Polk Education Pathways

General Educational Development (GED®) classes prepare adults to take the GED® test. This course of study is designed to prepare students for the four subject areas of the GED® test: Reasoning through Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematical Reasoning. This program is monitored to ensure student progression.

Candidates who successfully pass the GED® exams are issued a State of Florida High School Diploma through the Florida Department of Education. With it you can go on to career or vocational education, college, join the armed services, and obtain employment.

Entrance Requirements:

• 16 years of age or older*
• Take the entrance Test
Additional requirements

Enrollment Procedures:

• Come to the main campus in Auburndale or Lakeland; bring photo I.D. & Social Security card
• Complete required registration paperwork & make a reservation for the placement assessment ($20 cash/M.O.)

• Score NRS Level 5 or higher on D or C/D level on the assessment; pay class tuition ($30 cash/M.O. for each term)

*Age Waiver program available to 16 & 17 year old students. This special program is available to qualifying students on our main campuses. Students must attend day classes regularly and abide by Polk County Schools’ Code of Conduct to stay eligible.  Once a student completes all of the course requirements and passes the program exit exams, they will be issued an age waiver which will allow them to take the GED® exams before turning 18 years of age.

West Area Adult School offers a free preschool program on their main campus. The Pre-School and Family Literacy Program is eligible to the children (ages 3-5) of adult students enrolled full-time.


Request Special Accommodations*
High School Equivalency Diploma
Register Online for the GED® or call 1-877-EXAM-GED
PBS Literacy

*The GED®  Testing Program has long provided accommodations to candidates with disabilities and is committed to compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In an effort to make GED®  Tests accessible to all applicants, accommodations are made for candidates with diagnosed physical, mental, sensory, or learning disabilities who can provide appropriate documentation from a qualified professional of their impairment and its effect on their ability to take the GED®  Tests under standard conditions.

Off-Site Classes:

City Location Address Time Hours Apply
Lake Wales McLaughlin Middle School 12 E. Grove Avenue, Portable is located at the corner of E. Grove and 2nd St. S Monday-Friday 8:00AM – 1:00 PM 965-5475
Winter Haven Ridge Technical College 7700 State Road 544 (Lucerne Parkway), Room 171 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM 965-5475
Winter Haven Ridge Technical College 7700 State Road 544 (Lucerne Parkway), Room 171 Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM  965-5475