What Is the Format?
The GED is composed of four sections: Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA); Social Studies; Science; and Mathematical Reasoning. The question types include short answer, drag and drop, hot spot, multiple choice, fill in the blank and extended response. In part 2 of the RLA, you are required to write a well-developed essay on a general topic in 45 minutes.
How Is the Exam Scored and What if I Don't Pass?
According to the Nebraska page of the GED Testing Service website, a standard score of 150 on each of the four tests and a score of 600 on all tests is required to pass the exam. These numbers are based on a scoring system of 100 (lowest) to 200 (highest.)
Who Is Eligible?
The following list of eligibility requirements is adapted from the Nebraska Department of Education, www.education.ne.gov:
- You are at least 18 years of age.
- You are officially withdrawn from school.
- You have been a Nebraska resident for at least 30 days.
It should be noted that these are general guidelines; exceptions, waivers, and additional requirements may exist for your situation, especially if you are under 18 years of age. Contact your nearest testing center (explained below) for additional assistance in determining your eligibility.
How Do I Register and What Does It Cost?
You must register at the GED Testing Service website, www.ged.com. The Nebraska Department of Education provides a listing of official testing centers throughout Nebraska. Since required materials at the time of registration differ by eligibility, contact your nearest testing center to make sure you have what's needed to register.
How Do I Prepare?
You can prepare independently by going to your local library and using its GED study materials. The Nebraska Department of Education has a lending library for test preparation materials, and you can also obtain test preparation materials at the GED Testing Service website at www.gedmarketplace.com. Otherwise, try either going online to find free GED lessons and practice tests, or purchase your own materials.
Another option for studying for the GED is to take a preparation class. Preparation classes are often found at the testing centers, community colleges and adult learning centers. Inquire about price, because sometimes these places offer the courses at little to no cost.