What is the Format?
The GED is comprised of four sections: Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA); Social Studies; Science; and Mathematical Reasoning. The RLA has three parts and the Mathematics section has two parts. Part II of the RLA section requires that you write an essay in 45 minutes. One part of the Mathematics section provides you with a calculator to answer questions, while the other part requires that you answer all questions without a calculator. The question formats include multiple choice, drag and drop, hot spot (select an area), fill in the blank, short answer, or extended response.
How is the Exam Scored and What Happens f I Don't Pass?
Scores on each individual test range from 100 (lowest) to 200 (highest.) According to the Kentucky page on the GED website, http://www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/policy_ky, to pass the GED you must achieve a minimum score of 150 on each test (600 points total). If you are unable to score the minimum score on the entire test or any specific portion of the test, you have the option to retake the sections you did not pass. You can achieve an honors credential if you score over 170 on a test.
Who is Eligible?
According to the GED Testing Service web page, www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/policy_ky, you'll be eligible to take the GED if you can meet the following general requirements:
- You have a Kentucky address
- You are at least 19 years of age
- First time test-takers must successfully complete the official GED practice test
These are the most basic set of eligibility requirements. There are some exceptions, i.e. you are allowed to take the test at 16 years of age under special circumstances. The best way of determining eligibility is to contact your nearest testing center (explained below.)
How do I Register for the GED and What Will it Cost?
Registration takes place at the GED Testing Service web site www.ged.com. To obtain a list of testing centers throughout Kentucky, visit the Kentucky Adult Education website, http://kyae.ky.gov. Every testing center in Kentucky offers the GED exam for $30 per subject.
How do I Prepare?
You can prepare for the GED in two main ways: you can study on your own or you can join a preparation class. Studying independently can be very productive if you have the self-discipline. Try visiting your local library to check out its GED study materials. Otherwise, you can purchase your own study materials online or at a local bookstore. The GED web site has a marketplace www.gedmarketplace.com that offers test preparation materials. You can also go online to the Kentucky Virtual Adult Education (KVAE) website, http://www.kyvae.org, and take classes from your home with a real instructor.
Preparation classes are also offered at your local community college or adult learning centers. Visit the Kentucky Adult Education website, www.kyvae.org for a list of adult learning centers in your area.