All About the GED: Utah

If you're an adult living in Utah who does not have your high school diploma, you might consider earning your GED. The GED consists of four sections that measure your academic knowledge and skills. Read on for more information.

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Taking the GED in Utah

The GED, which stands for General Educational Development, measures your knowledge of major academic subject areas that are associated with a traditional high school education. Pearson Vue and the American Council on Education administer the tests.

Eligibility Requirements

The Utah State Office of Education provides a list of requirements needed to be eligible to earn the GED. You must be at least 18 to take the test. You can test at 17 if you are not a graduate. You could also take the GED exams at 16 or 17 if you provide an official withdrawal form from your previous high school. If you are 16, in addition to the withdrawal form, your ability to take the exams must be determined through a Utah adult education program sponsored by the state. Although residency is not required in Utah to be eligible, you must submit all required documents, including an official withdrawal form and proof of parent or guardian permission or a marriage license.

GED Test Format and Scoring

The GED exams measure your academic knowledge and skills in four content areas: reasoning through mathematics, reasoning through language arts, science and social studies. The test, which is timed and takes approximately seven and a half hours to complete, is made up of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, hot spot, short answer, drag-and-drop and one written essay question. The GED is available in both English and Spanish.

To pass, you must receive a total standard score of at least 580. To earn this score, you must score at least 145 on each section. If you do not pass, you may retest on any section. However, it should be noted that if you take a section more than three times, you have to wait 60 days before retaking a section again.

Preparing for the GED

Colleges across Utah offer preparation classes to assist you in advancing your reading and test-taking skills. Through competency and practice exams, your preparedness for the GED will be assessed. To enter into a GED preparation program offered by a local college, you might be required to take an adult basic education exam to determine your current academic knowledge. In addition, adult education programs, supported by the Utah State Office of Education, offer GED preparation. To locate GED study programs throughout the state, you can take advantage of National Literacy Directory.

Fast Forward, offered through Kentucky Educational Television, includes online study materials. In addition, the GED Testing Service has made available official practice tests.

Why Get a GED in Utah?

The GED is your passport into the future. It is projected by 2022, that 4.6 million new jobs requiring a high school diploma or equivalent will be added to the economy. But the higher paying jobs will continue be those jobs requiring postsecondary education, which is more attainable after acquiring a high school diploma or equivalent.

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