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How To Get Your GED

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.

  • 4 GED subject tests: Math, Language, Science, Social Studies
  • 145 points per subject to pass
  • 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 cheaper. In some states testing is free. Check how it works in your state here
  • Age requirement: usually you must be 16 years old but for those 16/17, restrictions apply. Check what are 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 about it

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

How long does it take to prepare for the GED