Do you have questions about your child’s school, going to college, or enrolling in USAHello’s GED® class? There are some questions we often get asked about education in the USA. Start here to find answers to your questions.
Yes. The GED®, TASC and HiSET exams are tests you take to earn a high school equivalency (HSE) diploma. The diploma shows you have the same knowledge as someone who completed high school in the United States. Getting your GED® can help you be more successful in the USA. Learn more about the GED, HiSET and TASC tests and diplomas.
You can take the GED®, HiSET, and TASC tests in English and Spanish. The GED® test is also offered in French.
- The HiSET test has five parts or sub-tests.
- Your total score on all the sub-tests together must be at least 45 points out of a possible 100 points.
- On each sub-test, you must score at least 8 out of a possible 20 points.
- On the essay question of the language arts writing test, you must score at least 2 out of a possible 6 points.
Usually, you cannot get your GED online. You have to take the GED® test at a testing center. The GED® testing website can help you find a GED® test center near you.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Many testing centers have cancelled tests because of COVID-19. GED® Testing Service is offering online testing for some students. See the GED® website for more details. HiSET also offers an online test for some students. Find out more about HiSET® Exam at Home. TASC tests are not available online.
- USAHello offers a free GED® preparation class. All the study material and quizzes are online and you can take it anytime.
- Or you can find GED®, TASC and HiSET classes near you by using FindHello.
- You can also locate a test center near you or schedule your test on the official GED® page (you will need to register with GED® Testing Service first.)
You can take it as many times as you need to. For some tests in some states, you may need to wait after a certain number of tries. But you can keep trying until you pass. You can read more about taking the test in our GED®, HiSET and TASC pages.
You can find the rules and price for the GED® test in each state. You can study online and prepare yourself by using our free online GED® prep classes before scheduling your next test. You can study the lessons and take the quizzes as many times as you need to.
Not all states offer the GED® test. Some states have different tests – the HiSET or TASC. These tests are just as good as the GED® test. They also show you have the same knowledge as someone who graduated high school. Look at this table to find out which test is offered in your state.
USAHello’s free GED® preparation class is self-paced. This means you can take as much time as you want to complete your studies. Most students finish one subject within two weeks to two months, but it will depend on your personal and work schedule. You can study anywhere, anytime, and you can stop anytime, too! You can choose which subject you want to start with. You can retake lessons if you want to.
Most of the questions on your GED® test will be multiple choice questions. You need to know how to answer multiple choice questions to pass your test. Learn how to answer multiple choice questions.
There are 4 subjects on the GED® test: social studies, language arts, science, and math. The times are different for each of them:
- Mathematics (115 minutes with a short break between parts)
- Social studies (70 minutes without breaks).
- Science (90 minutes without breaks).
- Reasoning through language arts (150 minutes with a 10-minute break between parts 2 and 3, and 45 minutes for the written essay).
Some 16, 17, and 18-year-olds may take the GED® tests. To take it, you must be officially withdrawn from your high school without a diploma. You must also provide a consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian.
The tests are very similar. All are high school equivalency (HSE) tests. They prove that you have the same knowledge as someone who graduated high school. The most important thing is to check which test your state offers and accepts. The chart above shows which test you can take in your state.
In the United States, it is common for students to apply for scholarships for financial support to help them pay for college. You can find scholarships specifically for refugee and immigrant students.
Students can also apply for grants, which are different. Grants are money the government gives you to go to college if you cannot pay for it yourself. You must have a high school diploma or GED® credential to get a grant. The office of Federal Student Aid provides grants, loans, and work-study funds for college or career school. You can complete the Federal Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA).
You can learn English conversation and grammar online with these free online ESL resources. Here are some of the best online English classes and programs that we have found. Most of them are free.
If you want to focus on learning English you can use at work, we can give you access to GlobalEnglish classes. Email us and we will register you for a year for free. You can enroll in workplace English or general English. Please tell us which class you want.
You can also practice reading and writing English in the USAHello classroom.
The year your child was born and the place you live will decide which school your children will go to and what class they enter. Find your local public school. Then call the school and make an appointment to register your child. You will need to bring some documents, including proof of age and immunization records. Find out what paperwork you will need to enroll your child in school. You can also learn more about public school.
You will need to have your educational credentials from your home country evaluated by an evaluation company. They are two kinds of evaluations. A general degree evaluation will tell you if your degree is valid. A course-by-course evaluation will tell you which classes you can transfer. Read more about foreign transcripts.