Understand the Exam Requirements
Interested in taking the GED? Then start by checking your eligibility. Each state has its own requirements. The GED Testing Service requires that potential applicants be at least 16 years old and not currently enrolled in a high school. Your state's requirements will be within these guidelines; many states require applicants under 18 to submit additional documentation, such as a parent's or guardian's approval.
A part of your preparation will require you to be knowledgeable about the passing score needed to obtain your GED as well. You will need to score at least 145 on each component of the test. There are four components: language arts, math, social studies, and science. You must obtain a combined score of at least 580.
There are several ways to prepare for the GED exam. Applicants can find many different types of resources offered by the GED Testing Service as well as its partners. Preparation materials are offered in the form of classes, online exercises, home study materials and television programming as well as GED Ready and other practice tests. All of these forms of preparation are completely optional, but they are recommended in order to do well on the GED.
Locate a Testing Center
To find the nearest testing center, visit the Pearson Vue website or create an online account with the GED Testing Service (www.ged.com). Both options offer students an opportunity to use their zip code and find the closest testing center in their area.
The GED Testing Service recommends all test takers contact their local testing center directly to ensure test availability. Not all testing centers administer non-English tests, so those wishing to take the GED in Spanish or French should call to see if a particular location administers the test in their language. Candidates can also find details about what a testing location has to offer by signing into their GED account.
If you have any questions, a live chat is located within the site's portal, or you may contact GED Testing Service by phone at 1-877-EXAM-GED (877-392-6433).
Take Care of Costs
Costs for taking the GED can vary by jurisdiction. Some jurisdictions offer reduced costs for taking the exam as well as vouchers to help individuals cover their test costs. Retakes may be available for free, but this also varies by state and testing center. After the test, a fee may also be required to order a transcript of the test. For example, in New Hampshire, it costs $10 to order a transcript of GED scores after completion.
Take a Practice Test
Pearson VUE, a GED Testing Service partner, publishes the Official GED Practice Test. These tests are available in short or long versions and can be taken in non-English formats as well. The company offers online practice tests for free in English or Spanish on their website.
Kentucky Education Television (KET) is also an organization that offers practice tests. The company notes that while this test is not official, it is compiled using the list of sample questions provided by the GED Testing Service.
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