GED Schools and Programs in Florida
Although GED preparatory training is not required in order to take the exam in Florida, students can enroll in adult education programs that focus on this test. Many of these programs are sponsored by the Florida Department of Education at community colleges, high schools and testing centers. These programs and courses may be self-paced or led by an instructor. Individuals can take courses that cover all sections of the test or each section individually. Computer literacy programs also are available to prepare people for the exam's shift to a computer-based format. Private companies also offer prep programs and study materials.
Test Components and Important Changes
As of 2014, Florida's General Educational Development (GED) exam comprises four sections testing students' knowledge of reasoning through language arts, science, social studies and mathematical reasoning. Florida students must score at least 150 on every section of the test and score 600 overall to earn their GED certificate. Beginning in January 2014, all GED test-takers also must complete the exam entirely on computer.
Reasoning Through Language Arts Sections
The language arts section of the test is split into three portions, with one portion of the test devoted to writing extended responses. The test covers both writing and reading comprehension.
Science and Social Studies Sections
The science section of the GED test focuses on topics such as earth and physical science, and consists of only one section. The social studies portion of the test is broken into two sections and covers subjects in history, geography and government.
Mathematical Reasoning Section
The mathematics section is presented as one section, but divided into two parts. The first part consists of five questions that students must answer without using a calculator. The second part allows students to use a calculator to help solve problems if necessary.
Test Locations and Restrictions
Florida residents have access to numerous GED testing centers at community, technical and junior colleges, county school board offices and adult education centers statewide. Tests cannot be taken online. Candidates for the GED program must be at least 18 years old. Exemptions apply if a candidate is at least 16 years of age and has been granted an age waiver by their local school district.
Retaking the Test
Candidates who do not receive passing scores can retake all or some of the test. Some candidates may be recommended to enroll in a preparatory class before taking the test again. There is no required length of wait time for test-takers in the state of Florida.