How hard is the GED® Test?
How do I prepare for the GED® Test?
Because of the low passing score, the GED® Test is easier than most people think. You only need 45% correct answers to pass!
Our GED Academy™ course is included in our HSE Prep Program and will help you identify exactly which skills you need to brush up on and then create a customized learning plan to make learning fast and easy.
How long does it take to study for the GED® Test?
There are three steps to preparing for the GED® Test: plan, practice and pass.
Make sure you are prepared by learning what your strengths and weaknesses are and following a study plan that will work best for you.
What is the length of the GED® Test?
Every student is different and it will depend on how much time you can dedicate to studying each day. With our GED Academy™ online course, students who study for an hour or more each day can be ready to take the GED® Test in about six weeks. When creating your study schedule, be sure to plan ahead. If you know when you want to take the GED® Test, you can set up your schedule to aim for that date.
Can I take a GED Practice Test for free?
What's covered on the GED® 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.
The Mathematical Reasoning test is about 115 minutes long. Calculators are not allowed for the first several questions (about 5-7 questions), but the remaining test allows calculators.
The Social Studies test is 70 minutes long.
The Science test is 90 minutes long.
How long does the GED® Test take?
The GED® Test has four subject tests
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Reasoning through Language Arts
- Social Studies
You must pass all four sections to be awarded a GED certificate.
What is the passing score for the GED® Test?
The GED® Test is about 7.5 hours long total, but it can be taken one subject at a time.
- Reasoning through Language Arts: 150 minutes
- Mathematical Reasoning: 115 minutes
- Social Studies: 70 minutes
- Science: 90 minutes
Where can I take the GED® Test?
To pass the GED® Test, you will need to score a minimum of 145 out of 200 (at least 45% correct) on each of the four subjects. This equates to getting less than half of the questions correct.
There are three score levels you can earn on your test:
- GED Passing Score (145-164)
- GED College Ready (165-174)
- GED College Ready + Credit (175-200)
Do I need a social security number to take the GED® Test?
What happens if I don’t pass the GED® Test the first time?
Where can I get my transcripts?
What does GED® stand for?
The GED® Test must be taken at an official GED® Testing Center. You can locate the testing center closest to you using our location system. Simply select your state, then click on the 'testing cneters" link on your state page.
What about my old GED® Test scores?
The term “GED” is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education (“ACE”). The GED® Testing Service is a joint venture of the American Council on Education and Pearson, is the sole developer for the GED® Test. Originally, the initials “GED” stood for “general educational development,” and the term shows that the GED® Test measures a learner's skills in a variety of important subjects. A GED® Test credential shows that the recipient has the same general level of academic achievement as a typical high school graduate.
Who is eligible to take the GED® Test?
The GED® Testing Service issued a new form of the GED® Test in January 2014. Anyone who has started GED testing, but failed to complete the testing successfully when the new form was released, must begin the entire GED® Test again (including paying all fees). Some states require the test taker to pass all the tests in the year they are attempted.
The Spanish version of the GED® Test changed on January 1, 2014 and the same rules apply; any testing done before January 1, 2014 will not be applied to the new form. As with the English version, the entire test must be taken again (including paying all fees).
GED® Test scores are valid until the GED® Testing Service updates the GED® Test. This usally happens every ten years. The last update was in 2014.
GED® Test requirements vary from state to state. The GED® Testing Service suggests the following GED requirements for you to take the test:
- You are not enrolled in high school, and
- You have not graduated from high school, and
- You are at least age 16*, and
- You meet state, provincial, or territorial requirements regarding age, residency, and the length of time since leaving school.
If you are considering leaving high school, the GED® Testing Service recommends that you first meet with your high school counselor to talk seriously about your decision and the level of academic skill needed to pass the GED® Test.
*Some states require GED® Test takers to be at least 18 years of age.