How long is the GED test?

There are 4 GED® subtests and each of these subtests takes between 70 to 115 minutes.

If you would decide to take all 4 subjects at once it would take around 7.5 hours to complete.

It’s unlikely, however, that a student takes all four GED subjects in one day.

The best practices say that you should schedule (and pay for) one GED subtest at the time.

The four modules cover the academic subject fields of Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, and Language Arts.

The time allowed to complete these separate subtests is as follows:
Social Studies: 70 minutes
Science: 90 minutes
Math: 115 minutes
Language Arts: 150 minutes including a 10-minute break

The GED exam is a high school equivalency test that assesses skills and knowledge at a level comparable to that of graduating high school seniors.

The GED passing score is in line with what colleges request college-bound students to know and understand, and what employers expect applicants for entry-level positions to master.

The GED exam is for individuals who don’t hold a high school degree. It offers them one more shot at earning a credential that is accepted in lieu of a high school diploma by practically all North American employers, government agencies, and institutions of post-secondary education.

The first step for anyone looking to earn a GED diploma or certificate (that depends on the state) is to create an account on the official website GED.com. There is no obligation or fee associated with creating an account at the portal MyGED. This portal additionally offers lots of important and useful information about the exam, testing tips, job market information, career training, salaries information, and much more.

Most states don’t require test-takers to first attend a prep course and/or take the GED Ready® practice test but the GED is a challenging exam and proper preparation is your key to success. Keep in mind that you have the option to take the four GED subject tests one (or more) at a time.

GED Ready is the official GED practice test, a shortened version of the real GED test, that indicates whether or not a student is likely to pass the real thing.

In most states, adults ages 18 and over may sit for the GED exam without any restrictions or special conditions as long as they meet the qualification criteria. Most states allow 16 and 17-year-olds to sit for the GED exam as well if they meet additional requirements. For the situation on your state, click here.

GED Cost

The GED is a computer-based test exam conducted exclusively at authorized GED testing centers. Online testing is not available. In most states, the GED test costs around $120 for the entire battery buy you can register and pay for the four modules individually.

Four states offer high school equivalency testing at no charge to their residents and a number of states subsidize the exam partially. More information is available on this page.

The GED exam is available in English and Spanish and at some test centers in French as well. The default language, however, is English so when scheduling your tests, make sure to select Spanish for each module if you want to take the tests in Spanish.

At a GED test center, test-takers must provide current photo identification that includes their names, addresses, dates of birth, and signatures. Acceptable photo IDs include Driver’s License, Passport, Government-issued Photo ID, Military ID, or another form of national or foreign government-issued ID. To learn all about what’s on the GED test, check out this page.

GED Passing Scores

A GED diploma or certificate (depending on your state) is awarded to candidates that have attained at least a 145 score on each of the modules for a total GED score of 580 or higher. There are four performance levels on a 100-200 scale:

  • Level 1, 100 – 144 = below passing score
  • Level 2, 145 – 164 = high school equivalency passing score
  • Level 3, 165 – 174 = college-ready score
  • Level 4, 175 – 200 = college-ready + credit score

GED Scores and College Admission

Practically all U.S. colleges and universities accept the GED credential in the same way as a common high school diploma and an increasing number of schools recognize Level 3 and Level 4 GED scores. More information about GED scores can be found on this page.

The GED college-ready score (165-174) demonstrates that a student has the skills and knowledge needed to attend college-level courses. Depending on the school or the academic program applied to, students may not have to take a college placement test or remedial courses before they can enroll in credit-bearing college courses.

The GED college-ready + credit score (175-200) demonstrates that a student commands some of the knowledge and skills taught in college-level academic courses.

Depending on the program or the school applied to, students may be eligible for receiving one credit in English and up to three credits in Social Studies, three credits in Math, and three credits in Science. Online GED testing is not possible. The tests are exclusively administered at state-approved test centers.

 

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