What is a GED?

You may hear other meanings for GED such as Graduate Equivalency Degree or General Educational Diploma. However, GED traditionally stands for General Educational Development Test. 

After graduating from high school, you will receive a diploma. A diploma is a document stating you’ve completed all the required courses to graduate. Some students in high school are close to finishing and getting a diploma, but don’t quite get there. In those cases, students can take a series of tests that will indicate whether or not they have a high school level of education. This is known as the GED test. 

Want to learn more about earning your GED credential? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Earning your GED is worthwhile, and we’re here to help you discover more about what a GED is, the process of earning one, and how it will benefit your life further down the road. Check out the video below and keep reading for more information. 

 

About the GED

The GED test has four main areas of testing:

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Reasoning Through Language Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies

You will take four separate tests that together make up the entire GED exam. Each test takes at least one hour, and you must get a certain score in order to pass. You can schedule one test at a time or all four at once.

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What a GED Can Do for You

Passing the GED exam will earn you a state high school diploma and recognition that you have a high school level of education. 

If you’re hoping to get a better job or higher degree, the GED is recognized and accepted by nearly all U.S. colleges, employers, and universities. Passing the GED exam can give you better opportunities for work in the future. And don’t think that you’re alone in preparing for or wanting to earn your GED: there are 20 million GED graduates around the world.

Who Can Take the GED Exam?

In order to take the GED, you can’t be enrolled in high school and must be at least 16 years old. If you meet these qualifications, you are eligible to take the test. 

How Do You Take the GED Exam?

The GED exams are administered in-person at an official GED testing center. Each state has multiple certified locations where you can go and take your tests. You will need to schedule a testing time online at GED.com before you can take the exam. In preparation for your tests, you can take local GED classes, live online classes, and see practice tests, questions, and test previews.

Earn Your GED Today

Earning your GED is possible—more than 20 million people have received theirs and you can too! The doors and opportunities it will open for you will be life-changing. Click here for more information about preparing to get your GED.

21 Comments

    1. Hi Reginald! We offer a variety of study materials for the RLA test. GED Flash offers practice questions specifically for the RLA test. We also provide GED Live RLA online classes if you don’t have time to attend classes in person. Lastly, the GED Ready practice test will tell you exactly how likely you are to pass the real thing. These will all help you get across the finish line!

  1. My son is struggling in high school… he is not getting the higher math and the school district does not offer any other choices… he is 16 and the principal at the school sounds like he is OK with my son taking the GED… so what do I need to do to get him signed up to take the GED… I do not want him to drop out and this would be the best thing for him to be done with high school. Thanks!!

    1. Hi Worried Parent! For more information on how to get started please email help@ged.com or call 1-877-EXAM-GED (877-392-6433). They can provide you with all the information you need on how to get your son started toward his GED.

  2. Hello!

    I am a fairly new teacher for GED and I love data/statistics. I see when a student signs up to take the GED, there are many questions about why they want to take the GED, what helped best, etc. Is there a place to access that aggregate data? My main questions are – why do students want a GED, what obstacles do they have to get it, and what percentage of people without a high school diploma are seeking a GED?

    Thanks!

  3. Hi.
    I am a South African parent. My daughter passed the three ged subjects. She is struggling with Math ged which she wrote 4 times, obtaining 143 in the last 2 tests. I ran out of options. She is missing by 2 marks. This happened twice.
    How can you be of assistance. Any south african learning centre best to help her?

    Joyce
    South African parent

    1. Hi Sediapelo! Thank you for reaching out. One of our best practice tools is GED Flash, where your daughter would have access to hundreds of math questions. For more information please click here.

      Additionally, there is a GED testing center in Johannesburg. To find a testing center near your city please click here. Reach out to help@ged.com with any further questions!

    1. Hi Dan, thanks for reaching out! The social studies test covers a variety of topics including: Reading for Meaning in Social Studies, Analyzing Historical Events and Arguments in Social Studies and Using Numbers and Graphs in Social Studies.

      For more information please click here.

    1. Hi Vanessa, thanks for reaching out! The age limit changes for each state. For more information about your state rules click here. Additionally, you cannot take the actual GED tests online. Those must be taken at a certified testing center in your state.

  4. I received a GED certificate last month (651 points) but my college requires a total score of 660 points (more than 165+ for each subject). How to do next? Please help me.

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