Getting your GED Diploma might seem overwhelming but it is not that complicated and it can be done in a few steps.
The GED exam measures basic knowledge at a level that high school students must command upon graduation.
Sometimes a test taker may be able to pass four GED tests without any special preparation, but most applicants will need to study to pass the GED test.
You can study online or sign up for the traditional GED prep classes near you.
Let’s explore what the GED® Test is, how to prepare for it and, of course, how to be successful on the GED Test.
What is the GED Test?
If you don’t have a high school diploma, you can take the GED® Test to earn your high school equivalency diploma.
Holding the credential means you will be able to go to college and apply for jobs that require a high school diploma.
This test is provided by the GED Testing Service LLC.
More than 95 percent of all institutions of higher education recognize and accept the GED certificate as being comparable to a common high school diploma.
- The 4 GED subject tests are in Math, Language, Science, Social Studies
- The passing score on each subtest is 145 (out of 200)
- You have 2 years to pass all 4 subject tests
- The GED testing fee is around $30 per subject in most states, and retakes are often cheaper. In some states testing is free. Check how it works in your state here
- Age requirement: usually you must be at least 16 years old but for those 16/17, restrictions apply. Check the Age Requirements in your state here
- To sign up for the GED you need to make an account on the official GED website. Click here to read all about it
What’s on the GED Test
The following are the subject fields in which your knowledge is assessed on the GED test:
Math (Mathematical Reasoning): Students should be familiar with arithmetic and math concepts, measurements, equations, and applying math concepts to solve real-life
problems. You’ll have access to a formula sheet that gives you information like how to calculate the area for different shapes.
Literacy (Reasoning through Language Arts): Applicants should be familiar with reading and writing concepts, along with grammar. Students don’t need to memorize giant vocabulary words or diagram sentences.
Social Studies: Students should be familiar with basic social studies concepts, but you’re not expected to have in-depth knowledge of each topic. You don’t need to know the capitals of countries or the timeframes that certain wars occurred.
Science: Students should be familiar with basic science concepts, but you’re not expected to have in-depth knowledge of each topic. They don’t need to know the entire periodic table of elements or the number of bones in the human body.
How long does it take to prepare for the GED
- It can take three months to get a GED® diploma if you study 2-3 times a week for at least 1 hour. If you would learn once a week, it will take 6-8 months to get ready for the GED® test. Read here how to achieve these results.
- Make sure you check our online classes to prepare for the real exam. We offer 128 free video classes and 95 practice tests for the GED test
- To check locations of traditional classes near you, click here
The GED Passing Chart
Below Passing Score: 100 – 144
Passing Score (High School Equivalency): 145 – 164
College Ready Score: 165 – 174
College Ready Score + Credit: 175 – 200
TASC and HiSET tests come with separate writing and reading tests (so five in total) and are available both on paper and computer-based (except in New Jersey where all tests are only available on a computer).
How to sign up for the GED Test
To sign up for the GED test you need to visit ged.com and create your account with MyGED. This is a great and efficiently designed website that allows you to schedule your exam. Check our step-by-step manual how to do it.
GED Test Language options
The GED exam is offered in English and Spanish with special formats available for the visually handicapped, and at some testing sites in French as well.
Special arrangements for physically disabled applicants are possible, please contact the Chief Examiner for arrangements and official approval.
Free GED /TASC/HiSET testing
Four states offer GED, TASC, or HiSET testing for free: New York, West Virginia, Connecticut, and Maine.
- New York and West Virginia use the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion)
- Maine is using the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test)
- Connecticut uses the GED (General Education Development) Test (but there is a small registration fee)
2 states partly subsidize the GED test:
- Arkansas: the GED exam fee is $16 ($4 per module or test)
- Maryland: the GED exam costs $45 for all 4 subjects, $11,25 per module
Alternatives to GED
The GED Test is the most used high school equivalency test, but there are a few alternatives, the TASC and HiSET.
There is also the possibility to earn an online high school diploma. Just make sure the course is legit and accredited. Click here to read about High School Diploma for Adults
Why do You Need The GED Diploma
Obtaining a GED diploma has many benefits, and successful completion of the program and passing the exam gives adults better employment options and the opportunity to continue their education.