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Earning Your GED in North Carolina
The General Educational Development (GED) credential is widely-accepted by higher education institutions and employers as an alternative to earning a traditional high school diploma. The credential was developed by the American Council on Education (ACE) and is administered individually by each state (www.acenet.edu). In North Carolina, the North Carolina Community Colleges System administers the GED and awards the General Educational Development Diploma.
The Structure of the GED
The GED exam is made up of four modules:
- Social studies
- Mathematical reasoning
- Reasoning through language arts
The exam consists of multiple-choice questions, reading tasks, short answer, and extended response questions. On the mathematics exam, you will only be allowed to use a calculator for the first part. To pass the exam, North Carolina requires a minimum score of 150 on each of the four modules.
Eligibility and Registration
Over 50 community colleges in the state of North Carolina offer GED testing. The GED exams must be taken in person and cannot be taken online. You may register for the exam at www.GED.com.
There are many ways to prepare to take the GED exam. For example, the GED Testing Service (www.GEDTestingService.com) offers a Marketplace with a variety of test preparation material. The community colleges in North Carolina can also provide instruction to help you prepare. You may also find GED preparation books at local libraries or book stores; however, you will need to make sure the prep material is current to the latest version of the GED exam.