The GED® Certificate is awarded to a student who passes the four subject tests of the GED exam. The GED Certificate is also known as a GED Diploma and it’s the alternative to a common High School Degree.
Earning your GED Diploma may take some time and requires some effort on your behalf but doing so is absolutely worth the time and effort.
It is your passport toward better-paying and more interesting jobs and allows for a college education.
Across North America, the GED diploma is accepted in the same way as a standard high school diploma by government agencies, academic institutions, and employers.
Individuals holding a secondary degree (high school or GED diploma) are expected to make at least $9.500 more annually than those who don’t.
In this post, we’ll address some frequently asked questions and other issues related to GED testing and the GED Certificate.
What does the GED exam cost?
The GED (General Education Development) diploma that you’ll receive after passing the four independent GED subtests costs nothing but the cost of GED testing is, in most states, between$120 and $160. There are also states that subsidize GED testing entirely or partially.
Please beware of fake “GED Certificates”. Online-bought so-called GED degrees are not even worth the paper they’re printed on and schools and employers can very easily verify if your credential is fake or not. These things are worthless and might even get you in trouble so please don’t even think about it! For the cost in your state, check out this post.
GED vs High School diploma
The certificate that you’ll be awarded after passing the four GED subtests (also called modules) is recognized and accepted just like a standard HS diploma across North America. For information about the GED application process, check out this page.
You may want to check, though, with your preferred college to learn about their entrance requirements so you’ll meet all their prerequisites. A student may need all the help he or she can get in order to complete the GED high school equivalency test successfully. Twitter and Facebook may also provide useful information.
Must I take a GED prep class before GED testing?
In most states, you can sit for the four GED tests without first having to attend a prep class or completing a practice test.
When will I receive my GED?
When you’ve passed the four GED modules, your GED Scores Page will indicate that you passed the GED exam. You will receive a secure electronic diploma and a so-called “Smart Transcript”. All this sent directly after your scores are known to the email address you used for testing.
You can also request an official printed version to be sent to you via mail to your address free of charge. You can also print the electronic version or email it to prospective employers or your preferred college. Check with their admissions department or office for possible additional prerequisites.
How to register for the GED test
Registration is done online at the portal MyGED on the official GED website GED.com. Here you can create your personal account that’s used for registration, payments, and scheduling your tests. The four tests are in Social Studies, Science, English Language, and Math.
Everything is done online and this website gives also tons of GED-related information and study and employment advice. You can view your test results right after testing and transcripts are also available online.
Your GED diploma demonstrates that you master the skills required to be successful in college and ready for the contemporary work floor. More information may also be found on main social platforms like Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter. For a more detailed overview, check out this post.
Do I qualify for GED testing?
GED testing is for individuals who never completed their regular high school education. You cannot be currently registered for another educational program and not already hold a high school diploma.
In most states, you must be at least 18 years old but 16 and 17-year olds may in most states qualify as well if they meet strict under-age requirements. For the situation in your state, check this article.
Can I earn a GED when I turn 16?
Procedures may vary by state but in general, you can only sit for the GED test as an under-age applicant (16 or 127 years of age) if you meet the requirements listed under the next question.
In some states, under-age successful test-takers will have to wait until their 18th birthday before they will receive their GED certificates. Until then, they hold a letter stating that their certificates are withheld until their 18th birthday.
I am underage. Can I test or attend a GED prep class?
In most states, the following applies for 16 and 17-year-olds if they want to register for the GED test or a GED course.
- You must hold an official Withdrawal Letter from your last school or your school district
- You must have an approval letter signed by a parent or guardian
- You must have a government-issued ID
Is earning a GED easier and quicker than completing high school?
Don’t think that there is an easy way of earning a high school diploma or a GED certificate. The passing standards for passing the GED test are set in such a way that more than forty percent of all high school graduates would not be able to pass the GED tests at the first try.
Sure, with a lot of hard work and a lot of intense preparation, some students might pass the GED sooner than that they would finish high school but this path is definitely not for everyone!
Can I take one GED subtest at a time?
Yes, the GED exam is modular, meaning you have the freedom to take the tests separately. There’s no need to take it all in one go, though many students prefer to take more than one subtest when they come to an official testing site.
Is there an online GED test?
Until recently, there was no online GED testing option. Getting all set for the four GED modules through an online prep course was already fine, but to take the GED test, you were required to show up in person at one of your state’s official GED test centers. This has now changed with the introduction of an online proctored GED testing option. Learn more here.
Free GED practice tests
You can find many free GED practice tests. This website offers numerous GED practice tests and video lessons at no charge and most schools let you take free practice tests as well for free. The official GED Ready® practice test, though, will cost you $6 per testing subject but this the only practice test that will predict if you’re likely to pass or not. It also comes with test analyses and advice on what fields you should center on most.
Is there a paper-based GED test?
Paper-based GED testing is NOT possible. The alternatives high school equivalency tests HiSET and TASC are available both on paper and on a computer, but the GED is offered exclusively in a computer-based format.
Be aware, though, that in New Jersey, a state that offers all three options, only computerized testing is possible. If you want to see which option(s) your state uses, go to this post.
Can I take a job-training course before I’ve earned my GED?
Many community colleges and occupational centers offer career or technical classes for adults working toward their GED certificate. Courses offered include often auto mechanics, firefighting, healthcare-related, carpentry, or graphic arts.
These courses are, in general, open to HS students and adults. Usually, there are no diploma requirements to attend these courses, though often, HS students are prioritized for enrollment.
Does my GED qualify me for college?
Yes, it does. Your GED certificate is equivalent to a common high school diploma and does get you into college. Practically all 2 and 4-year colleges and public and private universities recognize your GED credential in the same way as a high school degree. In California, however, the situation is slightly different. There, you just must be at least 18 years of age to attend community college courses.
There, a high school or GED diploma is not a requirement but applicants may need to take remedial college courses, and to be able to sign up for majors like engineering, a GED or HS diploma may be required before students qualify for a four-year college or university program.
The adult education department of many community colleges offers GED preparatory classes, often at no charge. Right after testing, your scores and will be available to you and you may also request a transcript. Holding a high school diploma or GED is required for just about any job and if you receive a decent form of training at an education site, your future will be bright and shining!
Last Updated on February 6, 2021.