1. 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 credential is recognized nationwide and is accepted by more than 95% of U.S. employers, colleges, and universities.
The test features a variety of question types, including multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, and essay.
2. What is on the GED® test?
The GED® consists of a battery of four tests, covering mathematics, language arts, social studies, and science. The GED® tests measure knowledge, communication, information processing, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.
- Reasoning through Language Arts
- Social Studies
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3. How long is the GED® test?
The official GED® Test takes approximately seven and a half hours to complete. The test is typically broken up over multiple days of testing. Test takers schedule which subtests they would like to take and when. You may choose to take one subject test at a time or multiple subtests on the same day.
- Reasoning through Language Arts – 1 hour, 30 minutes
- Mathematics –1 hour, 55 minutes
- Science – 1 hour, 30 minutes
- Social Studies – 1 hour, 30 minutes
4. How is the new 2014 GED® test different from the old test?
The new test is computer-based, costs $128, and requires some content knowledge from the Common Core Standards. It offers 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 test is different from the previous GED® test.
5. 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.
6. Where can I take the GED® test?
7. How do I register for the GED® test?
Most students register and schedule online using MyGED. Sign up with your valid e-mail address, complete your profile, and click the yellow “Start Scheduling” button to schedule your test.
You may also register over the phone by calling 1-877-EXAM-GED (available in English and Spanish).
Click here to locate an Official GED ® Testing Center.
8. How much does it cost to take the GED® test?
The cost to take the GED® test in Florida is $32 per module. The total cost to take each of the four subtests is $128 for first-time test takers. Those who need to retake the test are eligible to receive two discounted retake opportunities per subject area.
9. What are the score requirements to pass the GED® test?
To earn a State of Florida High School Diploma you must:
Each subtest is worth a set number of raw score points. Individual questions are worth different numbers of score points. For example, a test item with two drop-down selections would be worth two points, since the test-taker is being asked two separate things. In this case, it would be possible to earn 0, 1, or 2 points on that test item. A test-taker’s raw score is then scaled to a number from 100 to 200, with 150 scaled score points for a Passing Standard high school equivalency diploma and 170 scaled score points for an Honors (college- and career-ready) diploma.
- Earn a standard score of at least 150 on each of the four GED® subtests.
- Candidates who pass the test are given a State of Florida High School Diploma and an Official Transcript that lists GED® test scores.
- Candidates who earn a standard score of at least 170 on each subtest earn an honors diploma demonstrating college- and career-readiness.
10. How long do I have to wait to receive my scores?
The score report will usually be available within 3 hours of testing. You will receive an e-mail when your scores are ready for viewing on MyGED.
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 don’t pass the test to enroll in preparation classes or wait a pre-determined amount of time before attempting to retest. Candidates may retake a subject at a discounted rate two times. If the test-taker does not pass a subject test after the third attempt, he/she will need to wait at least 60 days before attempting again and will need to pay full price to retake the test for a third time.
12. What is the cost to retest?
Each test-taker who does not pass their first attempt is eligible for two reduced-cost retests per subject area at a price of $12 each. After receiving two retakes at the reduced price, the price of the test subject returns to the regular price. If you fail that subject again, you will receive two more retakes at the reduced rate.
13. 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.
14. Can I take the GED® test in another language?
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. Can I take an online course to study for the GED in Florida?
18. 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.
19. How can I get a duplicate or copy of my GED® test scores and/or diploma?
20. 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.
21. Are there special accommodations for people with disabilities and/or special needs?
Available accommodations include: 25%, 50%, and 100% extended time, stop-the-clock breaks, private room, calculator, scribe, reader, Braille, etc. In addition, development is underway for screen reading software to be available for blind test-takers, and zoom/magnification will be available for low-vision test-takers.
All test-takers will have the ability to alter the color/contrast settings and increase the font size of their exam without the need for accommodations.
Test-takers seeking accommodations will register at MyGED. During the registration process, test-takers seeking accommodations will select “yes” when asked if they intend to apply for testing modifications (accommodations) based upon a documented disability. After selecting “yes,” test-takers will receive an email with specific information on where to submit their accommodations request, which will include a link to the accommodations website http://www.gedtestingservice.com/accommodations.
Test-takers will be notified in writing of the accommodations decision, usually within 30 days. If approved, test-takers will be given specific instructions for how to schedule their accommodated GED® Tests with the Pearson VUE Accommodations Scheduling team. If not approved, test-takers will be advised about the appeal procedures. Either way, test-takers will then have the ability to call to discuss the accommodations decision.
22. Is a paper-based test available?
Yes, but this is exclusively for candidates with a disability that makes use of the computer impossible. This accommodation is not for comfort, convenience, or a lack of computer skills
23. What computers skills will I need to take the computer-based GED® test?
To be comfortable taking the GED® test, test-takers should know how to:
- Use a mouse, including clicking, scrolling, and dragging and dropping
- Operate a scroll bar
- Use a keyboard
- Copy and paste
- Undo and redo edits
- Use an on-screen calculator
- Use on-screen navigation buttons such as Previous, Next, and Close
To practice the skills needed, go to the GED Test Resources page and select any of the 2014 Computer-Based Test Tutorials.
24. 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.