All About the GED: New Jersey

Take the next step in your education by earning your GED in New Jersey. This credential can improve your career opportunities and qualify you for college.

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How to Take the GED in New Jersey

The GED tests, whose name stands for General Educational Development, are jointly offered by the American Council on Education and Pearson Vue. Tests are offered at official test centers, which are typically at community colleges and technical schools. Centers are located throughout the state, and test-takers should sign up through the GED website. After earning qualifying scores, test-takers receive a New Jersey State-Issued High School Diploma, which can be used to qualify for jobs and degree programs.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to take the GED in New Jersey, you must be a New Jersey resident and should have a government-issued form of identification. New Jersey test-takers must not have already earned a high school diploma or equivalency certificate from an accredited high school. They also should not be enrolled in high school and need to be at least 18 years old. Individuals that are 16 or 17 years of age may be eligible for the exam if certain criteria are met. Additional information can be found on the GED Testing Service website.

How to Pass

Your score on the test determines whether or not you pass. You need to receive the minimum passing score of 150 on each section. If you don't pass the GED on your first attempt, you can retake the tests that you struggled with.

GED Test Information

The GED is divided into four subject areas that correspond with a traditional high school curriculum. The full exam typically takes seven and a half hours. The four subject areas, or modules, are:

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Reasoning through Language Arts

The test is available in English and Spanish, but an individual cannot take the test in two languages. Only one language must be used for all four subject areas of the test.

How to Prepare

New Jersey offers free preparation programs at locations throughout the state. Test-takers can also use online test preparation resources that are offered or recommended by the GED Testing Service.

Why Get a GED in New Jersey?

A GED allows you to earn a more sustainable wage for the future and a better career. More education equals higher wages. By 2022, it is projected that 15.6 million jobs will be added to the job market. Out of those new jobs, the ones requiring a postsecondary education will have the fastest growth rate than jobs requiring only a high school diploma.

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