The first step in the process of getting your State of Florida High School Diploma by completing the GED is registering for the exam. You'll need to set up an account on the GED Testing Service website (www.ged.com). This account allows you to pick the date and time of your exam.
Keep in mind that you aren't required to provide any proof of residency to complete the GED in Florida, so you don't need to worry about that on test day.
- Note: The state of Florida generally requires GED test-takers to be 18 or older. However, individuals as young as 16 can complete the exam. If you are 16 or 17, you will need to complete an Underage Waiver before you can set up a testing time. You may have to meet other requirements, depending on the rules of your school district. You can find a list of district contacts that handle those who want to take the GED early on the Florida Department of Education website (www.data.fldoe.org).
Study and Prepare
You aren't required to study before you take the GED, but taking the time to review what you need to know will make passing the test easier. You can check out printed study guides that go over the subjects found on the GED, or check out a GED preparation course through a local adult education center.
You also have online study options. Check out Study.com's self-paced GED Study Guide. This course allows you to view short video lessons that cover the scientific, language arts, mathematics and social studies topics you need to know before taking the GED. You'll get practice answering questions like those found on the exam with the interactive quizzes and tests in this course. And, you can contact subject matter experts if you need help at any point during your studies.
You can also access a practice exam designed to gauge your readiness for the GED through the GED Testing Service website. Working on this test can help you identify any areas where you need extra help getting ready.
Take the Test
There have been recent changes to the required scores to pass the GED. After March 2016, you will need to score only 145 points on each of the subject tests in order to achieve a passing grade.
Keep in mind that you can also choose the language you want to test in. Florida offers an English and Spanish version of the test, allowing you to work with the language that's most comfortable for you.
You'll be able to retake any subject tests that you don't pass the first time. After 3 attempts with a specific test, you will be required to wait 60 days before trying again. You can attempt the test as many times as you'd like in a single year.
- Note: When it comes to taking the GED, you have options. You can choose to complete all four GED subject tests at the same time, or you can spread them out.
Get Your Scores
The state of Florida uses the GED Credentialing system offered by the GED Testing Service to distribute scores.This means that you will be able to view your scores within 24 hours of taking a test by checking your account on the GED Testing Service website. Additionally, once you pass all 4 subject tests, your transcript and diploma will be automatically e-mailed to you as a PDF. You can then print them off if you wish, or forward them to your employer or any educational institutions that may need to see them.
- Note: You can also use this service to obtain additional copies of your transcript and diploma if you discover you need them at a later date. Additional copies are $15 per item.