What is the length of the GED® Test?
What is the passing score for the GED® Test?
The GED® Test has four content areas and takes roughly seven and a half hours.
The Reasoning Through Language Arts test is 150 minutes long and testing is broken down into three sections: Section 1 (35 minutes) tests all content. Section 2 (45 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test.
The Mathematical Reasoning test is about 115 minutes long. Calculators are not allowed for the first several questions (about 5-7 questions), but the remaining test allows calculators.
The Social Studies test is 70 minutes long.
The Science test is 90 minutes long.
What does GED® stand for?
To pass the GED® Test, you will need to score a minimum of 145 out of 200 (at least 45% correct) on each of the four subjects. This equates to getting less than half of the questions correct.
There are three score levels you can earn on your test:
- GED Passing Score (145-164)
- GED College Ready (165-174)
- GED College Ready + Credit (175-200)
Who is eligible to take the GED® Test?
The term “GED” is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education (“ACE”). The GED® Testing Service is a joint venture of the American Council on Education and Pearson, is the sole developer for the GED® Test. Originally, the initials “GED” stood for “general educational development,” and the term shows that the GED® Test measures a learner's skills in a variety of important subjects. A GED® Test credential shows that the recipient has the same general level of academic achievement as a typical high school graduate.
GED® Test requirements vary from state to state. The GED® Testing Service suggests the following GED requirements for you to take the test:
- You are not enrolled in high school, and
- You have not graduated from high school, and
- You are at least age 16*, and
- You meet state, provincial, or territorial requirements regarding age, residency, and the length of time since leaving school.
If you are considering leaving high school, the GED® Testing Service recommends that you first meet with your high school counselor to talk seriously about your decision and the level of academic skill needed to pass the GED® Test.
*Some states require GED® Test takers to be at least 18 years of age.