What is the Format?
The GED exam consists of four separate sections: Reasoning Through Language Arts; Science; Social Studies; and Mathematical Reasoning. The test is taken at an official testing site, and the fact that it's taken on a computer allows for drop down menus, drag and drop tools and other styles of testing in addition to standard multiple choice and fill in the blank questions. There is also an essay portion. The four subject tests take between 90 and 150 minutes each and can be taken at separate times or together.
How is the Exam Scored and What if I Don't Pass?
You must receive a standard score of 150 or higher on each of the individual subject tests in order to pass the GED exam. Scoring 170 or above achieves GED with Honors status. Should you score below 150, you will be allowed to take all or the portion of the exam you failed two more times within the year.
Who is Eligible?
In order to take the GED in Virginia you must be at least 18 years old and not currently enrolled in high school. Individuals 16-18 years old can also be eligible if they meet additional conditions and documentation requirements.
How do I Register for the GED and What Does it Cost?
Students can typically register online for the GED once they establish a MyGED account (www.GED.com). This site also has a locator tool to find the most convenient official testing site. Help with registration is also available by phone (877-EXAM-GED). Cost in Virginia is $30 per subject.
How do I Prepare?
There are essentially two ways to prepare for the GED: study independently or take a preparation class. Of the two options, most people decide to take a preparation class. In the state of Virginia, testing centers may offer free preparation classes; a locator for adult education options is also found on the GED website.
If you choose to study independently, there are study materials and online and video options. Additionally, practice tests are available to help determine readiness.