Is there a GED Pre-Test?

GED Pre-Tests

Before you schedule your GED exams, you may need or want to take an approved pre-test to ensure that you have covered all the material necessary to succeed. The Official GED Practice Test is designed to help students thoroughly prepare for their exams. In some states this practice test is required.

What Is the Official GED Practice Test?

The Official GED Practice Test covers the same type of information that you need to know to pass your GED exams. It presents questions in the same formats used on the actual GED tests but lasts half the amount of time as the real version. It is designed to ensure that you are familiar with both the structure and content of the GED exams before you schedule them. It also provides diagnostic info so you'll know what areas you need to study in order to pass your tests.

How Can I Access the Official GED Practice Test?

The Official GED Practice Test actually contains 4 practice tests. There is 1 practice test for each of the 4 subjects covered.

You can purchase your Official GED Practice Tests online for $6 each through the GED Marketplace (

Depending on your state, you might need to access the practice test at an adult education center. This is often the case in states that require students to take it prior to registering for their GED exams.

Do I Have to Take the GED Practice Test?

In Kentucky, GED applicants must not only take the Official GED Practice Test but also earn passing scores on all 4 test sections before they can make arrangements to take any of the GED exams.

Residents of Arkansas must take the official pre-test for each subject area and pass it before they can take their official GED exam in that subject area.

Residents of some school districts in Nevada who are 16 years old must take the Official GED Practice Test. A test fee of up to $10 may apply, and there are score requirements that must be met in order to qualify to take the GED exams.

The Official GED Practice Test is also required to qualify to take the GED exams in the District of Columbia.

In all other states, the Official GED Practice Test is optional. It is available to use as a resource to prepare for your exams, but applicants do not have to take or pass the practice test.

Other Study Options

If you're interested in combining the Official GED Practice Test with online prep coursework, this pre-test is also offered as part of a GED Start-to-Finish bundle that can be purchased through the GED website. In addition to the practice test, the study bundle includes live classes and video recordings that cover relevant material. You can also submit questions to tutors via email. Once you purchase the study bundle, you have 90 days to take the online classes. Included in the cost are vouchers to pay for each of the 4 GED exams.

Online self-paced study resources are also available through the links below. Each study guide includes video lessons and quizzes to help assess your understanding of the material covered.

In addition to accessing online resources, you might also want to consider joining a study group or finding a study partner. Some people are more effective when they feel accountable to other individuals. Other students may work better on their own. It's important to consider the study options that are available to you and how they may help you as you prepare for your exams.

GED stands for the General Educational Development tests. These exams are taken by individuals who did not earn a high school diploma and cover four main subject areas. The successful completion of these tests provides the same benefits as graduating high school. Read on to learn more.

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