GED Test Dates

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
Individuals interested in earning GED credentials must schedule testing appointments at official testing centers. Learn when and where tests are offered, and get tips to help you prepare for test day.

Scheduling a GED Test Date

The GED tests are administered throughout the year at more than 3,000 testing centers, each of which sets its own test dates. To schedule a GED testing appointment, you must register on ged.com, where you'll be able to search for testing locations and select from among available test dates.

You can schedule all four GED test sections on one date or, keeping in mind that the entire battery of tests takes about 7.5 hours to complete, take each test section individually. The duration of each subject test breaks down as follows:

  • Math - 115 minutes
  • Reasoning Through Language Arts - 150 minutes
  • Social Studies and Science - 90 minutes each

What to Expect on Exam Day

Examinees are advised to arrive at the testing center about half an hour before their appointment to allow time for checking in and situating themselves in the testing room. Anyone who arrives late may not be allowed to take the test. Testing centers do not permit students to access food, beverages or cell phones during the tests, and breaks are permitted only for students taking more than one test section on the same day.

About the Tests

The GED tests are administered on a computer and comprise a mix of questions types, including multiple choice, short answer and fill in the blank. To take the test, you must be at least 16 years old and cannot be currently enrolled in high school. Exam costs vary by state, but are typically no more than $30 for each subject test.

Each GED test is scored on a scale of 100 to 200 points, with 150 being the minimum passing score. Students who don't pass a GED test section after their third attempt will have to wait 60 days before retaking it.

Preparing for the GED

Test takers may want to use GED prep courses to review subject areas covered on the tests. Study.com's self-paced courses include several short video lessons that allow you to start, stop and resume your studies at your convenience. Practice quizzes and tests are also included to track your course progress and help you finish studying in time for your testing appointment. Courses are available for each of the GED subject tests:

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