What is the Format?
The GED exam is composed of four subjects or subtests: Social Studies; Language Arts; Science; and Mathematical Reasoning. Question formats include multiple choice, fill in the blank, drag and drop, hot spot, and short and extended answer. The math and social studies tests each have two sections, the language arts three and science only one.
How is the Exam Scored and What if I Don't Pass?
In order to pass the GED, you must earn at least 150 points on each individual subtest and you must have a 600 overall score (in other words, a total of 150 on each individual test.) The scoring range for each subtest is 100-200. You can take each subtest up to three times in a year without waiting, but must wait 60 days to retake a test after the third attempt.
Who is Eligible?
You do not need to be a resident of Utah to take the Utah GED exam. However, you will need to meet the following requirements according to the GED Testing Service, www.gedtestingservice.com:
- You must be at least 18 years of age
- For those 16-17 years of age, the following exceptions apply:
- The student's high school class must not have graduated
- The student has formally withdrawn from the secondary school
- Completion of the Adult Education Program and/or the GED Testing Application for 16-18 Year Old Non-Graduates form
How do I Register for the GED and What Does it Cost?
You can register for the GED by creating a free MyGED account at www.ged.com.
In Utah, the cost to take the GED is $30 per subtest, or $120 for a full battery (which is all four subtests). A discounted program is available for retakes.
How do I Prepare?
Essentially two ways exist for preparing for the GED - independent study or classroom study. Independent study provides several options for you. Try going to your local library and using the free GED study materials there, or you can access sample questions and test materials at the GED website. In addition, you can study at home through your television with what is called 'GED on TV.' Visit the state's website for more information about GED on TV. Of course, you can always purchase GED study materials online or at your local bookstore.
Classroom study means taking a GED preparation class at your local adult learning center, high school or community college. The Utah State Office of Education (http://www.schools.utah.gov/adulted/GED.aspx) provides a listing of classroom programs throughout the state at little to no cost to you.