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Q: What is the GED® test?

A: The 2014 GED® test is a four-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers. The four subjects are Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts. After you pass the GED® test, your diploma or credential will be issued by your state, and you’ll receive a GED® transcript that you can use to apply to college, start a training program, or get a better job.

Q: What are the four content areas that are tested on the GED® test?

A: The four content areas are: Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA), Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies.

Q: How long is the GED® test?

A: The GED® test takes about 7 hours and 30 minutes.

Q: What do I need to score in order to pass the test?

A: You must get at least a score of 150 on each test part to pass the GED® test and earn your high school diploma. You may also earn an Honors score if you receive a score of 170 or more on a test part.

  • Below Passing: 100 — 149
  • Passing Score: 150 — 169
  • Honors Passing Score: 170 — 200

Q: Do I have to take the entire GED® test over if I do not get a passing test score?

A: You can take one test subject at a time, and only retake the subjects in which you didn't get at least a score of 150. GED Testing Service helps you pay for two retakes per subject, so retaking is easier than ever. If after three tries you still have not passed the test subject, you must wait 60 days to test again.

Your state may have other policies on studying before you retake the test, so it's important to check your state's policies on the GED.com website.

Q: Can I take the GED® tests online?

A: No. The GED® tests cannot be taken online and must be taken in person at an authorized testing center. If you take a test on the Internet that claims to be the GED® test, it is not a legitimate program.

Q: How much does the GED® test cost?

The cost of the GED® test varies from state to state. The price you will pay is set by your state. Check your state’s testing policies, by logging into the MyGED portal at www.GED.com or by visiting your state’s adult education website.