What is GED?
GED® is another way of saying General Educational Development. The GED® is a form of high school equivalency test. The test shows that you have the same knowledge and skills as someone who completed high school in the USA. When you pass, you get a High School Equivalency Credential.
Why is the GED® important?
Adults who do not finish high school in the USA have fewer options for jobs and can not go to college. Passing the GED® gives you a diploma that is equal to a high school diploma. The GED® can help you get a better education and improve your career opportunities.
Who can take the GED® test?
You must live in one of the 41 states that offer the GED®. Find out which test is offered in your state. If the GED® is not offered in your state, you can still get a high school equivalency diploma by taking the HiSET exam.
Each state that offers the GED® has different rules. In many states, you can take the exam if you are 18 years or older and have not completed high school. In some cases, you can take the exam if you are 16 or 17 years old. Some require that you take preparation classes before the exam.
You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to take the GED® test. You will need to show proof of identity. In some states, you will also need to show proof of state residence.
Get the specific state rules. Choose your state in the drop-down menu for “select your area.” Then click the button “view state rules.”
I have a diploma from another country. Do I still need to get the GED® test?
If you have a high school diploma from another country, you may or may not need a HiSET or GED® credential. Colleges and employers may require you to have your high school diploma evaluated to see if it is the same as a US high school diploma.
What is on the GED® test?
The GED® tests you on math, language arts, social studies, and science. These are separated into 4 subject tests. There are different types of questions: multiple-choice, drag and drop, fill-in-the-blank, select an area, and dropdown. The language arts test also has an essay question. You can take the tests in English, French, or Spanish.
Tests You On
Understanding of math concepts including geometry and algebra. You can use a calculator for this part. You can bring a TI-30XS Multiview Scientific calculator or use a calculator on your computer screen. You can also use a formula sheet during the test.
1 essay question
Ability to understand reading materials.
Ability to write and share your ideas and arguments.
Knowledge of US history, geography, civics, government, and economics.
Use of scientific ideas and reading graphs and charts.
Learn more about each subject test.
The entire exam takes 7 hours to complete. Each subject test takes 70 to 150 minutes to take. You can take each subject test on separate days. You can take the GED® on a computer at a testing center or online at your home if your state offers online testing.
How can I prepare?
USAHello offers a free online class to help you prepare for the GED® test. The online class is split into 4 sections: social studies, language arts, science, and mathematics. You can take the class in English and Spanish. It is available from your computer, tablet, or mobile device. Study at your own pace when you have free time.
You can also take our free online practice test. There is one for each subject: social studies, math, science, and language arts.
How can I get ready for test day?
- Make sure you have signed up for the test and paid.
- Confirm the location and time of your test.
- Get plenty of rest before the day before your test.
- Eat breakfast or lunch before your test. You will not be allowed to bring food or drink with you.
- Remember to bring your photo ID to the test. Check what documents your state requires.
- Bring a calculator if you are taking the math or science test.
- Arrive early at the test center.
- Trust yourself and do your best!
What is GED passing score?
To pass the GED® test, you will need a score of 145 or higher on each of the four subject tests. You must pass all four subject tests to get your GED diploma.
How can I check my scores?
You can see your test scores within 24 hours of taking your test. You can see your test scores online by logging into your GED account.
Can I retake the GED® test?
If you don’t pass a subject test, you can retake each test two more times without any time restrictions. If you don’t pass your third retest, you must wait 60 days before retaking a subject test.
How can I get my GED® transcript or diploma?
Some states will email you an electronic PDF copy of your diploma and transcript. Some states will mail you a paper copy of your diploma and transcript to your home. You can also order transcripts through your GED® account online.
Important Notice: Only the official GED® Testing Service can test you. If another website says they can give you a GED® diploma, it is not true.