GED FAQs: What Should I Expect On Test Day?

The day one takes the GED is stressful enough without worrying about what to expect. This article outlines a few test center procedures and discusses what you need to bring with you.

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Eligibility and Passing Score

Often one feels that earning a passing score on all four parts of the GED test is essential for earning more money, landing a new career or pursuing a higher education. To receive a GED certificate, your score must be at least 145 on each of the four content areas for a combined score of 580. If you plan to attend college, then your target score should be at least 165 on each area of the test.

The GED Testing Service requires test takers to be at least 16 years old and not enrolled in high school. Your state's eligibility restrictions are likely to vary slightly, so it's important to check your state's requirements before sitting for the GED exam.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding test day and their answers.

When should I arrive?

You should arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time for check-in procedures. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, you will not be allowed to sit for the exam. No refund will be given, so be punctual.

What should I bring with me?

Test-takers must have an acceptable and valid ID to be admitted. This ID must bear your name, your signature, your date of birth and a recent photograph. Consider bringing a second ID in case there is a problem with your first. Acceptable IDs include passports, driver's licenses, learner's permit, and other forms of government-issued ID card (national or international). You cannot use your social security card, draft classification card or credit cards of any kind. You cannot bring food, drink, tobacco, books, pamphlets, rulers, electronic or printed dictionaries or any other type of electronic device. Under no circumstances are cell phones allowed. If you are found with one, you will be asked to leave the testing area without a refund.

An embedded calculator will be provided; however, test-takers can bring a TI-30XS Multiview Scientific Calculator to use on the exam.

What should I expect once inside?

You will be given a pack of three erasable note boards. You will automatically be given a ten-minute intermission between each test. If you take multiple tests at once, you may want to consider scheduling a lunch break.

What are grounds for dismissal?

One can be dismissed from the test for a number of reasons, including attempting to take the test for another person, failing to provide identification, creating a disturbance, giving or receiving unauthorized help, eating or drinking, using notes or other banned items (such as possessing a cell phone), attempting to remove scratch paper or test materials from the testing room and failing to follow the administrator's instructions.

For more information about the GED or its administration, visit the GED website.

Need help preparing for the GED? Check out's GED Test Prep study guides, complete with bite-size video lessons, practice tests, informational resources, and more to make sure you ace the exam!

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