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GETTING STARTED:

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If I'm interested in the GED program, how do I get started?

Visit MyGED® at www.GED.com to sign up and create your MyGED® account. You can also learn about the 2014 GED® program, see success stories, and try a sample test question.

What should I tell someone who’s interested in the GED® test?

GED Testing Service offers the only start-to-finish program to help adult learners succeed on the test and get a good job with good wages. It's the same trusted test, just a brand new experience. Visit MyGED® at www.GED.com to get started.


MYGED® PORTAL:

What is the MyGED® portal?

MyGED® at www.GED.com is a start-to-finish online program to help you succeed. This personalized program guides you through the entire testing process and helps you find study help, prepare for test day, access your personal study plan and learn about colleges and jobs.

How much does the MyGED® portal cost?

The MyGED® is free for all students interested in participating in the GED® program.

What if I don’t have an email?

STUDYING FOR THE TEST:

Should I study?

Preparation is an essential part of any important examination. According to research, those who study are more likely to pass. You probably have gained some knowledge and skills throughout life experience, reading, and informal training, but remember that the GED® test is a rigorous four part test that takes more than seven and a half hours to complete. Regardless of your ability, you'll be more certain to perform your best on the tests if you know what to expect before the testing day arrives.

How do I study for the test?

GED Testing Service offers MyGED® at www.GED.com as a start-to-finish online program to help you succeed. This personalized program guides you through the entire testing process and helps you find study help, prepare for test day, access your personal study plan and learn about colleges and jobs. You can visit the Study tab on MyGED® to find online study materials and books, information about local adult education centers, and GED Ready®: The Official Practice Test. Your Score Report on GED Ready® will include personal feedback and recommendations to help you improve your scores.

Are there preparation classes available for test-takers?

There are thousands of preparation centers across the country that help with GED® test preparation. Find a preparation center near you.


GED READY®: The Official Practice Test

What is GED Ready®?

GED Ready® is the official practice test for the 2014 GED® test. It was developed by the same people who created the real test, but it’s only half the length of the actual test. GED Ready® provides every student with a personal study plan based on your performance on the practice test. You can use this to study at home or print it out and bring it into an adult education center.

Why should I take it?

  • It’s the only test designed to tell you instantly if you are likely to pass the real test
  • If you’re not ready for the real test, you will receive specific instructions on what to study next
  • The test questions look exactly like the real test, so you will be prepared on test day
  • How much does it cost?

$6.00 per subject.

What do I need for GED Ready®?

  • Must take it on a computer - not a mobile device
  • Minimum internet browser version: Internet Explorer 8.x, FireFox 6.x, Safari 5.x, or Chrome 12. (Javascript and cookies must be enabled)

How long is GED Ready®?

GED Ready® is half the length of the real GED® test. You will receive a description of the skills you have demonstrated at your performance level as well as a description of skills you need to work on to move to higher levels of performance. The suggested time to complete GED Ready® is 3 3⁄4 hours (1/2 the time to complete the Official GED® test.)

Is there an on-screen calculator provided for GED Ready®?

No. You can either use your own personal calculator, or your computer’s calculator.

How do I access my computer’s calculator on a PC?

To access your computer’s calculator on PC:

  1. Go to Start Menu
  2. Click “All Programs” or “Programs”
  3. Look for “Accessories” and then select “Calculator”
  4. You can use the calculator that appears by either using your mouse to click the buttons or by using the number keypad on the right side of your keyboard

How do I access my computer’s calculator on a MAC?

To access your computer’s calculator on a MAC:

  1. Go to “Finder” then click “Applications”
  2. Double click on the Calculator App

SCHEDULING THE TEST:

Where do I register and schedule my test?

You need to sign up at www.GED.com to schedule the GED® test. If you meet your local area's policies for testing, you will see a yellow "Start scheduling" button on your dashboard Study tile. Click "Start scheduling" to answer the scheduling questions, select your test subject, your preferred day and time, and pay for your test.

How much does the test cost?

The test cost is $30.00 per subject. You can always pay as you go for one subject at a time.

Why can't I schedule my test on MyGED®?

If you are having difficulty scheduling your test, first check your alerts drop-down on your dashboard in MyGED® for any alert notices on your account. If there are no alerts, contact customer support.

Is there a time frame to complete all portions of the test?

GED Testing Service® does not enforce a minimum timeframe within which all four GED® test parts must be completed.

What accommodations are available for people with disabilities?

View available accommodations.

How do I request accommodations if I need them?

If you would like to request modified testing conditions and have not done so in registration, view your account profile to make a request.

How do I schedule an accommodated exam?

If you are approved for accommodations, you will receive an approval email along with instructions for scheduling by phone. You cannot schedule for an accommodated test online.

TAKING THE TEST:

What can I bring into the testing room?

You will be given an erasable note board and marker to take into the testing room.

Are there any other rules about the testing room?

You will not be allowed to eat, drink, smoke, or use your cell phone during your test. Family members, friends or anyone accompanying you to testing will not be allowed to stay in the testing center during your test.

Can I take a break during the test?

When you schedule more than one subject in the same day, you will automatically be given a ten minute break in between tests. Unscheduled breaks are not allowed and your test will not be scored if you leave the room during an unscheduled break. During scheduled breaks and lunches, you may access your personal items. If you need to leave the room, have questions about the test, or are experiencing problems with your computer, raise your hand and notify the test administrator.

Is there a cell phone policy?

Cell phones are strictly forbidden in the testing room. If you are found with a cell phone during testing, you will be escorted out and your test will not be scored. You will also need to reschedule and pay for another test.

What should I bring on the day of the test?

You will need to bring your current Government Issued Photo Identification to the test center. All other materials will be provided. . You will be given an erasable note-board and access to an on-screen calculator for certain subjects. As mentioned, cell phones are strictly forbidden in the testing room. TIP: Make sure you know where the testing center is and arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled GED® test appointment. You will need to check in when you get there. If you arrive more than 15 minutes after your scheduled appointment time, you may not be admitted and may lose your test fee.

Is there a place to keep my belongings?

Other personal items (such as handbags, backpacks, wallets, keys, etc.) are not allowed in the testing room. Storage is available, but limited.

SCORES & PASSING THE TEST:

What does it mean to “pass” the GED® test?

The GED® test will have a passing score of 150 on each test part. Therefore, you will need to reach a score of at least 150 on each part and a total score of 600 across the four-part battery in order to receive your GED® test credential. You may also earn an “Honors” score if you receive a score of 170 on a test part. Learn more about the honors score.

  • Below Passing: 100 – 149
  • Passing Score: 150 – 169
  • Honors Passing Score: 170 – 200

What do I need to do to pass the test?

The GED® test will have a passing score of 150 on each test module. You will need to reach a score of at least 150 on each module and a total score of 600 across the four-part battery in order to receive their GED® test.

What does it mean to earn the GED® Score with Honors?

To earn a GED® Score with Honors, your passing score is at or higher than the minimum passing score needed to demonstrate career-and-college-readiness (CCR).

How are the questions scored?

An automated scoring engine that replicates human scoring will be used to score the constructed response items. This is not “mechanical” scoring, since the engine uses sophisticated algorithms in the replication of human scoring processes.

How does the Enhanced Score Report help me?

The enhanced score report from GED Testing Service provides personal feedback just for you. You will be able to see what your score means, what skills to develop, and how to score higher on your re-test. You can also choose your favorite study book and be informed of what sections you need to improve on.

  • View your scores and what they mean
  • See specific skills you may have missed on the test and need to improve on
  • Receive personal study recommendations connected to the specific skills you need to work on to improve your score
  • Browse and choose from more than a dozen study materials to customize your study recommendations
  • Report developed with specific feedback, needs for information, and clear language
  • Full report available within 3 hours of testing on all content areas
  • Includes a part of the 2014 GED® test and GED ReadyTM: The Official Practice Test

Where can I find my scores?

Scores are available the same day you test on your MyGED® online portal under the My Scores section. Log in at www.GED.com to see your scores.

I don’t see my test scores. When will they be here?

A full report will be available within 3 hours of testing on all content areas through the enhanced score report. If your scores do not appear after 24 hours, contact customer support for additional assistance.

What if I don’t pass all the tests the first time?

You can take a test module, and two subsequent module retests, with no restrictions between retakes. If you fail the second or any subsequent retest, the test taker must wait 60 days for each successive attempt.

Your state may have a specific state policy on how many times a test taker can re-test that is less than three attempts. In those cases, the GED Testing Service® policy will be included to support the state policy. At a minimum a test taker will need to wait 60 days after three failed attempts and any subsequent retest.

What is the cost of the retest? Is it free?

The price of the retest is $30.00 per subject area.

Will the retest price vary by subject?

No. The price for each subject would be the same.

I passed all of my tests. What’s next?

After passing all four parts, you will be notified on your Scores page that you have passed the GED® test. You will automatically receive an electronic, secure, diploma and Smart Transcript. This is delivered immediately to your email address after your test is scored. You can view, print and request a professionally-printed diploma free of charge. You can also email the electronic transcript to an employer or college of your choice. These features are all available through GED Credentialing®.


THE GED® CREDENTIAL:

What makes a GED® credential “equivalent?”

GED Testing Service has 70 years of experience offering a high school equivalency credential. Nearly all colleges and employers recognize the GED® credential and accept it for purposes of applying to college or for a job. The 2014 test was developed over 3 years by experienced high school school and adult educators and reviewed by subject matter experts. The GED® test is also standardized and normalized using a national stratified random sample of graduating high school seniors to ensure it is measuring the skills needed to graduate from high school.

What are the benefits of earning a GED® credential?

Among the many benefits of the GED® testing program, passing the GED® test provides an opportunity for adults to continue their education. In fact, over 98 percent of U.S. colleges and universities accept GED® graduates who meet their other qualifications for admission. A GED® credential documents that you have high school-level academic skills. About 97 percent of U.S. employers accept the GED® credential as equal to a traditional high school diploma, according to recent studies.

How many people have graduated with a GED® Certificate?

In 2012, roughly 418,000 adults passed and earned their GED® credential. Since 1942, there have been more than 19 million GED® graduates.

What is the Smart Transcript?

The Smart Transcript is available in certain states and jurisdictions that have decided to partner with GED Testing Service for transcripts and diplomas.

The Smart Transcript provides:

  • Electronic transcript that you can save or email to colleges and employers
  • A description of the skills and abilities you demonstrated on the GED® test through links right on the Smart Transcript
  • Information about the GED® Score with Honors and what it means to be career- and college-ready

Graduates can receive full recognition and credit for passing the 2014 GED® test and in some cases, earning the GED® Score with Honors.

How do I request a transcript?

Your transcript process varies based on where you passed the test. Visit our request a transcript page to learn about the process for the location where you passed the test.

COLLEGE AND CAREER:

Will passing the GED® tests get me into college?

Roughly 98 percent of U.S. colleges and universities accept GED® graduates in the same manner as high school graduates. Be sure to check with the institution in which you are applying to see if they accept GED® graduates. After earning your GED® credential, sign up to take the ACT and/or the SAT. The colleges to which you apply may also require you to take placement or achievement tests so that they can determine whether you need additional coursework. Find out more about getting into college in the college and career ready section on your dashboard.

Are the GED® graduates eligible for college financial aid?

Get specific information on financial aid, eligibility requirements, and how to apply for financial aid in the College & Career center on your MyGED® dashboard at www.GED.com.

Do I need to take another test after the GED® to be accepted into a college or university?

The colleges to which you apply may also require you to take placement or achievement tests so that they can determine whether you need additional coursework. Visit the College & Career center on your MyGED® dashboard at www.GED.com to learn more and access resources.

How do I start my college search? How do I apply?

To start your college search, check out the College & Careers center on your MyGED® dashboard at www.GED.com.

What kind of majors and minors are there?

Not sure what you want to study in college? Check out the College & Careers center on your MyGED® dashboard at www.GED.com.

How do I prepare for a job interview?

Don’t worry. We can help with that. Check our College & Careers center on your MyGED® dashboard at www.GED.com.

How do I create a resume?

Building a resume is often the first step in applying for a job. Learn more about creating one in the Career & Colleges center on your MyGED® dashboard at www.GED.com.

THE 2014 GED® TEST:

What is the 2014 GED® test?

The 2014 GED® test is a four-part test administered by states and jurisdictions to measure the skills and knowledge similar to a high school course of study. GED® graduates earn a GED® credential. The type of credential issued (diploma or certificate) varies by state.

Who is eligible to take the test?

Anyone who is at least 18 years old and is not enrolled in high school is eligible for the program according to GED Testing Service policy. Each state has its own policy that may restrict eligibility to certain individuals. Log into your MyGED® account at www.GED.com to view your alerts drop-down and check the state policies where you plan to test.

What is on the 2014 GED® test?

The 2014 GED® test is designed to measure the skills and knowledge equivalent to a high school course of study and supports an adult’s successful transition to careers or college.

The GED® test has four content areas and takes a little over seven hours:

  • Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) - 150 minutes (including a 10-minute break)
  • Mathematical Reasoning - 90 minutes
  • Science - 90 minutes
  • Social Studies - 90 minutes

It is offered in English and Spanish and delivered on computer at an Official GED® Testing Center (not online).

View tutorials for each content area.

Do I have to take all four content areas at once?

No. You can choose to take one content area at a time, two at a time, or any combination that best suits your needs.

Is the 2014 GED® test available online?

You must appear in person, at an Official GED® Testing Center to take the GED® test. The test cannot be taken online. To register for the 2014 GED® test, log in to MyGED® at www.GED.com and visit your dashboard.

Why is the GED® test only offered on computer?

Computer-based testing pulls all the information you need in one place and offers a flexible and reliable testing experience. The 2014 GED® program ensures that your high school equivalency provides you with the skills and knowledge necessary to take the next critical steps in your life and succeed in today’s digital world. Don’t take our word for it. Hear from people like you.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the GED® test is $30.00 for each subject area.. The price you will pay is set by your state. Check your state’s testing policies, by logging into MyGED® at www.GED.com and checking your alert dropdown.

Where do I go to take the GED® test?

You may take the GED® test at the Germanna Community College Official GED® Testing Center.

How do I take the test?

The GED® test must be taken on computer at an Official GED® Testing Center. To schedule your test, first create an account on MyGED® at www.GED.com. Once your account is created, Click “schedule” on your dashboard to get started.

Is the test offered in a different language?

The GED® test is available in English and Spanish and accommodated formats to provide access to as many adult learners as possible. Check the local policies by visiting your MyGED® dashboard at www.GED.com and viewing your message drop down.


REASONING THROUGH LANGUAGE ARTS (RLA):

What type of questions should I expect on the Reasoning Through Language Arts Test?

The RLA test focuses on three grouping of skills:

  • The ability to read closely
  • The ability to write clearly
  • The ability to edit and understand the use of standard written English in context

How is the GED® Reasoning Through Language Arts test graded?

Understand how the GED® Reasoning Through Language Arts test is graded with the RLA Score Sheet.

What is the passing score for the RLA?

The passing score for the GED® Reasoning through Language Arts Test is the same as the other three parts. You will need to have a passing score of 150 or higher on the RLA.

How do GED® essay readers score papers? What do they consider the most important elements of good writing?

To further understand how your essay will be scored, view the Extended Response Score Sheet.

What will the essay topic ask me to do? Can I find out what past topics have been on the writing test? Do I need any prior preparation for the essay?

To prepare for the essay topic, check out samples provided on GED Ready®- The Official GED® Practice Test on your dashboard.


Does the GED Testing Service® offer programs to help prepare GED® candidates to write essays for the Language Arts, Writing Test? Where can I get help with writing essays?

For help in certain content areas, locate a prep center near you.

How long does my essay have to be now?

There is neither a minimum or maximum length for the essay. However, we strongly encourage you to write enough to fully respond to the prompts they have been given.


MATHEMATICAL REASONING:

What type of questions should I expect?

The GED® Mathematical Reasoning Test focuses on two major content domains:

  • Quantitative problem solving (45%)
  • Algebraic problem solving (55%)

The different item types used in the test include:

  • Multiple choice
  • Drag-and-drop
  • Hot spot
  • Fill-in-the-blank

How is the GED® Mathematical Reasoning Test scored?

The GED® Mathematical Reasoning Test is scored using an automated scoring engine, as are the rest of the parts.

Is there a formula sheet provided on the day of the test?

Yes. View the formula sheet now.

Can I use a calculator? What kind of calculator can I use?

The GED Testing Service® uses an on-screen calculator for the GED® Mathematical Reasoning Test on computer. To prepare yourself, check out our tutorial on the on-screen calculator.

How can I prepare for the test?

GED Ready® is the official practice test and is offered to students online. It is the only practice test designed to assess how you will do on the actual test.


SCIENCE:

What type of questions should I expect?

The Science Test focuses on three major content domains:

  1. Life Science (40%)
  2. Physical Science (40%)
  3. Earth and Space Science (20%)

The content topics focus on science that reflects both what is taught in many high-school –level science courses and that which is most relevant and useful. There are several different item types used in the test, including:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Short Answer
  • Drag-and-drop
  • Hot spot
  • Fill-in-the-blank

Can I use a calculator?

You can use the on-screen calculator on portions of the Science test. The calculator will appear within the system for use on approved questions.


SOCIAL STUDIES:

What type of questions should I expect?

The GED® Social Studies Test focuses on the fundamentals of social studies reasoning, striking a balance of deeper conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and the ability to apply these fundamentals in realistic situations. In order to stay true to this intention, each item on the Social Studies Test is aligned to one social studies practice and one content topic.
The social studies practices can be described as skills that are key to scientific reasoning in both textual and quantitative contexts. The practices come from important skills specified in the Common Core State Standards and other career-and college-readiness standards, as well as in National Standards for History.

The Social Studies Test will also focus on four major content domains:

  1. Civics and government (50%)
  2. United States history (20%)
  3. Economics (15%)
  4. Geography and the world (15%)

The Social Studies content topics, which are drawn from these four domains, provide context for measuring a student’s ability to apply the reasoning skills described in the practices. The content topics focus on key concepts that reflect both that which is taught in many high-school-level social sciences courses and that which is most relevant and useful for an adult population.
To measure this content at a range of levels of complexity, several different item types are used in the test, including multiple choice, drag-and-drop, hot spot, and fill-in-the-blank. Additionally, the Social Studies Test features one extended response task that requires test-takers to analyze arguments and use evidence found within brief excerpts from primary and secondary source texts.

Can I use a calculator?

You can use the on-screen calculator on portions of the Social Studies test. The calculator will appear within the system for use on approved questions.

MY LOCAL POLICIES:

What is my jurisdiction?

Your jurisdiction is the state you live in or where you choose to take GED® test. Every jurisdiction sets their own policies that you will have to meet before you can schedule your GED test.

Where can I find my local jurisdiction's policies?

For information on your local testing policies, view your Messages dropdown on your MyGED® dashboard. Log in at www.GED.com.

HISTORY OF THE TEST:

When did GED® testing begin?

At the request of the military, the GED® test was first developed in 1942 to help returning World War II veterans finish their high school studies and re-enter civilian life. Today, the GED® test is offered as part of a start-to-finish program for adult learners. The GED® program ensures that an adult’s high school equivalency credential signifies he or she has the skills and knowledge necessary to take the next critical steps in their life.

Who produces the GED® test?

GED Testing Service is a joint venture between the American Council on Education (ACE) and Pearson. The organization was formed in 2011 and was modeled to represent a public-private partnership. It builds on its past experience in adult and continuing education by harnessing the considerable resources of Pearson, the world’s largest education and testing company, with the nearly 70-year history of ACE to expand access to the GED® test, ensure its quality and integrity, and adapt the GED® test to the skills needed in the 21st century.

The GED® program has always been a cornerstone of adult education since it first began in 1942. As the creator of the test, GED Testing Service® has a responsibility to ensure that the program continues to be a reliable and valuable pathway to a better life for the millions of adults without a high school diploma. Learn more about the history of the GED® tests.

The GED® testing program is an international partnership involving the GED Testing Service®, each U.S. state and the District of Columbia, the Canadian provinces and territories, the U.S. insular areas, the U.S. military and federal correctional institutions, and the veterans administration hospitals.

GED Testing Service® establishes the test administration procedures and passing standard. All jurisdictions administer the GED® test and award their high school credentials to adults who meet the GED® test passing standards and any other additional jurisdictional requirements.

How many people have taken the GED® test?

In 2012, roughly 703,000 adults worldwide took some portion of the GED® test. Of that total, more than 607,000 (86.4%) completed the test and 418,000 (68.8%) earned a passing score. Since 1942 more than 19 million people have earned the GED® credential.

To hear from graduates, check out our Success Stories in the MyGEDTM portal at www.GED.com.

UNDERSTANDING FRAUD:

How do I protect myself from fraud?

You must appear in person, at a testing center to take the GED® test. The GED® test is not online.
In an era where everything’s on the Internet, high school diplomas and credentials are easily found. But the GED® test and credential are not online.

There are hundreds of websites offering high school diplomas, GED® credentials, and other degrees. What they don’t tell you is the “accredited degree” they’re offering is practically worthless. These sites are looking to make a quick buck at your expense—and they’re charging anywhere from $50 to $500 to do it. Learn more about how to spot a scam at (URL) and where to earn a real GED® test credential.

Have you been a victim of GED® test or credential fraud?

We’re trying to protect our testing program and people like you who need the credential to attend college or get a job. We will track reports to identify repeat offenders so we can report them to law enforcement agencies.
Report fraud to GED Testing Service® here.

In order for an official complaint to be opened, you must file a complaint with a local official like the police, state attorney general offices, or the Better Business Bureau.

Remember, if it seems too good to be true...it probably is. Let’s work together to combat online fraud.
Note: The GED® test cannot be taken online. You must be in an Official GED® Testing Center to take the real GED® test.

What are fraudulent websites?

Fraudulent websites are not accredited by state or local jurisdiction authorities.

  1. If the state isn’t awarding you the GED® credential, you’re paying money for something other than the GED® test.
  2. If you’re taking the exam online or from home, you’re paying money for something other than the GED® test.

Don’t take a site’s word that they’re accredited; they’ll say anything to get your money. To find out if a particular high school or online program is recognized or accredited by your state, contact your state’s Department of Education. Some organizations that are not approved by either of these groups are:

  • American Accreditation Council of Online Learning
  • National Association for Legal Support of Alternative Learning
  • American Association on Non-Traditional Private Post Secondary Education
  • Universal Accreditation Association for Online Distance Learning

Note: As of July 2011, there is no accreditation agency recognized by the Department of Education (ED) or Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) that has the word “online” in its name.

 

 


 

Emma Powell - GED Chief Examiner

Phone - (540) 834-1035

Email: epowell@germanna.edu

GED® and the GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education (ACE). They may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of ACE or GED Testing Service®. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service® LLC under license from the American Council on Education.