clarendon Education Center 2801 Clarendon Boulevard Arlington, VA 22201 Tel: (703) 228-6000 Fax: 703-358-7205
Fairfax County Public Schools Adult and Community Education 6815 Edsall Road, Springfield, VA 22151 Tel: (703) 658-2727
Prince William County Public Schools Adult Education P.O. Box 389 Manassas, VA 20108 Tel: (703) 791-7357 Fax: (703) 791-7336
Montgomery County Public Schools Alternative Programs 12518 Greenly Street Silver Spring, MD 20906 Tel: (301) 929-2025 Fax: 301-929-2099
Prince George's County Public Schools Adult Education 3021 Bel Air Drive Bowie, MD 20715 Tel: (301) 952-6000 Fax: (301) 805-2713
In the District of Columbia
American University Program Information McKinley Building 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20016 Tel: (202) 885-2500Fax: 202-885-3991
Catholic University, Metropolitan School of Professional Studies 321 Pangborn Hall Washington, DC 20064 Tel: (202) 319-5256
Corcoran School of Art 17th and New York, NW Washington, DC 20052 Tel: (202) 639-1800
Gallaudet University 800 Florida Avenue NE Washington, DC 20002 Tel: (202) 651-5000
George Washington University Center for Career Education 2020 K St. NW, Suite B100 Washington, DC 20052 Tel: (202) 994-1000
Georgetown University Summer and Continuing Education 37th and O Streets NW Washington, DC 20057 Tel: (202) 687-5942
Johns Hopkins University School of Continuing Studies 1625 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20036 Tel: (410) 516-8000 Fax: (202) 516-7704
Levine School of Music 2801 Upton Street, NW Washington, DC 20007 Tel: (202) 686-9772 Fax: (202) 337-2268
NAFSA: Association of International Educators 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20009 Tel: (202) 737-3699 Fax: (202) 667-3419
National-Louis University 529 14th St. NW, Suite 1125 Washington, DC 20045 Tel: (800) 443-5522, ext. 5151
Smithsonian Institution Smithsonian Associates 1100 Jefferson Drive SW Room 3077, MRC 701 Washington, DC 20560 Tel: (202) 633-1000
Southeastern University 501 I Street SW Washington, DC 20024 Tel: 800-500-8760 Fax: (202) 488-8093
Strayer College 1025 15th Street NW Washington, DC 20005 Tel: (202) 408-2400
Trinity College 125 Michigan Avenue NE Washington, DC 20017 Tel: (202) 884-9300
University of the District of Colombia Continuing Education 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW Building 38, Room 207 Washington, DC 20008 Tel: (202) 274-7404
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Graduate School 600 Maryland Avenue SW Washington, DC 20024 Tel: (202) 720-5885
Anne Arundel Community College Continuing Education 101 College Parkway Arnold, MD 21012-1895 Tel: (410) 777-2325
Bowie State University 14000 Jericho Park Road Bowie, MD 20715 Tel: 301-860-4000
Capitol College 11301 Springfield Drive Laurel, MD 20708 Tel: (301) 953-3200
Community College of Baltimore County 800 S. Rolling Road Catonsville, MD 21228 Tel: (410) 455-4304
College of Southern Maryland PO Box 910, Mitchell Road La Plata, MD 20646 Tel: (301) 934-2251
Columbia Union College External Degree Program 7600 Flower Avenue Takoma Park, MD 20912 Tel: (301) 891-4092, (800) 835-4212
Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, NIH One Cloister Court Bethesda, MD 20814-1460 Tel: (301) 496-7976 Fax: (301) 402-0483
Glen Echo Park 7300 MacArthur Boulevard Glen Echo, MD 20812 Tel: (301) 634-2222 Fax: (301) 492-5384
Hood College Brodbeck Scholars Program for Adults 23+ 401 Rosemont Avenue Frederick, MD 21701-8575 Tel: (301) 696-3616
Howard University 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 600 Silver Spring, MD 20910 Tel: (301) 806-6800 Fax: (301) 585-8911
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington 6125 Montrose Road Rockville, MD 20852 Tel: 301-881-0100 Fax: (301) 881-6549
Johns Hopkins University School of Continuing Studies 9601 Medical Center Drive Rockville, MD 20850 Tel: (410) 516-9797 Fax: (301) 294-7010
Maryland Public Television College of the Air 11767 Owings Mill Boulevard Owings Mill, MD 21117 Tel: (410) 356-5600
Montgomery College Route 355 and Manakee St. Rockville, MD 20850 Tel: (301) 279-5188
Prince George's Community College 301 Largo Road Largo, MD 20772 Tel: 301-322-0878
University of Maryland University College University Boulevard and Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20742 Tel: (800) 888-8682 Fax: (301) 985-7678
The Writer's Center 4508 Walsh Street Bethesda, MD 20815 Tel: 301-654-8664 Fax: (301) 654-8667
Stratford University 7777 Leesburg Pike Suite 100 South Falls Church, VA 22043
George Mason University FAST-TRAIN Program Graduate School of Education 4400 University Drive Fairfax, VA 22030-4444 Tel: (703) 993-3173 Fax: (703) 993-3336
Marymount University Center for Comprehensive Learning 2807 North Glebe Road Arlington, VA 22207 Tel: (703) 522-5600
Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus 8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale, VA 22003-3796 Tel: (703) 323-3000 Fax: (703) 323-3367
University of Virginia Continuing Education 2990 Telestar Court Falls Church, VA 22042 Tel: (800) 346-3882
Virginia Art League School Torpedo Factory Art Center 105 North Union Alexandria, VA 22314 Tel: (703) 683-2323
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University of Northern Virginia Graduate Center 7054 Haycock Road Falls Church, VA 22043 Tel: (703) 538-8327 Fax: (703) 698-6062
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia James Monroe Building 101 North 14th Street Richmond, VA 23219 Tel: (804) 225-2600
Maryland Higher Education Commission Jeffrey Building 16 Francis Street Annapolis, MD 21401-1781 Tel: (410) 260-4500
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