What is the GED and How do I Earn One?
The GED is a test of general knowledge in the subject areas of language arts, science, mathematics, and social studies. The minimum passing score for the GED exam is 145 out of 200 on each of the four tests. Individuals who pass the GED exam have earned the equivalent to a high school diploma. Every state department of education has information on taking the GED exam. In addition, there are many resources on the Internet and through states' departments of education that explain where to get study materials, take GED preparatory classes, or take the actual GED test. You can even earn your GED online.
Can You Go to College with a GED?
In most cases, you can. According to the GED Testing Service, 97% of colleges and employers accept GEDs. However, it is entirely up to the college or university whether it will accept a GED in lieu of a high school diploma.
Some schools may have minimum GED scores that they will accept, such as Wichita State University, which requires a minimum score of 150 out of 200 on each of the four subtests; Arkansas State University, which requires a minimum overall score of 600; and the University of Arizona and Boise State University, both of which require a minimum score of 170 on each subtest. All of these scores are based on GED tests taken from 2014 to today. Prior to 2014, the scoring was different; however, the schools that accept the GED provide information on the acceptable results from the earlier testing.
Other schools may require the GED holder to pass a placement exam such as Accuplacer, which helps colleges place students at the right level in reading, writing, or math courses. Examples of schools that have placement test requirements for GED holders are St. Petersburg College, Chattahoochee Technical College, Gaston College, and St. Louis Community College. All these schools require additional testing if no ACT or SAT scores are submitted by the GED holder.
Colleges that Accept GED
In addition to the colleges listed above, there are many others that accept a GED in place of a high school diploma. Here is a list of a few more of those colleges:
- Community colleges, such as the City Colleges of Chicago, which encompass seven community colleges
- Lone Star College
- Seattle Central College
- Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Universities that Accept GED
As stated above, most universities accept the GED. As well as those cited above, a shortlist of additional GED-accepting universities follows:
- New York University
- Alabama State University
- University of Wisconsin - Madison
- Colorado State University
Whether you have already earned a GED or are planning to take the tests in the future, you can move forward knowing that most colleges and universities will accept your GED should you decide to continue your education. Be sure to check the admissions requirements for the colleges of your choice to be sure your scores will be accepted.