Your Questions Answered: GED classes and test

Here are some short answers to questions you asked us about GED classes, the GED® test, and job requirements.

How long are pre-GED classes?

For many people, education is hard to access, and often, they lack basic education. For these people, pre-GED classes offer great opportunities so they can take a big step toward reaching their educational objectives.

Usually, pre-GED classes will take some 6 to 8 weeks. Pre-GED classes center on English and basic grammar and are generally offered in relatively small-sized groups of up to eight students at numerous locations across the nation.

How long you will need to complete a pre-GED course depends mainly on how much time you can or will dedicate to studying and your earlier educational level.

To be able to attend pre-GED classes successfully, participants need to be at, or near, the 8th-grade English reading level and understand the fundamentals of reading and writing.

These days, there are also quite a few very good online GED prep courses that include pre-GED coursework. You can study at your own pace but self-discipline is absolutely required to attend online courses successfully!

Attending a pre-GED course will definitely have a positive effect on the lives of participants. It will get them all set for taking a regular GED prep course so they can secure a decently-paying and rewarding job or even go to college after they passed the GED exam.

Following a pre-GED course allows students to continue their academic education and receive a certificate or diploma of High School Equivalency. Whether you’ll get a diploma or a certificate depends on your state.

What supplies do I need for GED classes?

If you plan to attend a GED prep class, you should have some supplies at hand such as a notebook, pencils, and perhaps a GED review book to be able to attend the class successfully.

To help you understand the GED subject matter, you can download free materials such as practice questions, tutorials, and reference sheets.

On the GED Math test, in section two, you can use a calculator, the TI-30 XS. On the test, there will be an on-screen version of this scientific calculator but you can also bring your own hand-held device. Only this calculator is allowed!

So you should get familiar with how this calculator works, already in your prep class! If you take the GED test online, you can’t use the hand-held device so you should practice a lot with the on-screen version.

While attending class, jot down all of your remarks and questions, and don’t hesitate to ask some explanation on whatever subject or topic you don’t understand. Use your pencils and notebook. That’s what they’re there for, right?

If you sign up for an online GED prep program, there usually are lots of video lessons with transcripts so you can play the video or read the transcript over and over again until you master the subject matter.

Well, practice makes perfect, so take as many practice tests as you can. If you do this, you’ll discover what your weaker points are and which subject fields need your attention most.

Go over what you already know very quickly and don’t spend too much of your valuable study time on that. Rather focus on those areas that you don’t command.

Study those fields and take practice tests again, until you’ve got it all under control, and success on the GED exam will be yours!

My GED tests are scheduled. Do I still have to go to class?

We often are asked if attending class is still required when students have already registered and paid for the GED tests.

Well, this all depends on your state. There are states that require GED test-takers to complete a prep course before they’re allowed to sit for the tests but in most states, you don’t have to complete a GED prep course or take a practice test first.

To qualify for taking the GED exam online, however, taking the official GED Practice test (the GED Ready® test) first and attaining scores in the “likely to pass” (or “Green”) zone is required.

So in general, there’s no need to go to class if your GED tests are scheduled. There are four separate and independent GED tests that cover the academic subject fields of Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts. You are allowed to take these tests one at a time.

If, however, your state requires GED test-takers to complete a prep course first, make sure you don’t miss out on any class appointments. Wouldn’t it be a shame if you were not allowed to sit for your scheduled and paid tests because of just missing a class?

Keep also in mind that a number of states require GED test-takers to additionally take and pass a Constitution and/or Civics test. Check our page about your state, or with a prep or test site to learn about your state’s specific requirements.

Is a GED the same as a remedial and developmental program?

No, a GED not the same as a remedial and developmental program. The GED credential has the same value as a regular high school degree. It does not replace remedial or developmental programs or courses but will help you keep your academic achievement.

Both with a high school degree or GED, colleges may require students to first attend remedial or developmental coursework before they can enroll in credit-bearing academic courses to be successful in college.

So developmental and remedial programs are designed to support college-bound students for success in college-level programs. These programs will not let you earn college credit but they may count as credits when it concerns full- or part-time status and financial aid.

When you are placed into a developmental or remedial course, you must take these courses and attain sufficient scores before the school allows you to enroll in college-level coursework.

Usually, college-bound students must take developmental courses in Mathematics or Academic Literacy. College-level coursework is academically challenging and rigorous and quite a few students require additional coursework to get properly prepared for this academic level.

Developmental and remedial courses help students to attain that standard as they focus on the skills and information required for success in college.

Why is my college asking for GED scores?

When you’ve completed your GED exam, you qualify for a college education. If you reached high GED scores, you may even have some admissions requirements waived. Many students ask us “Why is my college asking for my GED scores”?

Students looking to go to college or university with a GED diploma will generally, just like high school grads, have to submit their score reports. There are vocational and trade schools that do not require applicants to hold a GED or HS diploma, but most do.

This way, colleges can determine if the student needs some additional education or courses before successfully attending college-level coursework. Schools use these test scores for proper course placement after enrollment.

Usually, colleges and universities accept GED graduates in the same way as high school graduates but, just like high school students, they may be required to submit SAT or ACT scores or successfully take a state-specific college acceptance test.

Examples are the TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Assessment in Texas and the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) in Florida.

Students that have attained high GED scores, however, may have the ACT or SAT or a state-specific college placement test requirement waived. There are three passing score levels on the GED exam, High School Equivalency (145-164), College-Ready (165-174), and College-ready Plus Credit (175-200).

So you see, scoring well on the GED really pays off. Supplemental remedial courses may not have to be taken before attending college classes, saving lots of time and money! For more information about how the GED test is scored, check here.

What does financial aid ask for if you got a GED to take college courses?

Students with a GED (General Educational Development) diploma qualify for financial aid in college in the same way as high school graduates do. The GED has legally the same value as a high school degree.

Keep in mind, though that, in most states, the GED test is not free. In most states, taking the four GED subtests (Nath, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Science) will set you back around $120 though there are states that offer the exam at reduced fees or even totally free for residents.

To qualify for financial support to finance your college education, you are required to hold a high school diploma or GED. If you hold an associate’s degree, you also qualify for financial aid.

Bear also in mind, though, that even students that don’t meet these requirements may still be able to get financial aid for their college education under the ATB (Ability to Benefit) act.

So if you apply to college with a GED, the same types of financial aid are available to you as to applicants with a common high school credential. All students looking to receive financial aid must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, generally referred to as FAFSA.

There are a number of financial aid options available including federal loan programs, federal grant programs, scholarships, tuition reimbursement incentives, and financial aid for veterans.

Who do you talk to about getting your GED at home?

When you think about taking the GED exam from the comfort of your home, it is important you understand the requirements to qualify for online testing.

You need to meet your state’s requirements, score in the “likely to pass” (green) zone on the official GED Ready® practice test, have a computer with a webcam, and a reliable internet connection.

So you need to talk with your family members as you need a quiet room where you can study for the four GED subtests (Social Studies, Math, Science, and Language) quietly and from where you can take the online proctored GED test.

You also need to contact GED Testing Service and register for the exam. You are required to set up your account on the website GED.com. This is also the place for making payments.

You have the option to sit for (and pay for) one of the GED subject tests at a time. A proctor will monitor your test-taking activities and check if all goes in line with some pretty strict rules and regulations.

Then you also may want to contact a physical prep class facility or sign up for a good online GED prep course. The GED is a challenging exam and you better get perfectly prepared to avoid any disappointments.

The online proctored (O.P.) GED exam was launched in 2020 and is offered in practically all states and U.S. territories. In earlier days, test-takers could only sit for the GED exam at state-designated test centers.

You cannot take the online GED exam on a tablet or smartphone and the room where you plan to take the test must be a private room where the doors can be closed.

Keep also in mind that before schedule and pay for (one of) your subtests, running a system check is critical to make sure your computer is meeting all of the requirements.

I took the GED test years ago and only had one section to pass. Why do I have to start all over?

The employment market changes; educational standards, methods, and requirements change; The world around us changes. And so the GED exam changes accordingly to meet industry expectations and educational requirements.

The latest edition of the GED exam dates back to 2014 when some major changes were included. Your writing skills are assessed all through the exam so that section disappeared. here is now one Language Arts subject test.

So the latest GED edition has four subtests (modules) instead of the earlier five. The modules cover Science, Mathematics, Language Arts, and Social Studies.

The current GED test must be taken exclusively on a computer which is understandable because, in the contemporary job market, there aren’t many positions (also not at the entry-level) that do not involve some sort of keyboarding or computer skills.

So GED testing results from before January 2014 do not count anymore toward your GED diploma. Old scores are void and all test results for all subject tests must be achieved in 2014 or later. No exceptions!

So if you took the GED test years ago and passed most subject tests but not all, your scores do not count. You will have to start all over again, but the advantage is that you can take the four subject tests one at a time. No need to do it all in one take as in earlier days.

I need to retake the Math GED test but my results are from out of state

GED test results are valid in every state that uses the GED (General Education Development) exam for high school equivalency (HSE) testing.

It doesn’t matter in which state you initially took the Math test or any other of the four GED independent subtests (Math, Science, Social Studies, Language).

There are states, however, that use a different HSE exam, for example, the HiSET® or TASC™ exam. Scores attained on these exams do not count for the GED exam and vice versa.

So regardless of where you took your initial GED Math test, you are free to take the retest in any other state as long as that state uses the GED exam; not one of the alternatives.

The GED subject tests are scored on a 100-200 scale and the passing score on EACH of the four modules is 145. So an overall score of 580 or higher is minimally required.

You can even reach a total score higher than 580 and still not pass the GED exam if your score on one of the subtests is less than 145! Averaging is not possible.

There are three GED passing score categories: 145-164 is GED High School Equivalency; 165-174 is GED College-Ready; 175-200 is GED College-Ready + Credits.

Keep in mind that for 12 months after your initial registration for the GED Math test, a discount applies. The GED discount applies to maximally two retests, as long as you take them within one calendar year of your initial Math test. This also counts for the other three GED modules.

The GED test is a pretty challenging exam and your skills and knowledge are assesses at a level comparable to that of graduating high school seniors. Getting optimally prepared is your key to success!

Can I listen to music while taking my GED exam online?

The four GED subtests can now also be taken online from the comfort of your home. You can take the four subject tests one at a time, and the online exam is available in English and Spanish.

Your test-taking activities will be closely and securely monitored by an online proctor. This guarantees that everything will happen in line with some pretty strict regulations.

Listening to music during your tests is not only bad for your concentration, but it is not allowed as well! We often get the question of whether listing to music is allowed during the GED test, but we don’t quite understand why you would do that.

The GED exam is a fully computer-based, very challenging exam that requires all of your attention. The passing score (145 on each subtest) is set at such a level that some 40% of high school grads would not be able to pass the tests on their first try!

To qualify for taking the GED exam online, you’ll first have to take the GED Ready® practice test and reach scores in the “Green” (likely to pass) zone for each of the subject tests. So this score is required for EACH of the four GED subtests.

You must have a computer (desktop or laptop) with a webcam and your internet connection must be secure and reliable. Make sure you’ll run a system test so you will be sure your computer is meeting the requirements.

The room where you want to take the online test must have four walls, doors that can be closed, and free from any distraction, including music! Bear also in mind that your GED Ready scores cannot be older than 60 days!

Can you get a decent job while in the current course to get the GED?

While studying toward your GED, you may very well qualify for a position that requires applicants to hold a high school diploma or a GED.

Just make sure you inform the potential or your current employer about your situation fully and honestly. Generally, employers value motivation, discretion, loyalty, and honesty very high.

The GED diploma allows for getting a decently-paying position and also if you have a job currently, earning your GED may qualify you for job promotions and higher earnings.

There are so many reasons why talented people couldn’t complete their high school curriculum and colleges and employers know that as well. So GED test-takers shouldn’t be lumped together.

There are so many hardworking individuals that had to drop out of high school for reasons beyond their influence. Some had health issues, many people had to work at a young age to support their families, and sometimes, they just weren’t ready yet to attend school for whatever reason.

Holding a GED not only qualifies you for a college education. The credential is the equivalency of a common high school diploma and you can apply for a better job that comes with better earnings.

So while studying hard to pass the four GED subject tests, you may very well already apply for a position that requires a secondary education degree or apply for a job promotion within your current work environment.

Keep also in mind that if you score strongly on the GED exam, say in the 165-200 range on all four subtests, you definitely have an edge over the average high school graduate.

Scores in these ranges (College-Ready and College-Ready PLUS Credit) are usually considered more than equivalent to a common high school diploma. So even if you don’t plan to go to college, attaining strong GED scores will enhance your employment options considerably.

Do I need a GED degree to take a car inspection class?

Yes, you need a GED degree to take a car inspection class. Holding a high school diploma or GED is required to become a car or transportation inspector. In some states, you also need to be certified to work as a vehicle inspector.

Though most experience is gained through on-the-job training, you will have to attend a vocational or trade college, or a community college, where you will learn the skills and acquire the knowledge needed to inspect various transportation modes.

Many community colleges and vocational schools offer certification programs that include in-person instruction as well as hands-on experience. The lessons include subjects such as, for example, mechanics, transportation regulations, quality assurance, and safety protocols.

Most states require you to earn a Vehicle Safety Inspection Certificate as part of the licensing process for motorcycles, cars, light-duty trucks, heavy trucks, trailers.

Many car inspectors start as car mechanics to learn all they need to know. This valuable experience is very useful when they have to inspect vehicles for mechanical failures, damage, emissions regulations, or safety violations.

They perform visual inspections of vehicles and work with highly sophisticated diagnostic equipment to identify any problems and will inspect vehicle gauges to make sure everything works correctly and safely.

Must you have a GED to work in a veterinarian office in GA?

In Georgia, there are currently no minimum educational requirements if you want to start working in a veterinarian office as an assistant. Most employers, however, still prefer that veterinary assistants have at least a high school or GED diploma.

So, though it’s not required by the state, you will have a far better shot at securing a job as a vet’s assistant if you hold a secondary education degree.

Some high schools offer introductory classes to familiarize students with the basics of working as a veterinary assistant. At the college level, there are a number of educational options available.

Holding a high school diploma or GED is required to attend these credit-bearing courses. Certificate or degree programs are offered, usually in combination with on-the-job training or through externships or internships.

Community colleges that offer veterinarian assistant programs must be accredited by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association). They can offer 2-year associate’s degree programs and an increasing number of colleges and universities provide 4-year BSc (bachelor of Science) programs for students seeking additional education.

For all of these programs, however, work experience is required. In Georgia, veterinary assistants are not required to be certified as Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA), but holding an AVA will definitely accelerate your job prospects and income potential.

Do you need a GED to get a CDL license from a community college?

Sometimes, holding a GED or high school degree is not required to earn a CDL license or certificate from a local community college, but most states require you to pass a Reading Test at least the 8th-grade to sign up for this education and training.

At most community colleges, however, holding a GED or high school diploma is preferred. Usually, students applying to a CDL course need to have a valid driver’s license at the time they register for the course, be at least 21, meet DOT (Department of Transportation) physical requirements, and as said earlier, be able to read English appropriately.

CDL training programs provide all sorts of information about what driver license testing is all about, as well as hands-on training for earning a CDL (commercial driver’s license), Class A or B. These courses additionally provide lots of information regarding federal requirements for your state’s CDL licensing operations.

In the U.S., the trucking industry is a major employer with almost 10 million persons employed in a trucking-related field. Over 80 percent of all U.S. cities are receiving their goods and supplies exclusively through transportation by trucks.

There is an enormous driver shortage across the nation and often, a premium is awarded to quality student drivers that come fresh out of college.

Many community colleges have job placement programs with a number of nationally or locally operating trucking companies so graduates can be sure of a rewarding and well-paying job after or even during their training. Before you can take the test for your CDL permit at a local DMV site, however, your personal data must be submitted to the DMV database.

Will Police Departments accept an online GED?

Well, that depends on what you mean by “online GED.” The diploma that you’ll be awarded upon successful completion of the Online Proctored (OP) GED test is the same as the one you’ll receive when you take the four GED subtests at a regional GED test center.

So in that sense, yes, Police Departments will accept an online GED just like another GED diploma or a high school credential. The GED has legally the same value and status as a regular high school degree.

On the other hand, if by “online GED” you mean to indicate a diploma or certificate that you bought online, the answer is simply: no way! Colleges, employers, and also Police Departments can easily check if your diploma is real or fake.

So don’t even think about purchasing a diploma or whatever educational credential over the internet! These websites are run by con artists that only are after your dollars. Their documents are not even worth the paper they’re printed on, and you don’t want to engage in fraudulent activities, do you?

So again, Police Departments will definitely accept your GED, regardless of whether you earned it online or on-site. Keep in mind, though, that requirements may vary by department. Some prefer applicants to have some sort of college education.

The GED is a rather challenging exam that assesses knowledge and skills at the level of graduating high school seniors. So make sure you’ll get optimally prepared to avoid disappointment.

The GED test comes with four independent subject tests that cover Language, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics. You can take these subtests one (or more) at a time.

 

Last Updated on January 23, 2021.

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