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GED in New Jersey

New Jersey not only introduced the all-new computer-based GED® exam to assess its residents’ high school equivalent knowledge level but decided to offer the TASC and HiSET exams as well.

Testing centers decide which testing method(s) they will provide (check with centers), and there are quite a few facilities that offer preparation to get all set to pass the New Jersey High School Equivalency (HSE) exam.

Lowered GED passing score

The passing score for each of the four GED subtests was lowered to 145 (down from 150) in January 2016 as it appeared the bar was raised a little too high. Scoring occurs on a 100-200 scale. Learn more here. Don’t also forget to check our article about signing up for your GED exam at MyGED.

TASC and HiSET

Some testing centers were offering the CTB/McGraw-Hill TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) in a paper-and-pencil version, others were offering the HiSET by ETS (Educational Testing Services), but paper-based testing is no longer possible in New Jersey. It is the mission of testing centers to assess the academic skills of test takers and to provide them with information for appropriate placement and advising. By doing this they will enhance the students’ opportunities to achieve academic success and the proper work environment.

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GED prep classes in and around (click on your nearest city):

Atlantic City
Bridgewater
Camden
Edison
Elizabeth
Jersey City
Morristown
Newark
Paterson
Toms River
Trenton
Vineland

Prepare well

Most of the time you will need to take a pre-test to discover your weak and strong points. When you are well prepared, you can take the High School Equivalency (HSE) examination at one of the official testing sites in New Jersey. After passing the exam you will be awarded the HSE certificate or diploma. The GED exam includes four tests that cover these subject areas: Literacy, Social Studies, Science, and Math. The TASC and HiSET exams have five tests as the Literacy section is split up in a writing and a reading test. These two alternatives are cheaper than the GED test.

The TASC and HiSET exams have five tests as the Literacy section is split up in a writing and a reading test. These two alternatives are cheaper than the GED test. The GED modules may be taken separately within a period of two years. This is not the case with the HiSET and TASC exams.

New Jersey GED requirements

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  • In New Jersey, 18 is the minimum age (those who are 16 and 17 must meet more restrictions – see a testing site near you)
  • Fee: $120 for GED (HiSET and TASC are cheaper)
  • New Jersey requires state residency
  • Out-of-state GED test scores are valid in New Jersey
  • You cannot have graduated from high school nor can you be attending another school program

On January 1, 2014, New Jersey changed the system for the state’s high school equivalency testing. New Jersey has decided to use multiple tests for people who want to earn a state-issued equivalency to a high school diploma. Each individual testing center determines which test(s) to offer in that center.

From January 2016, high school equivalency testing is only possible on a computer, no more paper-based testing! New Jersey residents can leave their No. 2 pencils at home. Only applicants who need special accommodation (for example a medical reason), can take the exam in a paper-based format. The high school equivalency exam must still be taken at one of New Jersey’s official testing centers, online testing is NOT possible. State officials say New Jersey is the first state to entirely make the switch to computer-based HSE testing.

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New Jersey GED testing sites

Blackwood
Camden Co. College – College Drive, Blackwood, NJ 08012, 856  – 227-7200 x 4180
Cape May Court House
Technical School – 188 Crest Haven Rd, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210, 609-465-2161 x 645
Denville
Morris Co. School of Technology – 400 E Main St, Denville, NJ 07834, 973-627-4600 x 245
Edison
Community Learning Ctr at Roosevelt – 1 Roosevelt Dr, Edison, NJ 08837, 732-321-2201
Elizabeth
Union Co. College – 12-24 W Jersey St, Elizabeth, NJ 07202, 908-659-5154
Hackensack
Bergen Co. Tech School – 11 Carol Crt, Hackensack Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601, 201-343-6000 x 2293
Bergen Community College – 355 Main St, Hackensack, NJ 07601, 201-301-9655
Hamilton Township
Hamilton Adult School – 90 Park Ave, Hamilton Township, NJ 08690, 609-631-4100 x 3055
Jersey City
Employment & Training Center – 525 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, 201-631-6348
Lincroft
Brookdale Community College – 765 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft, NJ 07738, 732-224-2584
Long Branch
Brookdale Community College – 213 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ 07740, 732-229-8440 x 1505
Newark
La Casa de Don Pedro – 39 Broadway, Newark, NJ 07107, 973-481-4568
Essex Co College – 303 University Ave, Newark, NJ 07102, 973-877-3093
Newton
Sussex Co. Community College – 1 College Hill, Newton, NJ 07860, 973-300-2155
Paterson
Adult & Cont. Education Ctr – 151 Ellison St, Paterson, NJ 07505, 973-321-0760 x27624
Pleasantville
Atlantic Co. One Stop – 2 South Main St, Second Floor, Pleasantville, NJ 08232, 609-485-0052 x 140
Sewell
Gloucester Co. College – 1400 Tanyard Rd., Sewell,- NJ 08080, 856 – 468-5000 x6228
Toms River
Ocean Co. College – 1 College Dr, Toms River, NJ 08754, 732-255-0530
Trenton
Mercer Co. Comm. Coll. – James Kerney Campus, 102 N Broad St, Ste 118, Trenton, NJ 08608, 609-570-3185
Juvenile Justice Commission – 1001 Spruce St, Trenton, NJ 08638, 609-943-4931
New Jersey Dept. of Corrections – Whittlesey Rd, Trenton, NJ 08625, 609-292-8245
Vineland
Adult Learning Ctr – 610 E Montrose St, Vineland, NJ 08360, 856-794-6943
Washington
Warren Co. Technical School – 1500 Rt 57 W, Washington, NJ 07882, 908-835-2480
Willingboro
Burlington Co. College – 300 Willingboro Pkwy, Willingboro, NJ 08046, 609-877-4520 x 3000
Woodstown
Salem Co. Voc/Tech School – 890 New Jersey 45, Woodstown, NJ 08098, 856-769-0101 x 5264

New Jersey Department of Education (High School Equivalency Office) P.O. Box 500, Trenton, NJ 08625-0500, Ph: 609-777-1050

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How to prepare well

Contact a GED prep or test center near you to find out if you qualify, or go to GED.com and sign up with MyGED. You should not already have a high school diploma or similar, and you cannot be signed up for any school program. If you qualify, check testing dates and fees, and see which test is used.

Get optimally informed. Find out all requirements and regulations at the GED test center or find a good online prep program. Prepare well to become all set to take the test. A pre-test will indicate what sectors you need to pay extra attention to. Local bookstores can provide study materials, and you can find many online preparation classes as well, but all over New Jersey, there are locations where, often at no cost at all, preparation classes are offered.

GED passing score

The new GED is measured on a scale that runs from 100 to 200. On each of the four GED subtests (Math, Literacy, Social Studies, Science) you need to get to a score of at least 145.
Passing score: 145-164 (high school equivalency)
College-ready score: 165-174
College-ready Plus college credit score: 175-200

TASC and HiSET

The minimum TASC passing score is 500 on each of the five sub-teats (Writing, Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies). There is one additional requirement on the essay part: you must attain at least a 2 out of the possible 8. The HiSET passing criteria are that you score at least 8 (out of 20) on each of the five sub-tests, score at least 2 out of 6 points on your essay, and achieve no less than 45 (out of 100) overall.

GED and the economy

In the contemporary employment market, you really need to have at least have a high school or equivalent diploma. In case never completed high school, earning a GED (General Education Development) diploma is a great alternative to secure a well-paying and rewarding job. This is particularly the case in New Jersey where every year, tens of thousands of new job opportunities are created that require a secondary education degree. In the last few years, the New Jersey Healthcare and Education sectors created more than 24,000 new jobs annually of which the majority were positions at entry-level!

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Jobs with a GED diploma

Get your GED diploma as it will be your first step toward a better paying job, a new career, or your ticket to higher education. In the last decade, the state of New Jersey issued over 75,000 GED diplomas. This proves that the GED program provides the best appreciated and most popular alternative to a regular high school diploma.

If you would like to keep up with economic developments, get a good job and find a better way of life, invest in a great education by taking on the GED test right now by attending prep classes. If you want to sit for the set of four GED tests in New Jersey, or one of the available alternatives, you must be at least 18 years of age (for 16 and 17-year-olds, parental permission and a withdrawal document from your former school are required), not have a secondary school credential, and be a resident of New Jersey.