The GED in Spanish
One of the best ways to ensure understanding of the GED test and study materials is to have them available in your native language. For Spanish speakers who do not feel that their English language skills are adequate for GED studying or testing, there are steps that can be taken. Most states will have GED preparatory classes available in Spanish but other resources also exist to help Spanish speakers prepare to take the test. In order to be eligible to take the exam, you need to be at least 16 years old and not enrolled in or a graduate of high school. Due to different state requirements, there may be further restrictions to take the exam.
Overview of the GED
The General Education Development or GED test has four sections in language arts, math, science and social studies. In order to pass the exam, you need to receive a score of at least 145 in each section. For all four sections, the passing score is 580. Although the test is offered in Spanish, certain states have specific policies for Spanish-speaking GED candidates.
In most states, you must take all four test sections in either English or Spanish. However, some states such as Tennessee and New Mexico allow you to combine test sections in both languages. In Maryland, you can test in Spanish but you must take the language arts portion of the test in English. South Carolina does not issue diplomas to anyone who tests in Spanish. If you take the Spanish version of the test in South Carolina you will receive an official GED transcript, but you will not receive a state equivalency diploma. You should check the policy of your state before you register for the GED test.
Tips for Studying
The GED website, GED.com is available in both English and Spanish. The site has information about the four test sections and a variety of sample questions and sample tests in Spanish. There is also a Spanish version of GED Ready, an official practice test that takes roughly half the time as the actual GED test. GED Ready tells you if you are prepared to pass, or if you should review certain subjects before taking the real test.
The GED website also has a list of workbooks and study guides available in Spanish. If you need help studying, the Spanish version of the GED website includes a database of adult education centers where you can find classes, tutoring and other types of support.
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