1. I understand that there will be a new GED Test in 2014. How is this test different from the current one?
Starting in 2014, there will be a new GED test. The current version of the GED test will expire December 31, 2013. Your scores will expire too if you have started but not finished and passed all the GED sub-test areas. This new test will be computer-based, more expensive ($130 in Florida), and require some content knowledge from Common Core Standards . It will offer dual performance levels where test-takers can earn the high school equivalency credential as well as an additional endorsement that indicates career and college- readiness.
Click here for details on how the new (2014) test is different from the current (2002) GED Test.
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2. Can I take the new (2014) computer based GED Test now?
Yes, a number of programs in Florida already allow people to take the new test. Click here for a list of testing centers. Until May 31, 2013, the GED Testing Service is providing an opportunity for a free retake on any GED® test subject. Click here for more information.
3. What is the GED® test?
The GED® Test is developed by the Council on Education to enable individuals who have not graduated from high school to obtain an equivalency diploma. The GED® test will be modified in 2014. For more information on the new 2014 GED® test click here.
Any incomplete test scores from the 2002 version will be invalidated. For more information on the differences between the two tests, click here.
4. What is on the GED® test?
The GED® consists of a battery of five tests. Four of the five tests are multiple choice, covering mathematics, social studies, science, and interpretation of literature. The fifth test requires writing an essay. The GED® tests measure communication, information processing, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.
- Language Arts – Reading (40 items)
- Language Arts – Writing includes two parts (50 items + essay)
- Mathematics (56 items)
- Science (50 items)
- Social Studies (50 items)
Please note that the new 2014 GED® test will have 4 sub-tests, not five. Click here for more details.
5. How long is the GED® test?
The official GED® Test takes approximately seven hours to complete. Most testing centers administer the test over a period of 3 mornings or evenings.
- Language arts – Reading 1 hour, 5 minutes
- Language Arts – Writing 2 hours (75 minutes for multiple choice, 45 minutes for essay)
- Mathematics 1hour, 30 minutes
- Science 1 hour, 20 minutes
- Social Studies 1 hour, 10 minutes
6. Can I take the GED® test Online?
Due to security guidelines, the GED® test is not available on line. The GED® test must be administered at an Official GED® Testing Center. Beware of online High School Diplomas which are often not recognized by colleges, universities or employers. For more information on GED® test or credential fraud, click here.
7. Where can I take the GED® test?
8. How much does it cost to take the GED® test?
The cost of the Official GED® Test is determined at the local level. Please note that by law the fee cannot exceed $75.00 for the pencil-and-paper test; and $130 for the computer-based test.
9. Is it true there will be a new GED® test in 2014?
GED® Testing Service is releasing a new version of the GED® Test on January 1, 2014. Individuals who have tested on the current 2002 GED® Test Series must complete the exam series by December 2013. Scores from the 2002 Series will not be combined with scores for the new assessment. Candidates who do not complete the current series will have to meet the requirements of the new test, starting January 1, 2014. For more information on the new 2014 GED® test, click here.
10. What are the score requirements to pass the GED® test?
To earn a State of Florida High School Diploma you must:
- Earn a standard score of at least 410 on each of the five GED® subtests, AND
- Earn an overall score of 2250 or higher.
- Candidates who pass the test are given a State of Florida High School Diploma and an Official Transcript that lists GED® test scores. Scores are typically available within 6-8 weeks after the test date.
Each correct answer is worth one point. For each individual GED® test, these points are totaled and then converted to a standard score, which ranges from 200 to 800 points. You will need a standard score of 410 in order to pass each of the individual GED® Tests. To receive a score of 410 on an individual GED® test, candidates generally need to answer 60 to 65 percent of the test questions correctly.
See score section for more details.
11. What happens if I do not pass the GED® test?
If the candidate fails to earn scores high enough to receive a diploma, he/she can retake all or selected subject area tests to achieve passing scores. Testing centers may require candidates who fail the test to enroll in preparation classes or wait a pre-determined amount of time before attempting to re-test. Candidates may test a maximum of three times on a given test in a single year.
Fees to retake the Pencil-and-Paper GED® test:
Fees to retake the Computer-Based GED® test:
NOTE: Currently, the GED Testing Service is giving you the opportunity for a free retake on any GED® test subject. Simply take your test on computer by May 31, 2013 and if you do not pass on the first attempt, your second shot is free! Click here for more details.
12. Who is eligible to take the GED® test?
- To take the test in Florida, most Florida counties will require a government-issued ID and Social Security card at the testing facility. NOTE: If you do not have a Social Security number, a record locator number will be assigned to you by the State GED office. Most Florida counties will also require that you be a resident of the area. Please contact your local GED Testing Center for more information on requirements in your county.
- You typically must be an adult 18 years of age or older to take the test. However individuals under the age of 18 may be granted an age waiver by their local school district. Call your district superintendent’s office for more information on how you can qualify to take the GED® test if you are 16 or 17 years of age.
- GED® candidates under the age of 18 must have been granted a GED® age waiver by their local School Board. Call your district superintendent’s office for more information on how you can qualify to take the GED® test if you are 16 or 17 years of age. GED® age waiver requirements vary between school districts.
- Individuals not enrolled in an accredited high school.
- Individuals who have not graduated from an accredited high school or have not already received a high school equivalency diploma.
13. Can I take the GED® test in another language?
- In Florida, you can take the GED® test in Spanish. The Spanish version of the test is available for test-takers interested in taking the GED® test on computer or the pencil-and-paper version.
- In Florida, you can take the French language GED®® test on pencil and paper only. The French version of the GED® test on computer is not available.
14. How do I study for the GED® test?
There are many study and practice options available including classes in your area, online classes and even television programs.
See Find a Program or call 1-800-237-5113 for programs in your community.
See Studying for the GED® for instructional materials and online courses.
15. Can I take preparation classes for the GED® test?
GED® Preparation classes are available throughout Florida. Some programs are free and others charge an enrollment fee, typically $30 to $45 for Florida residents. For the location of a GED preparation program near you, click here for a directory or contact your State Literacy Hotline at 1-800-237-5113.
16. Can I take an online course to study for the GED in Florida?
17. What kind of diploma will I receive?
Candidates who pass the test are given a State of Florida High School Diploma and an Official Transcript that lists GED® test scores. Scores are typically available within 6-8 weeks after the test date. With the 2014 Test Series, results are available much quicker.
18. How can I get a duplicate or copy of my GED® test scores and/or diploma?
If you took the GED®® test in Florida and need a copy of your State of Florida High School diploma or transcript, please click on the link below to view instructions provided by the FL Department of Education, GED® Office:
Request a Copy of Your Diploma or Transcript
19. Can my GED® test scores be used for admission to college or the military?
Nearly all United States colleges and universities accept the GED® diploma as an equivalency credential. GED® Tests cannot be used as a substitute for placement or admissions tests. To determine if a particular branch of the military will accept the GED® diploma, it is recommended that the examinee contact his/her local recruiting office.
20. Are there special accommodations for people with disabilities and/or special needs?
Adults with special needs may apply for special accommodations for the GED®. Documentation of the disabling condition must be submitted with the required department. Candidates with learning or physical disabilities may request modifications of some testing conditions. All special accommodations requests must be submitted to the GED® Chief Examiner. Special accommodations may include extended time to take the test, a scribe, use of a calculator, testing in a private room and/or frequent breaks. Special editions of the tests are also available in audiocassette, and Braille print formats. For more information, call 1-800-626-9433.
21. Am I eligible for the Bright Futures Scholarship Program if I pass the GED® Test?
Eligibility criteria for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship specify that a student must have earned "a standard Florida high school diploma or its equivalent." [Section 1009.531(1) (b), Florida Statutes] The GED will serve as an equivalent to the standard diploma. In addition, students must meet the general requirements for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. Please click here to view requirements for the program.