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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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Taking the GED can be a stressful experience. Often one feels that earning a passing score on all five parts of the test is essential for earning more money, landing a new career or pursuing a higher education. Learning what to expect test day will help relieve some of your anxiety, allowing you to focus on earning your target score rather than worrying about whether you've brought everything that you need.

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

When should I arrive?

Prometric, www.prometric.com, recommends reporting to the test center at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time for check-in procedures. Arriving late may mean you will not be permitted, so be punctual.

What should I bring with me?

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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, employee ID cards, military ID carts and student IDs. You cannot use your social security card, draft classification card or credit cards of any kind. You cannot bring food, drink, tobacco, beepers, books, pamphlets, rulers, cell phones, electronic or printed dictionaries or any other type of electronic device. An embedded calculator will be provided, however, test-takers can bring a TI-30XS Multiview Scientific Calculator to use on the exam.

What if I don't have a photobearing ID?

Check with your test center prior to the exam to inquire about alternative forms of identification.

What should I expect once inside?

According to Prometric, a number of standard procedures will apply to test-takers. Your photo will be taken, your test session video-taped, and you must write your signature before and after the test session. Seats will be assigned, and you may not bring food, drink or use tobacco of any kind.

What is 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, 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 Prometric, www.prometric.com.

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