FAQ

  1. What is the GED® test?
  2. How much does it cost to take the GED test?
  3. Am I eligible to take the GED Tests?
  4. How do I register to take the GED Test?
  5. Do I have to pay for all of the tests at once?
  6. Can I take tests separately on different dates?
  7. If I fail a subject, when can I retake that subject and what is the cost?
  8. How much time does it take to complete the GED test?
  9. What score is required to pass the GED Test?
  10. What do my scores mean?
  11. Are all questions worth one point?
  12. How long do you expect we will wait for scores?
  13. How will candidates request accommodations in 2014?
  14. If candidates indicate "yes" to the accommodations question during registration (they do want to take their GED® tests with accommodations), but they later change their mind and do not want to request accommodations, what should they do?
  15. If a candidate was approved by the GED® jurisdiction for accommodations prior to 2014, how will the accommodation approval "transfer" so GED Testing Service knows about it?


WHAT IS THE GED® TEST?

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:

  1. Science
  2. Social Studies
  3. Mathematical Reasoning
  4. Reasoning Through Language Arts

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How much does it cost to take the GED test?

The GED test costs $30 for each subject area

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Am I eligible to take the GED Tests?

In order to be administered the GED Test, candidates shall: Not be enrolled in a public K-12 school, a private K-12 school, a church school or a private tutor program registered with the Alabama Department of Education.

  1. Not have earned a secondary school diploma from a public school or a private school registered with the Alabama Department of Education. NOTE: Those awarded the Alabama Occupational Diploma (AOD) as defined in §290-3-1-.02(8)(g) of the Alabama State Board of Education Administrative Code are eligible to take the GED Test.
  2. Meet one of the following requirements:
    1. Eighteen (18) years of age or older.
    2. Seventeen (17) years of age, exited an Alabama public school and present to the GED Examiner a Student Exit Interview form from the school system and a notarized letter from a parent/legal guardian giving permission to administer the GED Test to the applicant.
    3. Sixteen (16) years of age, exited an Alabama public school and present to the GED Examiner a Certificate of Exemption issued by his/her local superintendent and a notarized letter from a parent/legal guardian giving permission to administer the GED Test to the applicant.
    4. Sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) years of age, resident of Alabama, exited a private school, a church school, or a private tutor program and must present to the GED Examiner a notarized letter from a parent/legal guardian that the applicant has permission to be administered the GED Test and evidence of withdrawal on school/program letterhead.

** Alabama residency is required for applicants under eighteen (18) years of age.

In order to complete the online register for a 16 or 17 year old, the required documentation listed above must be physically turned into a GED testing center. Click here for the contact information for testing center that can accept the required documentation.

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How do I register to take the GED Test?

To register, schedule and pay for the test, go to www.GED.com or call 1-877-EXAM-GED (392-6433). Credit and debit cards are acceptable forms of payment.  You must bring a valid photo ID (driver's license, state identification card, military ID or Passport) with you on test day.

The GED Test is only available on computer in Alabama and must be taken at an official Test Center.  Our Test Centers do not offer on-site registration.

Underage candidates (16 or 17 year old) must turn in the required documentation to a GED testing center. Click here for the contact information for testing center that can accept the required documentation.

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Do I have to pay for all of the tests at once?

No, there is no requirement that test-takers pay for all tests at one time. The test-takers will only pay for the subject that they have registered to take which is $30 per each subject/module. One of the advantages of the 2014 GED® program is the flexibility that it allows test-takers to register and take only the subjects for which they are prepared.

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Can I take tests separately on different dates?

Yes, this is one of the key advantages of computer-based registration, scheduling, and testing, so that test-takers can take the test according to their preferred schedule.

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If I fail a subject, when can I retake that subject and what is the cost?

You are required to wait 30 days before taking the subject again. The first two retakes will be $10 if the retakes occur within 1 year.

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How much time does it take to complete the GED test?

The GED® test will be about 7 hours long with the timing for each subject as follows:

  • Reasoning through Language Arts is 150 minutes (including a 10-minute break)
  • Mathematical Reasoning is 115 minutes
  • Science is 90 minutes
  • Social Studies is 90 minutes

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What score is required to pass the GED Test?

In order to pass the test, the test-taker must score 150 on each subject area.

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What do my scores mean?

The 2014 GED scale runs from 100 to 200, with 150 scaled score points as the Passing Standard for high school equivalency and 170 scaled score points as the GED Score with Honors, reflective of readiness for career and college. To pass the test in Alabama, you must score 150 points on each of the four tests/modules.

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Are all questions worth one point?

Not all questions are worth one point. The raw scores on the test are translated into a scaled score on the scale 100 to 200.

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How long do you expect we will wait for scores?

Scores will be returned from the test within 3 hours of completion of each test module.

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How will candidates request accommodations in 2014?

Candidates seeking accommodations will first register at www.ged.com as will all test-takers for the GED® test. The difference, however, is that test-takers seeking accommodations will select, “yes” when asked if they intend to apply for testing modifications (accommodations) based upon a documented disability. Once selecting “yes,” candidates will receive an email with specific information on where to submit their accommodations request and this will include a link to the accommodations website

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If candidates indicate “yes” to the accommodations question during registration (they do want to take their GED® tests with accommodations), but they later change their mind and do not want to request accommodations, what should they do?

In MyGED™ at http://www.GED.com, candidates will have the option to withdraw their intention to apply for accommodations.

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If a candidate was approved by the GED® jurisdiction for accommodations prior to 2014, how will the accommodation approval “transfer” so GED Testing Service knows about it?

If a candidate was approved for accommodations by the jurisdiction prior to 2014, the candidate should go to the accommodations website and complete the “Accommodations Transfer to 2014” form. Once GED Testing Service receives this form, we will contact the Jurisdiction for confirmation of the prior approval and notify the candidate of next steps.

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