The GED – or General Education Development Test – is a test that measures an examinee’s proficiency in standard high school subjects.
The exam is offered to those who have not completed high school.
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Who is eligible?
You may take the test if:
- You are not enrolled in high school.
- You are at least 18 years old.
- You are 16 or 17 years old and have completed your states required paperwork.
How much does the test cost?
The cost varies from state to state, but you are able to pay for it one subject at a time.
What will I get out of taking the GED?
Taking the GED benefits you in more ways than you may think. Taking and passing the GED means:
- Getting a better job
- Continuing your education
- Making more money to better support yourself and/or your family
- Having a better future with more opportunities
How do I register to take the test?
You register for the test on the official GED website. During the registration process, you will be asked when and where you want to take the test, and what subject(s) you want to take. During this time you will also be required to pay the designated amount.
Is the test only offered in English?
The test is currently offered in both English and Spanish.
Do colleges really accept a GED diploma, or am I wasting my time?
You are definitely NOT wasting your time. 97% of colleges accept the GED as sufficient proof of your academic ability. That is because the GED is the leading high school equivalency diploma, and has been for more than 70 years.
Passing the GED test is a huge accomplishment, and colleges recognize that.
What is the GED test made up of?
The GED test is made up of four subjects.
Reading through Language Arts (RLA): The RLA section of the test is 150 minutes, and includes one essay that you will have 45 minutes to write. This section includes a 10 minute break.
What it measures:
- Your ability to interpret, understand, and answer questions based off of the text given.
- Ability to write in a clear manner, to read closely, and to understand written text.
- Your ability to use evidence to support an argument.
- Your ability to understand and interpret basic English skills that are needed to succeed in college or in a job.
Science: The science section of the test is 90 minutes, and includes 2 short answer questions that are 10 minutes each. You are permitted to use a TI-30XS calculator.
*This section focuses on: Earth and Space (20%), Physical Science (40%), and Life Science (40%).
What it measures:
- Your ability to interpret, comprehend, and answer science-related text.
- Your ability to problem-solve in science-related situations.
Mathematical Reasoning: The mathematical section of the test is 115 minutes, and is broken up into two parts with a short break. For the first part, you are not allowed to use a calculator, but for the remaining questions, a TI-30XS calculator is permitted.
You will be provided with a math formulas and calculator reference guide.
What it measures:
- Your problem-solving abilities in both the Algebraic (55%), and Quantitative (45%)
Social Studies: The social studies portion of the test is 70 minutes, with no break in between. A TI-30XS calculator is permitted in this section.
*This portion focuses on: Geography (20%), Civics & Government (50%), U.S. History (20%), and Economics (15%).
What it measures:
- Your ability to read, interpret, and comprehend social-studies related text.
- Your problem-solving abilities in social-studies related situations.
How is the test formatted?
The test is designed so that each portion is taken separately, rather than altogether. In each section, you can expect to find:
- Multiple choice questions
- Fill in the blank type questions
- Drag-and-drop questions
- Short answer questions
- Hot spot questions
What score do I need to get in order to pass?
The test is scored based on the number of points an examinee gets. The scores for each subject range from 100 to 200.
If you want to pass the test you will need to score as follows:
- Score a 145 to pass the exam
- Score a 165 on any subject to earn the GED College Ready
- Score a 175 to earn GED College Ready + Credit in that subject
In order to receive your equivalency diploma, you MUST get a 60% or higher than the scores of graduating high schoolers.
*You will get your results within hours rather than weeks.
Where do I take the test?
There are more than 3,000 testing centers throughout the United States that give the test. You can register and find a testing center near you by going to the official GED website. This also goes for persons living outside the U.S.
I took the test twice, but failed it. What options do I have? Or do I even have options?
Don’t worry. You definitely have options. Fortunately, there is no limit to how many times you can retake the GED test.
However, after taking and failing the test 3 times, you will need to wait a total of 60 days before retaking it.
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