Information For Candidates Taking The GED

Step-by-step Guide on getting GED Certified

This test, which when passed certifies that you have academic skills equivalent to those of an American or Canadian high school-level graduate. It 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 test if you are not enrolled in or graduated from a high school, provided you satisfy the age, residency and other 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 succeed. This article provides a step-by-step guide on getting the credential.

Steps to get your GED

1. Know about the GED Testing Policies, Subject Areas, Format and Question Types

The 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 ( You must also know about the subject areas, format and question types. In fact, this is one of the most important things you must do. You can refer to the FAQ section and sample questions section in the official website ( to know these details.

2. Prepare for the GED Test

The second step is to prepare well for the test. Before you start your 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 from your home using GED Connection on television, books, workbooks, videos and online study materials & practice tests. The study materials such as Keys to GED® Success, The Official Practice Test and sample test questions available at the official website of the testing service are the best for preparation. The 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 test 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 is to take the test after making good preparation. Online testing facility is not available for this test. You can take this test only at an official testing center. However, there are more than 3,400 official 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 testing center locater ( To find the international testing centers, you can visit the international center locater.
  • Request for testing accommodations if you have any physical or mental health disorders/disabilities.
  • If you want to take it 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 scores after taking the test:

  • Understand your 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 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 clear successfully. You can refer to the official website of the testing service to get further details about the same.