GED Practice Test
Trying to get a job or go to college without a high school diploma can be tough, even impossible. A high school diploma helps open doors for you, whether you want to get a promotion, apply for a better job, or earn your college degree. And guess what? You don't need to go back to high school to get one. You can take the General Educational Development (GED) test instead. TestPrep-Online is committed to helping you each step of the way to ensure you pass this test with confidence and ease.
What Is the GEDSections of the GEDReasoning Through Language ArtsScienceSocial StudiesMathematical ReasoningInterpreting the GED ScoresHow to Practice for the GED
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What Is the GED
The GED test allows those who did not earn a high school diploma a chance to receive a Certificate of High School Equivalency, should they pass. The certificate serves the same purpose as a high school diploma and is accepted by about 97% of the colleges in the United States as well as accepted in other countries, such as Canada.
Eligibility for the GED varies by state; however, in most states, applicants must be 16 or older and not currently enrolled in high school. Note that some states require that the applicant be at least 17 years of age and a state resident. If under 17, the applicant must have a letter of consent from his or her parents or school district.
The GED test measures proficiency in math, reading and writing, science, and social studies.
The test has four sections:
Reasoning Through Language ArtsThe GED Language Arts section measures candidates' reading comprehension, writing skills, and levels of understanding through the use of both academic and work-related texts. Most of the texts are informative and contain between 450 and 900 words. The Writing assignment requires that the candidates present a written analysis using the given text as evidence. Since the text is administered by a computer, it also assesses the candidates' typing skills. Candidates have 150 minutes to complete this section.
ScienceThe GED Science section measures candidates' understanding of the fundamentals of physical science, earth and space science, and life science, with a specific emphasis placed on the physical and life sciences. Candidates are assessed using text-based questions, data, and statistics. These questions come in various formats, such as drag-and-drop, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, and hot spot. Candidates have 90 minutes to complete this section. They may bring a handheld calculator or use the onscreen one provided.
Social StudiesThe GED Social Studies sections measures four different subjects— economics, geography and the world, civics and government, and United States history—with the primary focus placed on civics and government. This subtest measures both reasoning skills and knowledge. It utilizes different question formats, such as drag-and-drop, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and hot spot. Candidates have 70 minutes to complete this section. They may bring a handheld calculator if they wish or use the onscreen one provided.
Mathematical ReasoningThe GED Math section measures quantitative and algebraic problem solving, with a slight emphasis on the algebra-based questions. This section assesses problem solving as well as candidates' broad understanding of quantitative and algebraic concepts. Expect different question formats, such as drag-and-drop, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and hot spot. Candidates have 115 minutes to complete this subtest. They may use the formula sheet provided as well as bring a handheld calculator or use the onscreen one provided.
*Note that the test is offered almost exclusively in a computer format.
The possible scores on the GED exam range from 100 to 200 for each test, with 145 as the minimum passing score for each subtest. Candidates who score high on the GED may be eligible for honor level equivalency diplomas, scholarships, and college credits.
- Below Passing: 100-144
- GED Passing Score: 145-164
- GED College Ready: 165-174
- GED College Ready + Credit: 175-200
Candidates who fail some of the subtests must retake only the tests they did not pass on their first attempt. There may be a waiting period of 60 days before candidates are allowed to take the test a third time. To earn the Certificate of High School Equivalency, the candidate must pass all the subtests within two years.
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