All About the GED: Kentucky

With expansion in auto manufacturing, tourism and energy fuel production industries, the state of Kentucky is in need of educated workers. If you're looking to earn your equivalency diploma in this state, you must take the General Educational Development (GED) test.

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The GED Test in Kentucky

Kentucky currently offers the GED examination at numerous testing centers. The content of the GED and the procedures for testing are set forth by the GED Testing Service on the GED website.

There are four sections that make up the GED test: math, science, social studies, and language arts. The test takes just over seven hours to finish and cannot be completed online. It might be advised that students take the test over multiple sessions instead of trying to complete all of it in one day. To pass, students must earn a score of 580 overall and no less than 145 on each section. The GED test in Kentucky is available in both English and Spanish.

Requirements for Taking the GED

Those wishing to take the GED test in Kentucky must first be given and pass the GED Ready™: The Official GED Practice Test. Students must pass each section of the practice test with 150 points before they will be allowed to take the GED. After passing the pre-test students should contact the testing center nearest them to make a registration appointment. A student doesn't have to enroll in an adult education program in order to take the pre-test.

GED test-takers should be at least 19 years old, should not already have a high school diploma and should not be enrolled in a secondary school program. Students who have reached the legal age of withdrawal (check with your local school district) can take the test, but must first certify that they have been withdrawn from high school for at least 90 days. All test-takers should be prepared to show proof of Kentucky residency with a government-issued photo ID.

Preparing for the Exam

Kentucky Adult Education offers GED preparation programs at adult education Skills U Campuses across all state counties. Kentucky offers several services for free, although some charges may apply for materials. Students can visit Kentucky Adult Education to find the center nearest them. For those who would prefer to do their studying at home, Kentucky offers televised classes and an at-home multimedia study kit through the Kentucky Educational Television's partnership with GED Connection. Students can also invest in an online GED preparation course. Prices and availability vary from one program to another.

Retaking the GED

Retaking the GED examination in Kentucky requires students to present improved practice test scores in order to register for retesting. There may be fees for retaking any section of the GED examination. Students can retake the GED test as many times as they wish, but if a student fails to pass a subject after three tries, he or she must wait 60 days before retaking the test again.

Why Get Your GED in Kentucky?

Getting your GED is the first step to receiving better jobs and furthering your education. Ninety-seven percent of colleges and employers accept this credential and many GED graduates enroll in a postsecondary institution. As of January 2018 Kentucky's unemployment rate was 4.3%. Acquiring your GED will open doors with skills and knowledge that help ensure you have a better likelihood of employment and steer clear of becoming part of that statistic.

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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