Information Regarding The GED

Sources of Information for GED

Being the only nationally recognized high school equivalent credential in the US, the test is taken by tens of thousands of non graduating adults every year. With research reporting that only 60% of graduating high school students are able to clear it at their first attempt, it is an exam that requires a good amount of planning and preparation. The testing policies also differ depending on the jurisdiction where you take the test. So, if you are planning for the test, it is crucial that you have all the required information with you. From GEDTS and ACE to state/district/county departments, there are many places where you could find relevant information. Here is a synopsis, listing some of the key sources.

GED Essentials

Developed by the testing service, it is a standardized set of tests offering a high school equivalent credential. Here is a summary of the basic information for you:

  • It is administered and the credentials are awarded by individual jurisdictions/states across the US. At international locations, the test is administered by Prometric.

  • It is not conducted online. You need to take the test in person, at designated testing centers.

  • The testing policies differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The minimum age criteria, the marks for passing and the credentials awarded vary depending upon jurisdictional policies. For instance, the minimum age bar for taking the test is 17 years in California, while the same is 16 years in North Dakota.

  • It is a battery of five tests and takes seven hours and five minutes to complete all. You may not be taking all tests in one single administration, though.

  • GED has strict passing standards-a minimum of 410 in each of the five tests and 2250 in total.

  • The credentials, diplomas, certificates or endorsements are accepted as equivalent to high school diploma across the US. ACE reports that 95% percent of US colleges and institutes and 96% of US employers accept these credentials for admission into programs and for offering employment.

Official website is the best online resource for generic information ( For jurisdictional policies and state specific information, you may check the 'Testing Policies' section of the website ( You may also contact the relevant state departments and their programs for state specific information. For example, for information on Oregon specific policies and requirements, you may contact the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development program (

GED-Sections and Question Types

The battery includes five tests on five subject areas/skills and a variety of question types:

  • Social Studies: History, Economics, Geography, and Civics and Government are the content areas included in this test. There are 50 multiple-choice questions to be answered based on given passages and visual information.

  • Science: 50 multiple-choice questions are included in the test covering topics from Physical Science, Life Science and Earth and Space Science. The questions are based on given passages and visual information (tables, charts, graphs, etc.).

  • Mathematics: Divided into two parts, the test measures your understanding of mathematical concepts and your ability to apply them. Each part has 25 questions of different types-including multiple-choice, coordinate plane grid and standard grid formats.

  • Language Arts, Reading: The Reading test measures your skills at reading comprehension and information interpretation. There are 40 multiple-choice questions to be answered, based on information from the given passages, including non-fiction and literary texts.

  • Language Arts, Writing: While the first part of the test includes 50 multiple-choice questions to revise and edit documents, the second part requires you to write an essay on a given general topic.

For relevant information on the sections and question types, you may visit the official website. The website has sample questions, video files, link to practice test and authentic information on the sections and question types. ( For preparation assistance, you may contact Adult Basic Education Centers in your area, or check the American Literary Directory ( The representative in your area can help you find schools for preparation ( In addition, you may check with your local department programs or adult education programs.

You may find plenty of other resources online and offline for details. For example, there are a variety of videos available on YouTube (, which have been helping plenty of test takers. Your local television also might have programs related to the test. However, it is important that you verify the authenticity and accuracy of information, so that you are not duped into false claims like 'getting your credentials online.'