Division of Rehabilitative Programs
Offenders getting GEDs
Offenders getting GEDs

General Education Development (GED)

The GED program is offered to inmates/students who possess neither a high school diploma nor a GED certificate. Inmates/students receive instruction in abstract writing, reading skills, science, social studies, and math. To achieve the GED certificate, the inmate/student must receive a passing score on each section of the GED test areas. An overall average score of 450 is required to pass the test and a score below 410 on any section will cause the inmate/student to fail. Generally, inmates/students should have a minimum reading score of 9.0 on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), which is equivalent to a 9th grade reading level, or higher to be eligible for the GED program.

Inmates/students are placed into the GED program after completing Adult Basic Education (ABE) III or are placed in the program with a 9.0 or greater score on the TABE and do not already have a high school diploma or GED. Inmates/students who are accepted into the GED Program are provided support in completing specific subject matter that will allow them to successfully pass the GED exam.

This prison-based program is part of the Office of Correctional Education. Note: Offenders on parole seeking a GED should refer to our Community Literacy Learning Centers.

Locations Available:

All institutions.

Length of Program:

Program length may vary as a result of inmates/students progressing at different rates.


Inmates/students who have a reading TABE score of 9.0 or higher and/or inmates/students who have completed ABE III participate in the GED program.

As of September 2013, over 7,000 inmates/students were enrolled in the GED program.

Eligibility Requirements:

Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (COMPAS) assessments.

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