You can start a General Educational Development (GED) program for adults who do not have high school diplomas. The GED test varies by state but generally includes science, social studies, writing, reading and math sections. GEDs help adults further their careers by demonstrating that they possess basic skills equivalent to high school graduates. After successfully completing the GED, adults can enroll in post-secondary education and obtain an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Step 1

Determine how you will operate the GED program. For instance, you can develop a nonprofit organization and help adults for free at a local library or neighborhood recreation center. You also can establish a GED prep school business and charge fees for your services.

Step 2

Review GED eligibility requirements. For instance, some states require GED test-takers to be at least 17 years old.

Step 3

Structure the overall program and curriculum. Decide whether you will promote individualized or small classes. Some states administer the GED in English and Spanish, so you might offer GED prep classes in Spanish.

Step 4

Develop a business plan that assesses start-up and operating costs. Establish program fees (the amount that you will charge each student). In many places, the total cost of the GED test is less than $100. Decide if you will hire staff or teach the adults on your own.

Step 5

Promote your GED program. Create a website that informs prospective students about costs, supplies and upcoming classes. Post an advertisement in community newsletters published by religious organizations or public schools.


Differentiate the program from competitors that exist in nearby locations as well as online. Highlight the increased earning potential that adults with GEDs typically realize.


Remain aware about GED regulations, as the American Council on Education or your state’s education agency might implement changes.

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