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Taking the GED Test in New Mexico
The GED Testing Service, an extension of the American Council on Education (ACE), is responsible for delivering the GED battery of tests. The GED exams can only be taken at official testing centers and is not available online. The New Mexico Public Education Department authorizes testing to be conducted at several locations throughout the state, including universities, community colleges and county agencies.
The New Mexico Public Education Department sets the minimum age requirement to take the GED tests at 18 years of age. You do not have to be a state resident. If you're 16 or 17 years of age, you may be eligible to take the exam if given consent from your local school district's superintendent and your parents or guardians. Underage students must either provide a verifiable hardship, such as medical or financial reasons for withdrawing from school, or prove that they are being home schooled.
To pass the GED test in New Mexico, you must score 145 on each subject area test and earn a total score of at least 580. Individuals who fail one of the subject area tests are able to retake the test two times without a waiting period between retakes. After the second retake, there is a 60-day waiting period before another attempt at the GED test can be made.
The GED is made up of four assessment areas: science, social studies, mathematical reasoning, and reasoning through language arts.
You have about seven-and-a-half hours to answer multiple-choice questions, reading tasks, short answer, and extended response questions including an essay. The reasoning through language arts section is the longest, at 150 minutes, while the social studies section is the shortest at 70 minutes.
You do not have to take all four content areas at the same time. They can be taken individually or in any combination that works best for you.
Preparing for the GED
The New Mexico Public Education Department offers practice tests and preparation programs at testing centers throughout the state. However, you're not required to pass a pretest before registering for the GED exams in the state of New Mexico.
In addition to the testing center directory offered by the New Mexico Higher Education Department, you could locate GED study programs through the National Literacy Directory (www.nationalliteracydirector.org). For example, preparation programs can be found at literacy councils, adult education centers and community colleges across the state.
If you decide to prepare independently, the GED Testing Service allows you to purchase official practice tests for you to gauge your readiness for the actual test (www.gedtestingservice.com).
Why Get Your GED in New Mexico
Since 1942, more than 19 million Americans have passed the GED. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that people with a high school diploma or its equivalent will earn approximately $7,658 more than someone without a diploma. In addition to high earnings, earning a GED will also you to pursue a college degree or improve your employment options.