What is the Format?
The GED is made up of four separate sections: Reasoning through Language Arts; Social Studies; Science; and Mathematics. The exam consists of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, short answer and extended response/essay questions. Because the test is taken on a computer at an official Alaska testing site, questions can make use of pull-down menus, hot spots (where the mouse is used to point to an answer) and an on-screen calculator. Subject tests can be taken all at once or one or two at a time.
How is the Exam Scored and What if I Fail?
As of 2014, the GED is scored on a scale of 200 possible points in each subject area. Earning 150 or more constitutes a passing score for that subject, and 170 or more is designated as GED with honors. The 170 level is also an indication of college- and career-readiness. All four subject modules must be passed to earn the GED credential.
If you fail the entire exam or just a single portion, don't worry. There is no limit to the amount of times you can take the GED exam (although a 60-day waiting period is imposed after the first three tries). If you fail certain sections, you are only required to retake those sections.
Who is Eligible?
You will be eligible to take the GED exam, according to the Alaska Jobs Center Network, if you meet the following three requirements:
- You are at least 18 years of age or older.
- You have not yet received any high school diploma or its equivalent.
- You are physically present in Alaska at the time your test application is made.
If you are 16 or 17 years old, you may still be eligible for an age waiver. Teens or children under 16 cannot take the GED.
Even with the above general eligibility requirements, it is always a good idea to contact your nearest testing center (explained below) where you intend on taking the exam to determine if there are any other requirements, especially if you have special circumstances.
How do I Register for the GED and What Will it Cost?
To register, establish an account and follow instructions at www.MyGED.com. There is no cost to create your account, but when you schedule the test there is a $30 fee per subject module. The same website offers a locator feature to find the closest official testing center.
How do I Prepare?
There are two ways you can prepare for the GED: prepare alone or take a prep class. The GED website can help lead you to options available nearby and online. While preparation classes are encouraged, studying alone can also be effective, especially if you are limited because of your time constraints, location or learning style. If you choose to study independently and you are on a budget, you can visit your local library and use its study materials or go online and visit websites that offer free GED preparation lessons and practice tests.
If you decide to prepare for the GED by taking a preparation class, try contacting your local testing center. They may offer preparation classes onsite or they should at least know where the nearest adult education center or access to Adult Basic Education (ABE) can be found. If a community college is located in your area, that can be another good resource.