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Preparing for the Test and Finding a GED Testing Center
GED Requirements and Scoring
According to the GED Testing Service, the minimum age for taking the GED exam is 16. However, each state sets its own eligibility requirement. In addition, to receive a GED credential, the minimum score requirement is 580. There are four content areas: Reasoning Through Language, Mathematical Reasoning, Social Studies and Science. Students are required to achieve a score of at least 145 in each of these areas to receive a high school equivalency. Those who are planning to go to college must receive a passing score of at least 165.
Online GED Testing?
The GED cannot be taken online. The GED Testing Service cautions test takers against falling victim to companies offering to administer GED tests online. It says explicitly that these are not legitimate programs.
Although there are no online testing options, there are a number of prep tools and resources available online, including the practice test called the GED Ready, which is offered on the GED website or by some authorized companies and organizations. To avoid scammers, it is best to use online programs approved by the Georgia Testing Service and this information can be found on the GED website.
GED Online Materials and Resources
There are options for online GED prep classes and materials. Those who want to study on their own can find study online books and materials from different education publishers and companies. Study materials vary in format. Test takers may want to research different organizations in order to choose a preparation program that suits their learning style. But it is important to remember to use those ones recognized by GED Testing Services. The following programs are samples of the types of available resources:
GED Connection from KET
The Kentucky Educational Television (KET) GED Connection offers a self-paced plan which can be purchased for 6 months to 12 months. The plan includes a pre-test, video lessons and supplementary study materials, including print workbooks and online preparation programs. The online programs offer practice tests, quizzes and other activities for all sections of the exam. These materials are meant to work together as a unified multimedia program and may be more effective when used together.
Kaplan Test Prep
Kaplan offers a 3-month online GED prep program with instructional videos, practice questions, practice tests and email support from instructors. The program provides you with reports and advises you on areas that you may need to study. Videos can be accessed on mobile devices.
i-Pathways is a state-wide subscription-based program. Generally, i-Pathways students must pass an assessment test before beginning the program. Although i-Pathways is structured to allow you to go-at-your-own-pace, students are advised to work with a preparation center. Also, some states do require students to complete a certain number of lessons each week.
The GED Testing Service also provides sample tests and questions on its website. Practice tests, such as the GED Ready, which will tell you if you are ready for the real test or if you need more preparation in certain areas, are also available.
Finding a Testing Center
The best way to find a testing center is to use the testing center locator on the GED Testing Service's portal website. Testing centers can be searched by address or ZIP code.
Some testing centers may administer tests at additional sites which may be closer for some test takers. Secondary testing sites aren't always listed on the GED Testing Service website. Students can call the nearest center for more information on hours of operations and additional testing sites.