The region’s only authorized GED Testing Center is located at the Roanoke Higher Education Center (RHEC). Run by RHEC member Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Region 5 Adult Education, the GED training at RHEC is a one-stop shop that prepares students for the GED to taking the exam onsite.

Due to Covid, things are run a bit differently than in the past. Lea DeCosta, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Region 5 Adult Education’s Regional Program Manager, said that because of current social distancing guidelines, only a handful of in-person spots are available in the classroom. However, everyone starts the GED preparation online through a user-friendly platform called Essential Education. DeCosta said, “Folks can use it on their laptops, computers, or their smart phones. Attendance earned in that program actually counts towards our class attendance. It is just like being part of our class.”

The only requirement Virginia has is for a person to be 18 years old. The GED consists of not one but four tests: math, language arts, social studies, and science. The subjects may be taken on the same day or separately.

“We are so proud to partner with Region 5 Adult Education to provide free GED preparation,” said RHEC’s Senior Director of Academic & Student Services Carla James-Jackson, “and it is so convenient to also be able to offer GED testing onsite.”

DeCosta is grateful to have their classroom right across from the testing center as “it makes our students comfortable and takes away some of the stress.”

RHEC’s Educational Testing Center is open Mondays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

For more information about taking the GED at the Roanoke Higher Education Center, please call 540-767-6010 or email To register for the GED, visit