All About the GED: Kansas

Taking and passing the General Education Development (GED) exam will allow adults in Kansas to earn a high school equivalency credential if they don't have a high school diploma. The Kansas State High School Diploma is awarded to candidates who pass the GED.

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Take the GED in Kansas

What do I Need to Know About the GED?

Adults living in Kansas who do not have a high school diploma may take the General Educational Development (GED) examination to receive a Kansas High School Diploma. The GED is developed by the American Council on Education (ACE) and, in Kansas, is administered by the Kansas Board of Regents (kansasregents.org). The GED exam tests you in the subject areas you would need if you were graduating with a traditional high school diploma. The four areas are:

  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Mathematical reasoning
  • Reasoning through language arts

The exam consists of multiple-choice questions, reading tasks, short answer, and extended response questions. On the mathematics exam, you will only be allowed to use a calculator (which is provided at the testing center) for the first part. In total, the GED exam takes about seven and a half hours to complete.

How is the GED Scored?

Test takers need to achieve a minimum score of 150 on each subject area test. Individuals may retake a section of the exam 2 times without waiting. After the third attempt, a 60-day waiting period is applied.

Can I Take the Kansas GED?

In Kansas, you may take the GED exam if you are age 18 or older. If you're between the ages 16 and 18, you may be eligible for the exam if you have a signed Compulsory School Attendance Disclaimer and/or a Compulsory Attendance Exemption Form from your school district. Also, you must not have graduated from high school or received a GED credential.

GED Registration and Cost

Registration for the GED is done online at the GED website (www.GED.com). The site also provides a testing center locator to help you find the most convenient place to sit for the exam. Kansas charges a fee of $33.00 for each of the four subject area tests. Be aware that the Official GED Test is administered only at official testing centers. It is not available on online.

Special Accommodations

Individuals in need of special accommodations can submit their requests when registering at www.GED.com.

GED Preparation

Contact your local adult education center to register for free GED test preparation classes. The state website (www.kansasregents.org) provides a list of adult education centers. You may also prepare at home or online. The GED Testing Service offer a Marketplace with a variety of test preparation programs and aids (www.GEDTestingService.com).

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