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GED Test: All You Need To Know

All information below is important for your GED test. Holding this will help you to save time and get your achievement.

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1. What is the GED test?

GED stands for General Educational Development that measures test-takers' skills in a variety of important subjects. It covers 4 areas: Mathematical Reasoning, Reasoning Through Language Arts, Science, Social Studies as well as the ability to express yourself. If you pass the test, it means that general levels of academic achievement are equivalent to those who get high school diplomas.

2. Is the GED certificate the same as a high school diploma?

The GED certificate isn’t the same as a high school diploma, but you can use it to apply to college, find a job, or benefit your career. The major difference between them is where they are accepted. Prestigious 4-year colleges/universities may only accept a high school diploma instead of a GED. However, almost all community colleges welcome GED holders. Technical schools and 2-year programs also recognize a GED diploma as satisfactory for admission.

3. How do I prepare for the GED Test?

There are three main steps to pass your GED Test: plan, practice, and pass. Be sure you are prepared carefully by finding out what your strengths and weaknesses are and set up a specific study plan that will work best for you. Our free GED practice tests will help you identify exactly which knowledge areas you need to work hard on by very interesting learning methods, round by round just like playing games. 

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4. Can I take the GED test online?

In the past, the GED test wasn't available online. You could only take the test on a computer at a physical test center with an on-site proctor that monitors all candidates. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Accredited GED online test now has a web testing version for eligible students in participating states. It is best to contact your state test center to find out more. Be aware of third party testing sites offering you online testing because these centers are not valid and illegal in most states. Make sure you apply through your state's official testing service to get your valid and accredited GED certificate.

5. What is the passing score of the GED Test?

As mentioned above, a minimum score of 145 out of 200 on each of the four subjects is required to pass. There are three score-levels of GED test scores: 

GED Passing Score (145-164): This level indicates that you have the equivalent level of knowledge to a graduated high school student.

GED College Ready (165-174): If you score in this score range, that means you have got enough required skills to learn college-level courses and may be free from placement tests or other remedial courses (non-credit) in college. This will save both your money and time to earn a degree faster. 

GED College Ready + Credit (175-200): If your score is from 175 to 200, you have demonstrated skills taught in college-level courses and could be eligible to get college credit!

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6. What is the length of the GED test?

The total time for all 4 GED Tests is roughly 7.5 hours. The Reasoning Through Language Arts section is a 150-minute test. The Mathematical Reasoning test is taken by all applicants by a 115-minute test. On the first several questions (about 5-7 questions), calculators are not allowed, but the remaining test allows calculators. Social Studies is the shortest test. Test-takers have 70 minutes to finish it. The Science test lasts 90 minutes.

7. Who is eligible to take the GED test?

GED Test requirements depend on which state you register for. But most states require that you are at least 16 years of age (some states require 18) and currently not enrolled in high school. Some states also require that you have to complete a prep GED program. There are some additional requests for those in the federal prison system.

8. How hard is the GED test?

If your score is 145/200 on each test subject, that indicates you have passed your GED! Scoring at the passing level is a great achievement and definitely helps you to build upon your future. You can apply to college, advance your recent career, or find a better job, and earn more money. 

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