The General Educational Development (GED) test allows adults to demonstrate that they have the knowledge and skills equivalent to a high school diploma. Having a GED provides many opportunities, especially in the job market, for those who did not graduate from high school. It also is a first step toward a college degree.
Computer-based GED testing
A new computer-based version of the GED test was introduced on Jan. 2, 2014. Old and the new test modules cannot be combined. If you passed some of the GED tests prior to 2014 but did not complete the whole test, you will have to re-take the parts you’ve already passed.
Preparing and registering for the test have changed, too:
Measures subject skills required by high schools
The GED test has four-subject areas to measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers. The subjects are Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts. Tests are available in English and Spanish.
The entire GED test (all four subjects) takes about 8 hours to complete. You can expect these types of questions:
- Extended response
- Hot spot
- Multiple choice
- Short answer