Is the GED Test Hard?

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
The exam for the GED high school equivalency diploma measures a test-taker's high-school-level abilities in four basic academic areas. Learn about the test, its difficulty level and how to prepare to earn a GED.

How Difficult is the GED Test?

The GED credential is widely accepted as the equivalent of a high school diploma, so the GED test requires a test-taker to have the same knowledge as a student graduating from high school. The GED test comprises four sections that are scored individually on a 100-200 point scale. A scaled score of 150 on each section is needed to earn a GED. The entire GED test takes approximately 7.5 to complete, and must be taken at a GED testing center.

The GED Test at a Glance

Section Overview Testing time Passing Score
Reasoning Through Language Arts Reading and writing skills 150 minutes 150
Math Quantitative math and algebra 115 minutes 150
Science Life, earth and space, and physical sciences 90 minutes 150
Social Studies Geography, civics, economics, and U.S. history 90 minutes 150

How to Prepare for Test Day

Test-takers can make the GED exam easier on themselves and increase their chances of passing by preparing in advance. On average, students spend less than three months readying for the test, and have an abundance of resources available to help them succeed. Explore self-paced online prep courses that include video lessons, quizzes and practice tests in the four GED test subject areas:

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