Who is eligible to take the GED® Test?
Why should I choose Essential Education?
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.
What is the length of the GED® Test?
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What does GED® stand for?
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.
How do I pay for the 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.
Is the GED hard in 2023?
You will pay for the test online with a debit or credit card when you schedule your test.
How hard is the GED® Test?
Passing the GED test is easier than most people think! What's great about the GED is there are only 4 subjects, and you don't have to test in all subjects at once! You can space them out however it works best for you. Also, you only need to get less than half of the answers correct to pass the test and get your diploma.
What is the difference between a GED® and high school diploma?
Because of the low passing score, the GED® Test is easier than most people think. You only need 45% correct answers to pass!
Our GED Academy™ course is included in our HSE Prep Program and will help you identify exactly which skills you need to brush up on and then create a customized learning plan to make learning fast and easy.
What is the passing score for the GED® Test?
A high school equivalency certificate shows that you've passed a high school equivalency test (GED or HiSET) and demonstrated the skills equivalent to a high school graduate. A regular high school diploma is earned by completing the curriculum and requirements of an accredited high school. Some states offer an Adult High School diploma. Check with your state’s Adult Education Department for more information on where to test for your GED. Be wary of online high schools offering high school diplomas. They are not accepted by employers or colleges.
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)