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The GED (General Educational Devlopment) test is an official high school equivalency certificate. A GED is accepted nationwide by colleges and employers and weighed equally as a high school diploma.
The basic requirements for GED eligibility are:
-You haven’t graduated high school
-You’re at least 18 years old. (Check your state for the exceptions for 16-17 year olds)
-You’re not enrolled in high school.
-You meet all other local and state eligibility.
The GED is comprised of 4 sections including a written essay in the language arts section.
Test takers are given 115 minutes to take the math section. There are multiple choice, fill in the blank, and drop down questions on the test. The math section primarily focuses on basic math, geometry, basic algebra, graphs, and functions.
The language arts includes a written essay, multiple choice questions, drag/drop, and drop down questions. Test takers will have 150 minutes to take the test including the essay. The section focuses for meaningful reading, grammar, language usage, identifying and creating arguments.
The science section is comprised of multiple choice, drop down, fill in the blank, and select an area questions. Test takers will have 90 minutes to complete the section. Test takers will be given a calculator reference sheet.
The social studies section of the test includes multiple choice, drag and drop, and fill in the blank questions. Test takers will have 70 minutes to complete the section.
The difference between the GED, HiSET, and TASC is the curriculum and standards they devise the test content. The HiSET and TASC focus on the newest common core objectives. All three tests including science, math, social socials, language arts, and a written essay. The tests are scored differently and eligibility and availability varies from state to state.
The minimum score requirement for the GED is 145 for each test subject to earn your high school equivalency.
If you’re taking the GED in order to be accepted into a career program or college, you are required to score 165-174 in order to bypass taking college placement exams or courses.
Test takers are allowed to retake a section of the GED two additional times after their initial test.
After taking the second retake, test takers will have to review their states waiting period before taking the GED section again. Most states require a minimum of sixty days.
The price per subject varies from state to state. To see how much taking the GED in your state
costs, visit: https://ged.com/about_test/price_and_state_rules/ By paying per section, you can space out your test sections instead of paying for one flat fee to have to take the test all in one sitting.
The best way to study for the test is to begin by taking a free GED practice test. Taking a practice test allows you to gauge where you are and what areas you need to focus on. Start by reviewing the lessons and topics you scored low on your practice test. Focus on 1-2 topics at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed. After 1-2 weeks of studying those areas, redo a practice test to see how much your score has improved. Keep practicing those skills but add 1-2 new areas to study to continue working on.
This method allows you to narrowly focus on something difficult and slowly improve in those areas.
Taking the GED online is easy, but does come with a few technical requirements including a webcam, internet, computer, and private space. After scheduling your GED test, you’ll be given technical specs and instructions.