Get your GED
Step-by-step Guide on getting GED Certified
GED is "General Educational Development" test, which when passed certifies that you have academic skills equivalent to those of an American or Canadian high school-level graduate. The GED test is conducted by the American Council on Education (ACE) as a group of five subject tests comprising the subjects: Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts-Reading, and Language Arts - Writing.
You can take the GED test if you are not enrolled in or graduated from a high school, provided you satisfy the age, residency and other GED testing policies claimed by the state, province or territory in which you take the test. If you are eligible to take the test, your next step is to gain information on how to get your GED. This article provides a step-by-step guide on getting a GED credential.
Steps to get your GED
1. Know about the GED Testing Policies, Subject Areas, Format and Question Types
The GED testing policies and the type of credential issued depends on the jurisdictions and states where you take the test. To know the testing policies of your area, you can refer to the official website of ACE (http://www2.acenet.edu/gedtest/policy/index.cfm?return=1). You must also know about the subject areas, format and question types of the GED test. In fact, this is one of the most important things you must do to get your GED. You can refer to the FAQ section and Sample questions section in the ACE's official website (http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ged/test/prep/sample_questions.htm) to know these details.
2. Prepare for the GED Test
The second step to get your GED is to prepare well for the test. Before you start your GED preparation, inquire about the passing requirements of the test. You can prepare for the test either by yourself or with the help of professional guidance from a local educational center.
- You can prepare for the GED from your home using GED Connection on television, GED prep books, workbooks, videos and online study materials & practice tests. The GED study materials, such as Keys to GED® Success, The Official Practice Test and sample test questions available at the official website of GED Testing Service are the best for GED preparation. The GED study materials and practice activities offered by the Steck-Vaughn, Kentucky Educational Television (KET) and Paxen Learning are also very useful.
- You can prepare for the GED with the help of an adult educational center that is near your locality. You can search for a local educational center using America's Literacy Directory or the yellow pages of your local telephone book. You can also call the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) or the GED Testing Service to know the details of a local adult educational center.
3. Take the GED Test
The next step to get your GED is to take the test after making a good preparation. Online testing facility is not available for the GED test. You can take this test only at an Official GED Testing Center. However, there are more than 3,400 official GED testing centers across the U.S and other countries worldwide.
- To get the details of the U.S/Canada testing centers, you can visit the GED testing center locator (http://www2.acenet.edu/resources/ged/center_locator.cfm). To find the international testing centers, you can visit the International center locator.
- Request for testing accommodations if you have any physical or mental health disorders/disabilities.
- If you want to take the GED in Spanish or French, you have to pass an additional test of English as a Second Language (ESL).
4. Things to do after taking the GED Test
You have to do the following things when you get your GED scores after taking the test:
- Understand your GED scores.
- Request your transcript copy for applying to the desired college program or job, if you have the minimum passing score required by the college or the organization.
- You can re-take one or more of the component tests of the GED two more times in a year to get the required score, if you do not have the minimum passing score.
The above-listed step-by-step guide should definitely help you to get your GED successfully. You can refer to the official website of GED Testing Service to get further details about the same.
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