What is GED Exam?
The General Educational Development (GED) Test is
designed for people who, for various reasons, did not graduate from high
school but want a certificate equivalent to the traditional high school
diploma. The examination tests knowledge in five subject areas:
Language Arts, Writing; Language Arts, Reading; Mathematics; Science;
The GED Test Battery consists of five (5) subtests that measure the
essential academic skills and concepts of a traditional high school
Keep in mind: five (5) subtests x three (3) attempts per year =
fifteen (15) tests per contract year.
Language Arts, Reading: 65 minutes
Language Arts, Writing: 120 minutes
Mathematics: 90 minutes
Science: 80 minutes
Social Studies: 70 minutes
The examinee must pass each subtest with a
minimum score of four hundred and ten (410) points and a
minimum total score of 2250 points. If the
examinee does not pass a subtest the first time, the examinee may
retest two more times, with a total of three opportunities per
contract year. If the examinee passes all of the tests but does not
earn the minimum 2250 points to pass the battery, the examinee may
retest any one of the five tests in an effort to reach 2250 points.
Many examinees are able to pass the test battery
without special preparation. However, a number of GED instructional
programs in the Bay Area offer a practice test to those who have
questions about their abilities to pass the real test.
are offered at various City College campuses free of charge to potential
examinees if you are in San Francisco, CA.
The GED test is given in both English and
Spanish with special editions available for the legally blind.
Modifications and special accommodations for learning or physically
disabled students can be provided with advance arrangements with the
Chief Examiner and with State GED approval.
According to the American Council on Education, among the many
benefits of the GED program, passing the GED Tests provides an
opportunity for adults to continue their education. In fact, 93 percent
of colleges and universities accept GED graduates who meet their other
qualifications for admission.
A GED diploma documents that you have high school level skills.
About 96 percent of employers accept the GED diploma as equal to a
traditional high school diploma.