The 2014 GED® exam is a four-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers. The four subjects are Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts.
After you pass the GED® exam, your diploma or credential will be issued by the State of Kansas. You will receive an electronic diploma and GED® Smart transcript that you can use to apply to college, start a training program, or get a better job.
1. Getting Started: How Do I Earn My GED® Credential?
The first step for anyone wishing to take the GED® test is to create an account at www.GED.com. There is no fee or obligation to create your MyGED™ account. This portal contains important information about the GED® test:
For more specific information about what each program offers, please contact the program directly. Click here to review a list of Adult Education Centers in Kansas.
3. What is the GED ReadyTM Practice Test?
The GED ReadyTM (official GED® practice test) is a shortened form of the GED® test designed to indicate whether or not a person is ready to take and pass the GED® tests. It is a good predictor of success. For information about taking the GED ReadyTM, create a user profile (MyGEDTM portal account) on www.GED.com, and click on the “Study” tab.
You can be 16 or 17 and take the GED® exam if you take the following steps:
Step-by-step guidance: http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/2014training
A free tutorial of the GED® exam: http://gedtestingservice.com/2014cbttutorialview/
Sample test questions: http://gedtestingservice.com/educators/freepracticetest
5. Where Can I Take The GED® Test?
GED® Testing is not conducted or available through correspondence or the Internet. You must appear in person, at a testing center to take the GED® test. The GED® test is not available anywhere online. Any website advertising an online GED® test is fraudulent. View these examples of fraudulent websites.
GED Testing is a computer-based exam, conducted under secure conditions exclusively at authorized Pearson VUE Testing Centers (PVTC). Authorized PVTCs are approved by the National GED Testing Service and the State GED Administrator. PVTCs are staffed by approved Pearson VUE Test Administrators.
To register for the GED® exam through a PVTC:
|$33 per module
($132 for the full battery)
|Fee to take the each of the four official GED® exams on computer at an authorized Pearson VUE testing center (to locate a testing center near you, visit www.GED.com).|
|$13 per module||
Fee to retake any official GED® module (i.e. subject area); up to two re-takes per module within 12 months.
|$33 per module||Fee to retake any official GED® module after 12 months from the original test date.|
|$6 per module
($24 for the full battery)
|Fee to take the GED ReadyTM online after creating a user profile (MyGEDTM portal account) at www.GED.com (available under the "Study" tab).|
|$4 per module
($16 for the full battery)
|Fee to take the GED ReadyTM through participating Adult Education Centers. Some Centers waive the fee for their students. For more information, contact a center near you.|
7. Are Testing Accommodations Available For Candidates With Special Needs?
GED® test candidates with learning challenges or physical challenges may request modifications of standard testing conditions based on documented special needs. Select the checkbox indicating a need for testing accommodations when creating your user profile (MyGEDTM portal account) at www.GED.com or by downloading and submitting forms available here: http://www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/accommodations-for-disability.
8. Can I Take The GED® Test In Spanish?
Yes, the GED® exam is available in Spanish at all authorized Pearson VUE testing centers by selecting the Spanish language format when scheduling each test module. The default language is English; therefore, it is very important to ensure Spanish is selected for each module.
9. What Identification Is Required To Take The GED® Test?
GED® candidates must provide unexpired photo identification which includes name, address, date of birth, and signature. Acceptable current photo identification includes:
10. What Are The Passing Scores, And How Can They Be Interpreted?
A GED® Diploma is awarded when a candidate receives a score of at least 145 on each of the four tests for a total score of 580 or higher. Click here for the Revised GED® Test Performance Standards.
11. Can GED® Scores Be Used For College Admission?
Nearly all colleges and universities in the U.S. accept the GED® diploma as a high school equivalency credential. "GED® College Ready" and "GED® College Ready + Credit" are two new scoring levels introduced on the GED® test. These new score levels replace the former "GED® with Honors" score level.
The American Council on Education (ACE) CREDIT® initiative examined the content of the GED® test and during this process, a team of postsecondary content specialists and psychometricians determined whether, at the highest level of performance, the GED® test items reflect college-level work.
Based on their review and recommendations, GED Testing Service created the "GED® College Ready" and "GED® College Ready + Credit" score levels:
GED® College Ready (165-174) demonstrates the skills needed to start college-level courses. Depending on the college or program applied to, test-takers may not be required to take a placement test or any remedial courses in college.
GED® College Ready + Credit (175-200) demonstrates some of the skills taught in college-level courses. Depending on the college or program applied to, test-takers may be eligible for up to 3 credits in Math, 3 credits in Science, 3 credits in Social Studies, and 1 credit in English.
If someone earned over 175 on each of the four test subjects, he or she could get up to 10 semester hours of college credit.
Requesting An ACE Transcript
The ACE CREDIT® program has established relationships with approximately 2,000 universities and colleges nationwide that grant credit based on ACE CREDIT® recommendations. For a test-taker to take advantage of this credit opportunity, he or she needs to:
1. Check with the college being applied to and find out whether they will grant credit
2. Visit the ACE CREDIT® website and request an ACE Transcript
3. The transcript request is sent to GED Testing Service for approval and then the transcript is issued
You can find detailed instructions for requesting an ACE Transcript here.
12. Can GED® Candidates Retest If They Don't Pass The First Time?
Yes. Retests are administered using a form of the GED® test(s) different from the form(s) the candidate has already taken. Candidates that did not receive the minimum passing score of 145 points may retest up to two additional times in a twelve month period in order to bring the score up to the minimum.
13. How Long Are GED® Test Scores Valid?
Once a test-taker passes the GED® exam, the test scores become permanent and the test-taker receives a Kansas State High School Diploma based on the passing scores at the time of issuance. Test-takers have two years to complete all four tests.
14. I Just Passed the GED® Tests. Where Can I Get My Free GED® Credentials?
A test-taker who passes the GED® test will automatically receive an electronic, secure diploma and Smart Transcript, delivered immediately to their email address after their final test is scored.
15. I Passed The GED® Tests Before 2014. How Can Get My GED® Documents Online?
GED Testing Service will fulfill diplomas and transcripts for both new and repeat requests for as far back as there is data available. Click here to request a transcript.
Click here to request a transcript.
1. Follow the instructions
2. Repeat requests and third-party verifications cost $20 to deliver an official copy or verify the transcript
3. You will need a credit card (or debit card) to complete your online order
4. If you are assisting someone who does not have access to the internet and/or a credit card, you can pay by money order:
- Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery
- Click here to download a GED Money Order Form
- Please note: the local public library may offer free use of computers with internet access
GED® Testing Center Student Support Helpline: 1-877-EXAM GED (392-6433)
GED® Credential Helpline: 1-888-906-4031 (English and Spanish)
Kansas GED® State Administrator: 785-368-8333
Third-Party Vendor Helpline: 1-888-662-0874
With the Smart Transcript from GED Testing Service:
Click here for more details on the Smart Transcript.
Click here for more information about GED Credentialing.