All About the GED: Maryland

The GED tests can be taken throughout the state in order to earn an alternative high school graduation credential which in Maryland is called the Maryland High School Diploma. Although the GED tests cannot be completed online, you can participate in online preparation programs.

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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.

GED Eligibility in Maryland

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  • Test takers ages 16 to 19 must be withdrawn from high school, and must provide official documentation of their withdrawal to the Maryland GED office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

GED Scoring

The GED test scores on each section range from 100 - 200. The minimum score required on each section is 145, and the total minimum score needed on all four tests is 580. Test takers who reach 175 -200 points on test sections earn college credit.

If you don't meet the minimum score on a test section, you can retest two more times. You can only take a test three times in any given year.

Testing Locations

The GED Testing Service has a testing center locator on its website when you create account. You can find GED testing centers throughout Maryland by entering and address or zip code. 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.

GED Preparation

In Maryland, you could participate in Maryland-i-Pathways, a free, online GED test preparation program that offers teacher assistance. 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.

If you want to prepare for the GED tests independently, begin by creating an account on the GED website. You can 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.

Why Get Your GED in Maryland?

The GED is the pathway to a better future. Recent research shows that more education means higher income according to the U.S. Department of Labor. With a high school diploma, you can make an average of almost $200 more a week than individuals without a diploma. With an associate degree, you can make almost $150 more a week than individuals with a high school diploma. With a bachelor's degree, you can make almost $350 more a week than individuals with an associate degree. Your GED is the way to a better career and a family sustaining wage. Education and jobs go hand in hand.

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