The Michigan GED

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For Michigan residents interested in acquiring a GED, this article provides you with important information to consider when making a decision to take the MI GED.
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What is the Format?

You are tested on four subject areas in the GED exam:

  • Science
  • 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.

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.

Who is Eligible?

Michigan requires students applying to sit for the GED exam be at least 18 years old. The candidate's educational cohort must have graduated in order to receive a diploma.

Individuals who are under 18 may be eligible to take the GED if certain criteria are met. More information can be found on the Michigan Workforce Development Agency website (www.michigan.gov/wda).

How do I Register for the GED and What Will It Cost?

Registration for the exam is completed online at www.GED.com. In Michigan, the fee is $37.50 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 offers a Marketplace (www.GEDMarketplace.com) with a variety of test preparation material, including practice tests, workbooks, online learning programs, and mobile study apps.

For those interested in in-person test prep, Michigan's Workforce Development Agency provides a list of Adult Ed programs throughout the state.

You may also find GED preparation books at local libraries or bookstores; however, you will need to make sure the prep material is current to the latest version of the GED exam.

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