What to Expect on Test Day

For those testing in-person at a Test Center:

You need to check into the testing center at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled GED® test appointment. If you arrive more than 15 minutes after your scheduled appointment time, you may not be admitted and could lose your test fee.

For those eligible to test for the GED Online Exam:

You will need to check in 30 minutes prior to your scheduled GED® test appointment. Visit our Take the Online GED Test page for a complete tutorial of the online test experience. Here you can also run a system test to make sure your computer meets the requirements.

For those testing in-person at a Test Center:

You are required to bring a non-expired, government-issued photo ID with you on test day and have the option of bringing a TI-30XS hand held calculator.

For those eligible to test for the GED Online Exam:

Visit our Take the Online GED Test page for a complete tutorial of the online test experience.  This page will help clarify which items are acceptable and which are prohibited.

For those testing in-person at a Test Center:

No, you will not need to memorize formulas for your GED® test. You will be able to use the Formula Reference sheet on test day.

For those eligible to test for the GED Online Exam:

No, you will not need to memorize formulas for your GED® test.  An online math reference sheet will be available as a drop down during the online test experience.  Additionally, an online calculator and scratch pad will be available. Visit our Take the Online GED Test page for a complete tutorial of the online test experience, including an opportunity to practice using the calculator tutorial.

For those testing in-person at a Test Center:

You will be given three erasable note boards and a marker to take in with you. All personal items must remain outside of the testing room in a secure area.

For those eligible to test for the GED Online Exam:

Visit our Take the Online GED Test page for a complete tutorial of the online test experience, including what you may or may not have with you during Online testing.

For those testing in-person at a Test Center:

When you schedule more than one subject in the same day, you will automatically be given a ten-minute break in between tests. Unscheduled breaks are not allowed, and your test will not be scored if you leave the room during an unscheduled break.

During scheduled breaks and lunches, you may access your personal items. If you need to leave the room, have questions about the test, or are experiencing problems with your computer, raise your hand and notify the test administrator. Learn more about test day.

For those eligible to test for the GED Online Exam:

You will schedule your GED online exams separately, therefore you may take all necessary breaks between your online test appointments.  Visit our Take the Online GED Test page for a complete tutorial of the online test experience.

The testing software contains a test-timer in the upper right-hand corner of the screen that you can minimize or keep in view.

Note: the timer cannot be minimized during the final few minutes of the test. We want to make sure you know when time is running out.

For those testing in-person at a Test Center:

Yes, the computer manages all of the timing on the test, although the test administrator will log you in and out of your test workstation.

For those eligible to test for the GED Online Exam:

An online computer timer will regulate your entire testing session.  A Greeter and Proctor will monitor your testing session and your session will be video recorded to ensure compliance of all online testing rules.