Information on the Maryland GED Program
In Maryland, GED testing is open to any individual who is at least 16 years old and who has not previously earned a high school diploma. The exam can only be taken at approved testing centers and isn't available online. Students under 19 can take the test only with specific exceptions, such as having withdrawn from school and provides required documentation about this withdrawal.
There are four individual tests that make up the GED tests. Each of the four tests covers one subject area, including language arts, social studies, science and mathematics. Most tests are 50 questions in length. The test is timed with a set amount of time allotted for each section.
In addition to meeting the age requirement, those wishing to take the GED must be a current Maryland resident. A person must also not be currently enrolled in a public or private high school. Withdrawal from any previous school must have taken place at least three months before the test date.
Preparation for the GED
Due to the fact that the GED tests are based upon the current graduation standards for high school seniors, many people need some refresher courses in some of the topics covered on the tests. Maryland offers a free preparation program sponsored by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and the U.S. Department of Education.
Most GED preparation programs provide an initial test to GED test takers to see where they need assistance. Individuals then get guidance and tutoring in the subjects they haven't mastered. This is designed to help make sure individuals are ready to take and pass the GED tests by studying subjects they may have forgotten or to learn skills they may have never learned when in high school.
Passing the Tests
A person must earn a passing score on all four tests. This is a score of at least 150 on each test with a cumulative score of 600 on all tests. If a person fails any test, there is no waiting period the first time; after a third attempt, he or she must wait two months to retake the tests. Upon passing the GED tests, the State Board of Education awards a Maryland high school diploma.