Expanding the reach of the GED to learners in remote locations

Do you want to reach more learners? Mobile testing centers are helping address capacity issues, especially in areas considered “testing deserts” or remote areas where adult learners have fewer options or may have transportation issues getting to a traditional adult education facility.

A mobile test center is a set of testing computers and necessary equipment that allows organizations to reach learners to take the GED test in remote locations. These testing centers are usually created as satellites of existing fixed testing centers.

Mobile test centers started in 2013 in multiple states concurrently to address the needs of the correctional facilities as it allowed the correctional facility to take the GED testing to their inmates.

As of December 2023, 313 mobile test centers in 32 states (including the District of Columbia) exist. 82% of these, or 257 testing centers, are in correctional facilities. There are also 56 mobile test centers in non-correctional facilities in 17 states.

Here are some of the mobile testing center benefits:

  • GED test may be delivered offline,
  • Can be customized as needed from a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 15 testing computers
  • As mobile testing centers are private, test-takers cannot see them in their GED accounts,
  • Test administrators can register students immediately before testing, as needed,
  • Offer flexibility in scheduling hours

Setting up a mobile testing site requires relatively low one-time costs, including digital cameras, a digital signature pad, laptops, extra monitors, keyboards, mice, and portable storage. These free-standing mobile sites require the approval of the GED Testing Service, but once the mobile testing site is set up, the recurring costs only include the test administrator’s salary and travel mileage.

For additional information visit https://ged.com/educators_admins/test_admin/become_a_center/ 

And Technical Requirement for Laptops at Mobile Test Centers.