All About the GED: New Mexico

If you take the GED tests in New Mexico and earn a passing score, you can earn a New Mexico High School Diploma. This diploma demonstrates that your academic knowledge and skills are comparable or equivalent to a recent high school graduate.

Taking the GED Test in New Mexico

The GED Testing Service, an extension of the American Council on Education (ACE), is responsible for delivering the GED battery of tests. The GED exams can only be taken at official testing centers and is not available online. The New Mexico Public Education Department authorizes testing to be conducted at several locations throughout the state, including universities, community colleges and county agencies.

Test Format

The GED is made up of four assessment areas: science, social studies, mathematical reasoning, and reasoning through language arts. You have about seven and a half hours to answer multiple-choice questions, reading tasks, short answer, and extended response questions.

Scoring Information

To pass the GED test in New Mexico, you must score 150 on each subject area test. Individuals who fail one of the subject area tests are able to retake the test two times without a waiting period between retakes. After the second retake, there is a 60-day waiting period before another attempt at the GED test can be made.

Eligibility Requirements

The New Mexico Public Education Department sets the minimum age requirement to take the GED tests at 18 years of age. If you're 16 or 17 years of age, you may be eligible to take the exam if given consent from your local school district and your parents or guardians. Other requirements include the following:

  • Can't have previously graduated from high school in the United States or Canada
  • Can't currently be enrolled in high school
  • Can't have earned a passing score on the GED previously (with some exceptions)

Preparing for the GED

The New Mexico Public Education Department offers practice tests and preparation programs at testing centers throughout the state. However, you're not required to pass a pretest before registering for the GED exams in the state of New Mexico. In addition to the testing center directory offered by the New Mexico Public Education Department, you could locate GED study programs through America's Literacy Directory, offered by the Literacy Information and Communication System (www.literacydirectory.org). For example, preparation programs can be found at literacy councils, adult education centers and community colleges across the state.

If you decide to prepare independently, the GED Testing Service allows you to purchase official practice tests for you to gauge your readiness for the actual test (www.gedtestingservice.com).

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