About the GED
The GED is a popular exam that acts as a substitute for a traditional high school diploma. Over 20 million people have taken the GED to demonstrate knowledge in subjects that are taught throughout a traditional 4-year high school program. Upon passing the test, candidates are awarded the GED certificate, which is accepted by most employers and colleges in the U.S. Administered by the GED Testing Service, this exam is designed to help anyone who wants to open more career and educational options with a high school diploma credential. For example, students who want to finish high school early may decide to take the exam and start applying to colleges. Adult learners may decide to take the test when applying for a job or seeking new career or educational opportunities.
The exam contains four sections--Social Studies, Science, Mathematics and Reasoning though Language Arts (Writing and Reading). Most of the exam sections consist of around 50 questions in multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, short answer and extended response formats. Sections take between 90 and 150 minutes to complete, and the entire test duration is around 7-and-a-half hours. To pass the GED, candidates must earn a score of 145 on each section. Test-takers who score above 170 are awarded GED Honors distinctions.
School districts, educational testing centers and community colleges typically administer the GED. You can register for your exam and locate your nearest testing center by visiting the official GED website. Each subtest requires a small fee and prices may differ between states.
About Study.com GED Courses
At Study.com, we want to ensure that you have all the tools you need to study for the GED efficiently and earn the highest score you can. That's why we've developed comprehensive GED study guides and courses to help you succeed on test day.
Designed by expert instructors, our courses consist of engaging video lessons that cover all the math, science, social studies and language arts concepts you'll need to know for the GED. Prefer text over video? All video lessons include text transcripts for easy reading. To check your comprehension of the material along the way, take the lesson quizzes and chapter exams. You can study anytime and anywhere using your computer or mobile device. We make the studying experience flexible and convenient, and you can be sure you're only studying the concepts that matter the most.
As you prepare for the exam, be sure to take advantage of our complete GED practice tests, which can help you get used to the GED's question formats, difficulty level and content. These practice tests can also establish a sense of what subjects you still need to study, and the concepts you've mastered. If you ever have questions about the GED or the topics you'll be tested on, one of our tutors will be glad to help. And to keep your organized, your GED prep course dashboard will keep track of your course progress, so you can always see how far along you are on your GED test preparation journey.
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