What is the Format?
You are tested on four subject areas in the GED exam:
- Social Studies
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Reasoning through Language Arts
The exam consists of multiple-choice questions, reading tasks, short answer, and extended response questions. On the mathematics exam, you will only be allowed to use a calculator for one part of the subtest. In total, the GED exam takes about seven and a half hours to complete.
How is the Exam Scored and What if I Don't Pass?
To pass the GED exam, you need a minimum score of 150 on each of the four subject area tests. Passing the exam earns you a Georgia GED Diploma.
If you do not pass, you may retake a section of the exam 2 times without waiting. After the third attempt, a 60-day waiting period is applied.
Residents of Georgia who pass the GED exam (and meet other criteria) are eligible to receive a $500 GED HOPE Grant to be used toward the costs of post-secondary education (www.gsfc.org).
Who is Eligible?
To sit for the GED exam without restrictions, Georgia requires candidates be at least 18 years of age, not currently enrolled in high school, and not possess a high school diploma or equivalency. Individuals who are 16 or 17 may be eligible for the exam if they enroll in an adult education program and receive official permission to take the exam.
How do I Register for the GED and What Will it Cost?
Registration for the exam is completed online at www.GED.com. In Georgia, the fee is $40 for each of the four subject area tests.
How do I Prepare?
There are many ways to prepare to take the GED exam. For example, the GED Testing Service (www.GEDTestingService.com) offers a Marketplace with a variety of test preparation material. Georgia's Technical College System, which oversees adult education programs, provides a list of centers with free programs to help prepare you for the exam (www.tcsg.edu). You may also find GED preparation books at local libraries or book stores; however, you will need to make sure the prep material is current to the latest version of the GED exam.