The Mississippi GED

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If you're Mississippi resident without a high school diploma, the GED credential may be your ticket to a higher wage, a college education and personal satisfaction. This article answers many questions about the MS GED.
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What is the Format?

The seven hour 30 minute GED exam is a computerized test composed of four sections: Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA); Social Studies; Science; and Mathematical Reasoning. All of the portions of the GED involve multiple choice questions, drag and drop, hot spot (select an area), fill in the blank, short answer, and extended response. The RLA test is comprised of three parts, one of which gives you 45 minutes to write a well-developed essay. The mathematics section of the GED has two sections. One section allows you to use a calculator (provided), while the other section does not.

How is the Exam Scored and What if I Don't Pass?

According to the Mississippi page of the GED Testing Service web site,, to pass the Mississippi GED you must score at least a 150 on each section, with a total of 600 on all parts. Scores range from 100 to 200. You can qualify for the GED Honors score by earning a total of 170 points or more on each subject.

Who is Eligible?

You are eligible, according to Mississippi GED Online, if you meet the following requirements:

  • You are at least 18 years old or older.
  • If you are 16 - 17, you must be a year behind your ninth grade cohort and the school superintendent must determine that you are eligible to take the GED.

There are some noteworthy exceptions to the rules listed above. For example, under certain circumstances, test-takers under 18 have additional requirements to fulfill before being permitted to take the test. Since rules occasionally change and there are exceptions, you should contact the nearest testing center. You do not have to be a resident of Mississippi to take the GED.

How do I Register for the GED and What Does it Cost?

To register, go to the GED Testing Service web site at The Mississippi GED Online web site provides the following link that helps you locate local testing centers: The GED costs $30.00 per subject, due at registration.

How do I Prepare?

There are several ways to study for the GED in Mississippi: independent study, taking a preparation class or taking an online preparation class. If you study independently, you can visit the library and pick up free study materials. You can find study materials at the GED Testing Service web site at Otherwise, check out your local bookstore to purchase physical study materials. You can also find test preparation materials by conducting an online search.

If you study by taking a preparation class, contact your local testing center to determine their schedule. In addition, contact local adult education centers since they may offer free test preparation classes.

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