The North Carolina GED

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The North Carolina General Education Development (GED) exam offers you a high school equivalent credential. This article answers many questions you may have about the NC 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?

Students who are at least 18 years old are eligible to sit for the GED exam without additional requirements. Individuals who are 16 or 17 years of age may also be eligible if granted special approval. The GED Testing Service ( recommends contacting the local North Carolina Basic Skills Education program for more information and to obtain the proper forms.

Though North Carolina does not require test-takers be residents of the state, individuals seeking a NC diploma must take and pass the last subtest in North Carolina.

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

Registration for the exam is completed online at In North Carolina, the fee is $20 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 ( 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, North Carolina's community colleges provide free Adult Education programs to help prepare students for the GED.

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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