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GED Questions & Answers

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

  1. What is the GED?
  2. What are the benefits of earning a GED?
  3. Who is eligible to take the GED test?
  4. What do I need to do to take the GED test?
  5. Can I take the GED Online?
  6. What subjects does the GED cover?
  7. What scores must I earn on the GED test to pass?
  8. How much does it cost?
  9. What if I need accommodations due to a disability?
  10. Are any special programs open to military personnel regarding GED testing?
  11. Is the GED test given in Spanish?
  12. If I take the tests in Spanish, will that be indicated on my GED certificate?
  13. If I am a foreign language student taking the tests in English, may I use a translator?
  14. Are other versions of the tests available?
  15. Do I need a Social Security Number to take the tests?
  16. May I take the GED tests if I am not a U.S. Citizen?
  17. May I take the GED tests if I have a high school diploma from another country?

1. What is the GED?

The GED is an alternative to a high school diploma. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people just like you earn their General Educational Development (GED) certificate. People drop out of high school for many reasons. You may have had to leave high school to get a job to help take care of your family. Maybe you just didn't like school, or didn't think a high school diploma would mean anything - and now you know what it means not to have it. It's not too late. The GED program provides an opportunity to earn your high school credential outside of school by taking the official GED test at monitored testing centers in your state. You cannot take the GED online. Over the past few decades, the GED test has provided personal, professional and academic satisfaction for millions of adults who were unable to complete their formal high school education.

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2. What are the benefits of earning a GED?

  1. Get a better job. The overwhelming majority of jobs in this country require a high school diploma. A GED certificate is accepted by most employers - just like a high school diploma.
  2. Continue your education. A GED certificate is accepted at most colleges and universities across the country as proof that you have completed your high school education. Some colleges even have special scholarship programs for GED graduates.
  3. Raise your self esteem. By earning their GED certificates, many graduates experience a remarkable improvement in how they feel about themselves and their lives.
  4. Earn more money. It has been shown that individual incomes increase with your level of education. A better job usually means better pay.
  5. Invest in the future. Educated parents have better educated children. Earning a GED certificate is not only an investment in yourself; it is also an investment in the future of your children.

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3. Who is eligible to take the GED test?

The GED test is for adults who are 19 years old or older who have not graduated from high school. In certain circumstances you can take the test if you are 16 to 18 years old.

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4. What do I need to do to take the GED test?

All applicants must bring an official government issued picture identification to the GED testing appointment. The only approved forms of identification are:

State issued drivers' license or state issued identification card with a photograph, United States passport, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of United States Citizenship, Current foreign passport, Alien registration card with photograph, Court approved identification, United States Armed Forces ID.

Registration for testing can be done in person or by phone. Plan to arrive fifteen minutes prior to the testing start time. Late arrivals will not be allowed to test.

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5. Can I take the GED Online?

No, the GED test itself cannot be taken online. However, you may prepare and practice for the GED test online.

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6. What subjects does the GED cover?

The GED Test is made up of five tests, each measuring the major educational skills that the average high school student should have mastered. The tests focus on general academic skills and important concepts rather than on the ability to recall specific facts in a subject area. Most of the test questions measure the general abilities to comprehend reading material, evaluate, analyze, and draw conclusions. The tests are:

  1. Language Arts, Writing. 50 questions and an essay 75 minutes.
  2. Social Studies. 50 questions, 70 minutes.
  3. Science. 50 questions, 80 minutes.
  4. Language Arts, Reading. 40 questions, 65 minutes.
  5. Mathematics Part I. 25 questions, calculator use allowed*, 45 minutes. Mathematics Part II. 25 questions, no calculator allowed, 45 minutes.

*Specific Casio Scientific Calculators are provided at the GED test facility.

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7. What scores must I earn on the GED test to pass?

GED testing is graded in a specific manner: The score is not given as a percentage. In order to pass the GED test your standard score on each test must be at least 410 and your average standard score for all five tests must be at least 450. If this average is not reached after the first attempt, you can retest up to three times each year in each subject.

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8. How much does it cost?

Usually a fee of $75.00 must be paid at the time before you may begin testing. Costs for GED testing varies by state. The test fee is not refundable. If any one test is under the standard score of 410, then only that test must be retaken. If the average of the five tests is not 450, then any test may be retaken to increase your average. There is a $15.00 charge for each test that is retaken.

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9. What if I need accommodations due to a disability?

Individuals with disabilities can request accommodations such as extended time or sign language interpreting services for the GED test.

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10. Are any special programs open to military personnel regarding GED testing?

Yes. The GED is available at no cost to military personnel at authorized Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Test Centers overseas. Forty-seven states allow GED testing at no cost at DANTES Test Centers located at the Army Education Centers on all major Army installations. Recognized throughout the United States as a valid indicator of achievement by educators and employers, the GED credential has increased education and employment opportunities for millions of adults.

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11. Is the GED test given in Spanish?

Yes. The Spanish version of the tests is offered at many GED testing centers. (Spanish and English scores may not be combined.)

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12. If I take the tests in Spanish, will that be indicated on my GED certificate?

No; however, it will be indicated on your GED transcript.

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13. If I am a foreign language student taking the tests in English, may I use a translator?

No. If you feel your English skills are not sufficient, you may take the test in Spanish or French.

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14. Are other versions of the tests available?

Yes. There are seven versions of the GED test (English, Spanish, French, Canadian, audio, large print, and Braille). Not all sites will have all the versions. You will need special permission to take the test in audio, large print, or Braille.

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15. Do I need a Social Security Number to take the tests?

No, you do not need a social security number to participate in GED testing.

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16. May I take the GED tests if I am not a U.S. Citizen?

Yes. GED Testing Service guidelines stipulate that in order for a person to take the GED tests, he or she must possess verification of identity and eligibility for testing. Identity and age must be verified using acceptable photograph-bearing identification. Driver's licenses, valid passports, military IDs, or other forms of government-issued (national or foreign) identification that show name, address, date of birth, signature, and photograph are all acceptable forms of identification, unless there is any reason to question their authenticity. An appropriate combination of documents may be used to satisfy the requirements. Non-citizens, including refugees, legal and illegal immigrants, resident and nonresident aliens, and other foreign nationals are eligible for GED testing if they meet all of the requirements of the state they are residing in, including requirements on age and withdrawal from school.

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17. May I take the GED tests if I have a high school diploma from another country?

Yes. Persons whose high school diploma is from an unaccredited high school are eligible to take the GED tests if they meet all other requirements. People who earn diplomas in countries that do not participate in the GED testing program are still eligible to take the GED tests if they meet all other requirements.

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