GED INFORMATION: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What does GED stand for? General Educational Development.
2. What areas does the GED test cover? Language Arts (Writing Parts I and ll and Reading), Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics.
3. How much does it cost to take the test? Currently the fee is $50.00 for the entire battery of tests. The fee is payable at the time of registration and is non-refundable (without a valid written medical explanation from a health care professional). If this fee poses a financial hardship, check with Nevada Job Connect, JOIN, or other agencies in your area to see if aid is available.
4. Is advance registration necessary? Most test sites require advance reservations and registration. Check with your individual test site for registration requirements. If you are over eighteen, you will need proof of Nevada residency, a government issued picture ID (driver’s license or identification card) and another form of identification. If you are under eighteen you will need other documentation, so check with your test registrar ahead of time to be sure you bring the proper papers with you when you register. If you are not a U.S. citizen, see number 18.
5. How often is the test offered? Check with the test site of your choice for scheduling information. Some sites give the entire test in one day, in which case all parts of the test must be completed on the same day. Some sites give the test over two days. If the test site gives the test over two days, the applicant, except those requiring special accommodations, must complete initial testing in no more than two sessions held within a period of six weeks. If applicant fails to complete the tests within the six-week period, the results of the initial testing become invalid.
6. Do I have to take the entire test over if I miss one part? An applicant who takes the GED for the first time must complete the entire battery of five tests before retesting on any individual tests. An applicant who completes initial testing but fails to achieve the minimum scores may be retested on the entire battery of tests or on the failed individual test or tests. You only have to retake the parts of the test below the required minimum score of 410 points unless you need a higher score to bring your average up to 450. Also, if you score below 1.5 on the essay, you must take the entire writing test over.
8. How many times can I take the tests? If an applicant to be retested was initially tested with an edition in the English language, a different form of the edition must be used for the retest. An applicant may be retested any number of times, although availability of alternative forms of the test may limit the number of possible retests in any twelve month period.
9. How is the test scored? Each part of the test is scored separately. An overall score of 2250 with an average standard score of 450 is required to pass the test. No score may be under 410.
10. Where is the test given? Various places throughout Nevada. You may take it at any site convenient to you. Some versions of the test may not be offered at every site. Some test sites may have more versions of the test and/or accommodations than others.
11 Must I be a resident of Nevada to take the test? Yes. Certificates of High School Equivalency (proof of passing the GED) are only issued to persons who reside in the State of Nevada or who are on active military duty and have attended secondary school in Nevada. Nevada’s residency policy for GED testing allows for testing certain non-residents who live near the border of Nevada in adjacent states when a testing site is not easily accessible to the non-resident.
12 Is there are minimum age requirement to take the test? Yes. The minimum age is 18, except in the following cases:
13. Is it possible to take the test in Spanish? Yes. There are actually seven different versions of the test. The Spanish version of the test is offered at many of the sites in Nevada. Call your local test site or the Adult Education Office (775-687-9104) to learn where the Spanish version of the test is offered.
14. If I take the test in Spanish will that be indicated on my GED certificate? No. However, it will be indicated on your GED transcript.
15. If I am a foreign language student taking the test in English, may I use a translator? No. If you feel your English skills are not sufficient, you may take the test in Spanish or French.
16. Are there other versions of the test available? Yes, there are seven versions of the GED test (English, Spanish, French, Canadian, audio, large print, and Braille). Not all sites will have all the versions. You will need special permission to take the test in audio, large print, or Braille, so make those arrangements well in advance of testing.
17 Do I need a Social Security Number to take the test? No.
18. May I take the GED test if I am not a U.S. Citizen? Yes. GED Testing Service guidelines stipulate that in order for a person to take the GED tests, he or she must possess verification of identity and eligibility for testing. Identity and age must be verified using acceptable photograph-bearing identification. Driver's licenses, valid passports, military IDs, or other forms of government-issued (national or foreign) identification that show name, address, date of birth, signature, and photograph are all acceptable forms of identification, unless there is any reason to question their authenticity. An appropriate combination of documents may be used to satisfy the requirements. Non-citizens, including refugees, legal and illegal immigrants, resident and nonresident aliens, and other foreign nationals are eligible to take the GED Tests if they meet all of the requirements of the Commission and the state, province, or territory, including requirements on age and withdrawal from school.
19. May I take the GED test if I have a high school diploma from another country? Yes. Persons whose high school diploma is from an unaccredited high school are eligible to take the GED Tests if they meet all other requirements of the Commission and state, province, or territory. Persons who earn diplomas in countries that do not participate in the GED testing program are likewise eligible to take the GED Tests if they meet all other requirements
20. How do I prepare for the test? Many Nevada community college and literacy agencies offer GED preparation classes. If you prefer to study on your own, books are available at bookstores and your local library. Practice tests and other resources are available on the Internet. Public television stations (PBS) also offer GED classes on television, although many of these are given in early morning hours and you may wish to tape them for viewing at your convenience
21. How are candidates faring with the new GED (2002)? Of the first 25,000 completing the test, 64% met the score requirements.
22. What is the primary reason for adults to take the GED test? Seventeen percent said they were taking the test for personal satisfaction. Others said their primary reason was to qualify for further education. GED certificate holders can also expect to earn about $2,000 more per year than adults who never return to complete the requirements for a high school diploma.
23. Is the GED accepted at colleges and universities? Yes. Approximately 97% of colleges and universities admit GED graduates who meet their other qualifications.
24. Do employers accept the GED certificate as equivalent to a traditional high school diploma? Yes. More than 95% of employers do. Many employers are happy to accept the GED certificate because the score sheet provides specific information as to the skills mastered.
25. How many people take the GED test? In 2001, more than 1,000,000 took the test nationwide and 658,015 passed the test.