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All About the GED: Nevada

With many of Nevada's main industries tied to gaming and resorts, the state depends upon a well-educated workforce to manage the growth and development of its famous casinos. Earning the General Educational Development (GED) credential in Nevada can open the door to leadership positions and provide access to further training and education.

Overview of the GED Test in Nevada

The American Council on Education (ACE) oversees the GED test and advises states on testing procedures and officially approved study materials. The test consists of five subsections in math, science, social studies, reading and writing. The current test takes just over seven hours to complete. Some testing sites give the entire battery in one day, while other sites administer the test over the course of two days. The minimum score needed to pass the GED test is 2250 overall and at least 410 on each subsection. Students should visit ACE's website to keep abreast of any changes to the GED test (www.acenet.edu).

Preparing for the Test

Nevada residents preparing to take the GED test have the option of attending formal classes, receiving tutoring or studying on their own. The state's adult education centers usually operate free of charge, but there may be some costs for study materials. Individuals may be given a pretest or an assessment examination to help identify their weaknesses and create a plan of study. You can visit the Nevada Department of Education's website to find the adult education center nearest you (nde.doe.nv.gov).

Students who want to study on their own or supplement their classroom learning may visit their local library or watch televised classes on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Broadcast dates and airings vary from one region to another, but a full schedule is posted on the LiteracyLink website under 'GED Connection' (litlink.ket.org). Students can also take advantage of the many online GED preparation programs available. Due diligence should be exercised in deciding which online course to choose, since you want to be sure that the program offers ACE-approved study resources. Although you can prepare for the exam online, the actual GED test must be taken at an official testing center.

Requirements and Retesting

Fees are due in advance of testing and are generally non-refundable. You must be a Nevada resident to take the GED test. Adults should arrive at the testing center with two forms of identification, one of which should be a government-issued photo ID. You can take the GED test if you're 16 or 17 years old, but you'll need additional documentation. Retesting is available, although the number of times a student can retest is limited by the availability of alternate test forms.

Accommodations

You can request special testing accommodations if you're disabled as long as you provide documentation and send in a request to your testing center. The GED test in Nevada is also available in Spanish, French, Canadian and Braille.

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