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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 Pearson Vue and the American Council on Education (ACE) and, in Kansas, is administered by the Kansas Board of Regents (kansasregents.org). In order to earn a GED credential in Kansas, candidates must meet their state's eligibility requirements and attain a passing score.

What Are Kansas Eligibility Requirements?

Candidates must be at least 18 years old and not enrolled or have graduated from a high school. Exception is given to candidates who are 16 or 17. They, too, must not be enrolled in school, but they must have a Compulsory School Attendance Disclaimer and/or a Compulsory Attendance Exemption Form with a parent or legal guardian's signature. It is important that these documents are from the candidates' school district in which they live. A parent or legal guardian signature is not needed under these conditions:

  • Marriage
  • Legal emancipation
  • Adjudication.

Additionally, homeschoolers do not have to present Compulsory School Attendance Disclaimer and/or a Compulsory Attendance Exemption Form. Instead, a disenrollment letter signed by a parent or the homeschool director is requested.

How is the GED Scored?

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, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, extended response, drag and drop, hot spot and essay questions. On the mathematics exam, you will only be allowed to use a calculator (which is provided at the testing center) for the second part. In total, the GED exam takes about seven and a half hours to complete.

Test takers need to achieve a minimum score of 145 on each subject area test. Individuals may take a section of the exam 3 times without waiting. After the third attempt, a 60-day waiting period is applied.

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 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 offers a Marketplace with a variety of test preparation programs and aids (www.GEDTestingService.com) including the official practice test known as GED Ready.

Why Get Your GED in Kansas?

The GED is your path to the future. By 2022, most new jobs will require a high school diploma or equivalent. These jobs will add 4.6 million jobs to the market and will be predominantly in the areas of healthcare and social assistance. However, the higher paying jobs and the jobs that will grow the fastest will be those requiring postsecondary education, such as an associate degree. These jobs requiring an associate degree will add one million jobs to the economy because of the need in the healthcare and social assistance industries. Getting your GED is a step in the right direction for better job prospects or if you want to pursue a higher degree.

Need help preparing for the GED? Check out Study.com's GED Test Prep study guides, complete with bite-size video lessons, practice tests, informational resources, and more to make sure you ace the exam!

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