GED Overview for Florida
A number of Florida residents leave high school each year. While lack of education can be a barrier in the work place, those in the Sunshine State have reason to be optimistic. The General Educational Development exam (GED) was designed to help those who have not completed high school to show their skills. Passing this exam results in a certificate that many colleges and employers accept just as they would high school diplomas.
What is the Format?
The GED is a four-part exam. Candidates are tested in subject areas typically taught in traditional classrooms: reasoning through language arts, math, science, and social studies. Questions are multiple-choice, short answer, fill-in-the-blank or essay formats. Because the exam requires more than seven hours of testing, many Florida centers offer it over two or three days. The test can also be taken one or two subjects at a time; passing all parts of the test results in a State of Florida High School Diploma.
How is the GED Scored and What Happens if I Don't Pass?
Each section of the GED is scored the same in all the states that offer it. You can earn a score of as much as 200 on each section, and a score of 150 or higher is needed to pass. A score of 170 in each section is designated as an honors diploma and is considered an indication of college and career readiness. If you do not pass the GED the first time, you can retake all or part of the exam; Florida allows each section to be taken a maximum of three times per year in English. The test is also offered in Spanish with a limit of two attempts per year.
Who is Eligible?
According to the GED Testing Service, the GED may be given to those who are at least 18 years old if they aren't enrolled in and haven't graduated from accredited high schools. Those ages 16 and 17 may be granted age waivers if they meet certain requirements. Proof of residency is not required to take the GED in Florida (but all test-takers who take the exam in Florida receive a Florida diploma even if they reside in another state).
How do I Register for the GED and What Will it Cost?
The GED Testing Service allows for online registration once an individual creates an account. The website (www.MyGED.com) also provides a locator service for testing sites and preparation classes. A phone number, 877-EXAM-GED, is also offered for registration. In Florida, the cost to take the test is $32 per subject, or $128 for the entire test. Discounted re-takes are offered for $12 per subject under certain circumstances.
How do I Prepare?
Because the GED is a popular alternative, you have a variety of preparation options to choose from. Study guides are available online and on paper, and instructional courses are also available in person, online, and on television. Low-cost options are available; details are available through the Florida Literacy Coalition's website (www.floridaliteracy.org). Taking a practice test (www.GEDMarketplace.com) can also help you determine if you are ready for the full exam.