GED® TEST FAQs AT-A-GLANCE
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the GED® test:
- HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO TAKE THE TEST?
In general, you must be 18 years old and out of school to take the GED® test.
Palm Beach County students ages 16-17 are required to take GED® Ready: The Official Practice Test and score above 150 on each of the sub-tests. Their parent must complete an Age Waiver Application.
Click here to download Age Waiver form for 16-17 year olds.
- DO I HAVE TO BE A RESIDENT OF FLORIDA?
No, you do not have to be a Florida resident to take the GED® Test.
- WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO PRESENT AT THE TESTING CENTER?
Candidates must provide ONE of the following documents at the testing center. They need to bring a Valid Identification with a picture and signature to the testing center on testing day.• A State Driver’s License
• A State Identification Card
(from the Division of Motor Vehicles from any of the 50 states)
• A Passport, Foreign or U.S.
• A Government or State issued ID that has an official sealThe ID used must have a valid date, and the picture must be clear and up to date.
- HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO TAKE THE GED® TESTS?
The complete battery of GED® test costs $128; each one of the four sub-tests costs $32.
- HOW DO I ACCESS TEST SCORES AFTER I HAVE TESTED? CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS
- HOW DO I REQUEST AN OFFICIAL FLORIDA GED® CREDENTIAL/TRANSCRIPT?For diplomas earned on or after January 1, 2014: Original credentials will be sent via email to the candidate, usually the same day. The email will include information on how to order hardcopies. There is no charge for original credentials, including the electronic and paper version. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILSDuplicate credential requests can be made by logging in to GED.COM
Use the login at the top right of the page.
Select the My Scores tab.
Click the Order Duplicates button on the Scores page.
For diplomas earned prior to January 1, 2014: Candidates will request credentials from GED Credentialing™ by CLICKING HERE
All diploma verification will be handled through the appropriate duplicate diploma and/or transcript request process depending on the date earned.
- HOW CAN I PRACTICE AND STUDY FOR THE TESTS?GED® test preparation classes are available through the Department of Adult & Community Education of the School District of Palm Beach County. GED® classes are conveniently offered online and on-site at more than 30 locations in Palm Beach County. MyGED.com also has a variety of study materials available.
- WHAT SUBJECTS DOES THE GED® COVER?
The GED® Test is a series of four tests:Reasoning through Language Arts
- WHAT MUST I SCORE TO PASS THE TESTS?
- Below Passing: 100-144
- GED® Passing Score: 145-164
- GED® College Ready: 165-174
- GED® College Ready + Credit: 175-200
- HOW LONG IS THE TEST?
The GED® test has four content areas and takes roughly seven and a half hours:The Reasoning Through Language Arts test is 150 minutes long and testing is broken down into three sections:
- Section 1 (35 minutes*) tests all content
- Section 2 (45 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test
- Student break (10 minutes)
- Section 3 (60 minutes*) tests all content
*The time allotted for sections 1 and 3 may vary slightly, but the total test time will always be 150 minutes.
The Mathematical Reasoning test is 115 minutes long and is one single section.
Part 1 – (first 5 questions) calculators not allowed
Part 2 – (remaining 41 test questions) calculators allowed
Students must submit their answers before moving on to the rest of the test. These parts are not timed separately.
The Social Studies test is 70 minutes long and is one single section.
It is not recommended that you take all four parts of the test on the same day. Eight hours is a long time to be testing with just three 10-minute breaks. If you choose to take the entire test on the same day, you may want to consider scheduling yourself a break for lunch.
- I HAVE SOME DISABILITIES. CAN I GET HELP TAKING THE TESTS?
Yes. Candidates with physical, emotional, or specific learning disabilities may be provided with special testing accommodations. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
- HOW DO I GET MY DIPLOMA?
Students will receive an electronic diploma within hours of successful completion of all four sections of the GED test. Students can request a paper certificate at WWW.GED.COM
- I DIDN’T PASS THE TESTS. NOW WHAT?
You will receive an enhanced score report from GED Testing Service with targeted feedback so you can see what your strengths are, what skills to develop, and how to score higher on your re-test.
- HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT FOR MY TEST RESULTS?
Your scores will be available on your MyGED account within 4 hours of test completion.
- IF I DON’T PASS, HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT BEFORE TAKING THE TEST AGAIN?
You can take the test three times without any waiting period. After the third attempt, test-takers must wait 60-days after their last attempt before they can test again. This will result in test-takers having up to eight opportunities to test in a year, should they require that many attempts.We encourage you receive additional instruction either in the classroom or online.You can also get study materials from MyGed.com or try your hand at a practice test before you re-test.
- DO I HAVE TO TAKE THE WHOLE TEST OVER IF I DON'T PASS ONE SECTION?
No, you can just take the sub-test that you did not pass.
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