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1. What is the GED® test? What are the alternatives?
The GED® test is an exam developed in the United States that is available for all adults who want an equivalent of a high school diploma. It tests general academic skills and core content that are covered in four years of high school. Each year hundreds of thousands of people earn their GED® test instead of a high school diploma, which they use to get jobs, earn promotions, or qualify for higher education or training.
The GED® test offers an alternative to high school. If you would rather pursue a high school diploma, there are both local and online programs widely available.
GED® Test Alternatives
Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™)
The Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ (TASC™) is a state-of-the-art and affordable national high school equivalency assessment, accessible to the approximately 40 million adults in the U.S. who have not graduated from high school or obtained an equivalency diploma.
TASC™ assesses five subject areas including Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. It measures examinees' levels of achievement and readiness for college and the workforce as outlined by the Common Core State Standards.
Read more about TASC™
High School Equivalency Test (HiSET™)
Beginning on January 2, 2014, out-of-school youth and adults who are pursuing a high-school equivalency credential will have another choice of tests to show what they know: the ETS High School Equivalency Test (HiSET™). The HiSET™ program will be an affordable, accessible alternative to the GED® test.
Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Iowa Testing Programs (ITP), two trusted names in educational assessment, are currently developing this new program that will provide another pathway to attaining the credential you need to succeed in higher education or the workplace.
The HiSET™ program will measure your knowledge in five core areas:
- Language Arts - Reading
- Language Arts - Writing
- Social Studies
Read more about HiSET™
2. Is the GED® for Free course truly free?
Yes. There is no charge to take this course to prepare for your GED® test on line. Advertising, such as what you see in the signup form, is where our revenue comes from, not from you! We're hoping that you'll also want to go to our partner high schools or partner colleges; but you're certainly under no obligation to do so.
Contact your local testing center regarding any fees to take your states' exam. The exams are administered throughout the year at designated locations nationwide. You can generally find this information at local high schools or adult schools, GED® Testing Centers, or on the internet at http://www.acenet.edu, a website which is a good resource for all information regarding the GED® exam.
In short, this site is a free high school equivalency exam preparation product. There is no charge or fee at any point.
3. What does the GED® exam cover?
There are five main topic areas:
- Language Arts, Writing
- Social Studies
- Language Arts, Reading
The course includes a GED® pre test, study guide, and information about preparation, GED® testing, and an opportunity for a free high school diploma online through a free online high school class. It addresses every major GED® test requirement.
4. Can I take the GED® test? When and where?
GED® certificate eligibility varies from state to state. Some states require that you are at least 18 years old; others will accept applicants as young as 16 years old. In a search engine such as Google, type "GED® requirements" followed by the name of your state, for more information.
5. Is the GED® test accepted at colleges and universities?
Yes. Approximately 97% of colleges and universities admit GED® test graduates.
6. How long will it take to study for the exam?
Everyone is different. However, the key is to study regularly, pay close attention to the course content, and work hard.
7. Do I need any additional materials?
No. However, you might find supplemental books, or information you find on the Internet, to be helpful. This GED® test online preparation course is thorough, but use every resource you can to improve your chances for passing the exam.
8. Am I able to take the GED® exam more than once if I do not initially pass?
The answer is yes, though certain states require that you wait a period of time before re-taking the test. To be certain about how long and if you have to wait you can contact your local GED® Testing Center for more information.
9. Who administers the GED® test?
The test is developed by the General Educational Development Testing Service of the American Council on Education (ACE) and delivered by boards of education of states or their licensees.
10. What percentage of questions do I need to answer correctly to pass the exam?
Generally, you need to answer an average of 50-60% of the questions correctly on each section to pass. This percentage varies from state to state.
11. Does the test have to be taken all at once or can I take it in sections?
Every state has its own rules regarding the exam. In some states you will be required to take the entire exam in one day. In other states the laws are more flexible and you can take the individual sections bit by bit, as you feel ready for them. Some states require that you take the exam over a two-day period. Contact ACE to discover your own state’s laws.
12. What will happen if you pass some sections of the GED® test but not the others?
Most states require you to retake only the sections that you did not pass the first time. However, some states encourage you to retake the entire test. This is because only your best scores are kept and when you take the test again you will be given a completely different set of questions and your results could improve
13. Is there any reason I should try and do better than just pass the GED® exam —will higher scores in certain sections be an advantage?
This completely depends on your goals. While some colleges do afford scholarships for those with high GED® test scores, there are not that many. If you barely pass or if you get a perfect score — you still pass nonetheless. As a general rule it is a good idea to study enough so that you will pass the GED® test, but you should not focus on trying to answer every single question correctly as that may be an unrealistic goal.