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Taking the GED Test in Florida
The GED, or General Educational Development, test is offered by the American Council on Education (ACE) and Pearson. It's divided into four subjects reflecting those areas commonly covered in traditional secondary school classrooms, including science, social studies, mathematical reasoning, and reasoning through language arts. In order to pass, you must earn at least 145 points on each section. If you don't pass, you may retake all or part of the exam.
To take the test in Florida, you must provide a government-issued ID card at your testing facility. The state doesn't require Florida residency for GED test takers. You can't be currently enrolled in high school or have previously earned your high school diploma. You typically must be 18 years old to take the test in Florida. However, individuals who are 16 or 17 years old may be eligible for the exam if certain criteria are met. Visit the Florida Board of Education for underage testing information.
Testing locations can be found through the locator on the GED website. Testing locations include local elementary schools, technical centers, state colleges and adult education centers.
Preparing for the Test
While the GED test cannot be taken online, you can prepare using a wide range of resources available through distance learning. The GED Testing Service offers a Marketplace with a variety of test preparation aids/programs. You could also prepare for the GED test in Florida by participating in an adult education program. The Florida Literacy Coalition offers a directory that can help you find GED test prep programs in both English and Spanish.
Why Get Your GED in Florida?
There are many reasons that earning your GED will help you build a better future. The unemployment rate is lower for people who have a high school diploma or equivalent. You can attend college, join the military or enter a training program. Your confidence level will rise along with your knowledge.