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Maryland GED Test Information
The GED, or General Educational Development, exam is a combination of four tests used to measure your academic ability in comparison to high school graduates. Content areas on the GED tests are language arts, mathematical reasoning, social studies and science. Many colleges and employers accept the GED as an alternative to a traditional high school diploma. To take the GED tests in Maryland, you must meet all eligibility requirements, which include:
- You must be at least 19 years old
- Test takers ages 16 to 19 must be withdrawn from high school, and must provide official documentation of their withdrawal to the Maryland GED office
- You should not have graduated from high school
- You must be a current resident of Maryland
The GED Testing Service has a testing center locator on its website that you can use to find GED testing centers throughout Maryland by entering and address or zip code. (https://wsr.pearsonvue.com/testtaker/registration/SelectTestCenterProximity/GEDTS/879918). You can also find testing centers through the Maryland Adult Education and Literary Services Program, which is part of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (www.dllr.state.md.us). Official testing locations in Maryland are provided in a variety of settings, including community colleges, high schools and learning centers.
GED Testing Format
In Maryland, you may take the tests in English or Spanish, however, the language arts section of the test must be taken in English. The GED tests take about seven and a half hours to complete, with each individual test receiving a specific maximum time allotment. You will have 150 minutes for the language arts section, 115 minutes for the mathematical reasoning test, and 90 minutes for the social studies and science tests.
The GED test scores on each section range from 100 - 200. The minimum score required on each section is 150, and the total score needed on all four tests is 600. Test takers who reach 170 -200 points on test sections earn Honors scores.
If you don't meet the minimum score on a test section, you can retest two more times. However, if you fall short of the required score three times, you'll need to wait 60 days before taking the test again. There is no limit on the number of times you can take the test in any given year.
In Maryland, you could participate in Maryland-i-Pathways, a free, online GED test preparation program that offers teacher assistance. ( http://www.mdadultedonline.org/) You could also prepare by completing an adult education program led by instructors. To enroll in these programs, you might have to demonstrate your academic level by taking a life skills test. To locate an adult education program near you, visit the directory offered by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. (http://dllr.maryland.gov/gedmd/programs.shtml)
If you want to prepare for the GED tests independently, you might have access to GED preparation programs televised on your local PBS station. You could also purchase study books created specifically for the GED tests, answer sample questions or take the official online GED practice exam, GED Ready, on the GED.com website. There is a $6 fee for each section of the practice test.