New GED® test for students testing outside the U.S. and Canada
What is the GED® test and how do I get started?
The GED test is a four-part test that measures the skills and knowledge that lead to the awarding of an internationally accepted US-based high school equivalency credential. It validates US high school and English language skills and provides International students an opportunity to earn a US high school credential, as a means to enter university in countries around the world. Get started by creating a MyGED® account at GED.com/International.
Is the GED® test available online? Where can I take the test?
You must appear in person, at an Oﬃcial GED® Testing Center to take the GED® test. The test cannot be taken online. To register for the GED® test, log in to MyGED® at GED.com/International. Find a test center near you.
Is the test oﬀered in languages other than US English?
STUDYING FOR THE TEST
How do I study for the test?
GED Testing Service oﬀers the MyGED® portal at GED.com/International as a start-to-ﬁnish online program to help you succeed. This personalized program guides you through the entire testing process and helps you ﬁnd study help, prepare for test day and access your personal study plan. You can visit the Study tab on MyGED® to ﬁnd online study materials and books, information about local GED® prep classes, and the GED Ready® Oﬃcial Practice Test. Your Score Report on GED Ready® will include personal feedback and recommendations to help you improve your scores.
Are there preparation classes available for test-takers?
There are many authorized GED® education providers in countries around the world. In addition, there are other private and public organizations that prepare students for the GED® test. To find the one closest to you, log into GED.com/International
GED READY®: THE OFFICIAL GED PRACTICE TEST
What is GED Ready®?
GED Ready® is the oﬃcial practice test for the GED® test. It is the only test designed to tell you instantly if you are likely to pass the real test. GED Ready® provides every student with a personal study plan based on your performance on the practice test. You can use this to study at home or print it out and bring it into a local prep center.
How much does GED Ready® cost?
USD $6.00 per subject if you purchase it through GED.com/International
What do I need for GED Ready®?
How long is GED Ready®?
GED Ready® is half the length of the real GED® test.
SCHEDULING THE TEST
Where do I register and schedule my test?
You need to sign up at www.GED.com/International to schedule the GED® test. If you meet your local area's policies for testing, you will see a "Start scheduling" button on your dashboard. Click "Start scheduling" to answer the scheduling questions, select your test subject, your preferred day and time, and pay for your test.
How much does the test cost?
The GED tests costs USD $60 per subject in International markets. The cost of all four subjects is USD $240.
Why can't I schedule my test on MyGED®?
If you are having diﬃculty scheduling your test, ﬁrst check your alerts drop-down on your dashboard in MyGED® for any alert notices on your account. If there are no alerts, contact customer support.
Is there a time frame to take all portions of the test?
GED Testing Service® does not enforce a minimum time frame within which all four GED® test parts must be completed.
What accommodations are available for people with disabilities?
How do I request accommodations if I need them?
If you would like to request modiﬁed testing conditions/accommodations and have not done so in registration, view your account proﬁle to make a request.
How do I schedule an accommodated exam?
If you are approved for accommodations, you will receive an approval email along with instructions for scheduling by phone. You cannot schedule for an accommodated test online.
TAKING THE TEST
What can I bring into the testing room?
You will be given three erasable note boards and a marker to take into the testing room.
Are there any other rules about the testing room?
You will not be allowed to eat, drink, smoke, or use your cell phone during your test. Family members, friends or anyone accompanying you to testing will not be allowed to stay in the testing center during your test.
Can I take a break during the test?
When you schedule more than one subject in the same day, you will automatically be given a ten minute break in between tests. Unscheduled breaks are not allowed and your test will not be scored if you leave the room during an unscheduled break. During scheduled breaks and lunches, you may access your personal items. If you need to leave the room, have questions about the test, or are experiencing problems with your computer, raise your hand and notify the test administrator.
Is there a cell phone policy?
Cell phones are strictly forbidden in the testing room. If you are found with a cell phone during testing, you will be escorted out and your test will not be scored. You will also need to reschedule and pay for another test.
What should I bring on the day of the test?
While your confirmation letter is not required by the test center, it is advisable to bring a copy of it. As mentioned, cell phones are strictly forbidden in the testing room. TIP: Make sure you know where the testing center is and arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled GED® test appointment. You will need to check-in when you get there. If you arrive more than 15 minutes after your scheduled appointment time, you may not be admitted and may lose your test fee.
Is there a place to keep my belongings?
Other personal items (such as handbags, backpacks, wallets, keys, etc.) are not allowed in the testing room. Storage may be available, but limited.
SCORES & PASSING THE TEST
What does it mean to “pass” the GED® test?
The GED® test has a passing score of 145 on each test subject. Therefore, you will need to reach a score of at least 145 on each part and a total score of 580 across the four-part battery in order to receive your GED® test credential.
Below Passing: 100-144 GED®
Passing Score: 145-200
How does the Enhanced Score Report help me?
The enhanced score report from GED Testing Service provides personal feedback just for you. You will be able to see what your score means, what skills to develop, and how to score higher on your re-test. You can also choose your favorite study book and be informed of what sections you need to improve on.
Where can I ﬁnd my scores?
Scores are usually available the same day you test on your MyGED® online portal under the My Scores section. Log in at www.GED.com/International to see your scores.
I don’t see my test scores. When will they be here?
The enhanced score report will usually be available within 24 hours of testing. You will receive an email when your scores are ready for viewing on MyGED®.
What if I don’t pass all the tests the ﬁrst time?
You can take a subject area test three times with no restrictions between retakes. After the third testing attempt, the test taker must wait 60 days for each successive attempt.
What is the cost of the retest?
The cost to retake the test is the same as the cost of the initial test, USD $60 per subject and USD $240 for all four subjects.
I passed all of my tests. What’s next?
After passing all four parts, you will be notiﬁed on your Scores page that you have passed the GED® test. You will automatically receive an electronic, secure, diploma and Smart Transcript. This is delivered immediately to your email address after your test is scored. You can view, print and request a professionally-printed diploma free of charge. You can also order additional electronic and physical transcripts/diplomas to be sent directly to an employer or college of your choice. These features are all available through www.GED.com/International.
SCORES & PASSING THE TEST: THE GED® CREDENTIAL
What makes a GED® credential “equivalent?”
GED Testing Service has 70 years of experience oﬀering a high school equivalency credential. Nearly all colleges and employers in the United States recognize the GED® credential and accept it for purposes of applying to college or for a job, and it is now being more widely recognized by universities all around the world. The new GED® test was developed over 5 years by experienced high school and adult educators and reviewed by subject matter experts. The GED® test is also standardized and normed using a national sample of graduating US high school seniors to ensure it is measuring the skills needed to graduate from high school.
What are the beneﬁts of earning a GED® credential?
Among the many beneﬁts of the GED® testing program, passing the GED® test provides an opportunity for adults to continue their education. In fact, over 98 percent of U.S. colleges and universities accept GED® graduates who meet their other qualiﬁcations for admission. Universities in many other countries like Thailand, Bangladesh, Nepal. UAE, South Africa, New Zealand, etc also recognize it for admission. A GED® credential documents that you have high school-level academic and English skills. About 97 percent of U.S. employers accept the GED® credential as equal to a traditional high school diploma, according to recent studies.
What is the Smart Transcript?
The Smart Transcript is an electronic patented pdf transcript that provides your performance summary on the GED test. It is the document that universities will use to validate that you have passed the test and earned a GED credential. The Smart Transcript provides an electronic transcript that you can save or email to colleges and employers along with a description of the skills and abilities you demonstrated on the GED® test through links within the Smart Transcript.
How do I request a transcript?
Visit our request a transcript page to learn about how to request a transcript. In order for a college or university to accept your transcript, an original document must be provided directly to them by GED Testing Service. These institutions do not accept duplicates or copies of the transcript or GED Diploma provided by the student. Students will need to order duplicate copies from our transcript page and request the name and address (or email) of the institution where they would want it delivered. Email delivery is preferred so please ensure you have the email address of the admissions office available when ordering. Electronic versions are delivered within 48 hours of the request.
THE GED® AND UNIVERSITIES
Will passing the GED® tests get me into university?
Over 98 percent of U.S. colleges and universities accept GED® graduates who meet their other qualiﬁcations for admission. Universities in many other countries like Thailand, Bangladesh, Nepal, UAE, South Africa, New Zealand, etc also recognize it for admission. A GED® credential documents that you have high school-level academic and English skills. Please check with your educational institution on their admissions policy and whether and under what conditions they would accept the GED® credential.
Do I need to take another test after the GED® to be accepted into a university?
The university to which you apply may also require you to take placement or achievement tests so that they can determine whether you need additional coursework.
THE GED® TEST SUBJECTS
What is on the GED® test?
The GED® test has four content areas over approximately seven and a half hours in total. Each content area test can be scheduled and taken separately – there is no need to take all four tests in one testing appointment. The four tests are as follows:
- The Reasoning Through Language Arts test is 150 minutes long and testing is broken down into three sections:
- Section 1 (35 minutes*) tests all content
- Section 2 (45 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test
- Break (10 minutes)
- Section 3 (60 minutes*) tests all content
*Note: The time allotted for sections 1 and 3 may vary slightly, but the total test time will always equal 150 minutes.
- The Mathematical Reasoning test is administered in one 112 minute section.
- Part 1 – (ﬁrst 5 – 7 questions) calculators prohibited
- Part 2 – (remaining test questions) calculators allowed
Students must submit their answers to questions in Part 1 before moving on to the rest of the test. These two parts are not timed separately.
- The Social Studies test is 70 minutes long in one section.
- The Science test is 90 minutes long and is one section.
The GED® test is oﬀered in US English and delivered on computer at an Oﬃcial GED® Testing Center (not online).
Do I have to take all four content areas at once?
No. You can choose to take one content area at a time, two at a time, or any combination that best suits your needs.
REASONING THROUGH LANGUAGE ARTS (RLA):
What type of questions should I expect on the Reasoning Through Language Arts Test?
The RLA test focuses on three grouping of skills:
The ability to read closely
The ability to write clearly
The ability to edit and understand the use of standard written English in context
What is the passing score for the RLA?
The passing score for the GED® RLA Test is 145 or higher, the same as the other three parts.
How is the essay or constructed response question scored?
An automated scoring engine that replicates human scoring will be used to score the constructed response item. The engine uses sophisticated algorithms in the replication of human scoring processes. I think I should have gotten a higher score on my essay or constructed response.
Is there a way to challenge my score?
Yes, it is possible for you to challenge your constructed response score. We know that the scoring system we use to score written responses is very accurate. However, if you want to request a re-score, contact customer support at 1-877-EXAM-GED. You will be charged a fee of USD $50 per response you want to challenge. If your score changes, you’ll get your USD $50 back. If your score doesn’t change, GED Testing Service will keep the fee.
What will the essay topic ask me to do? Can I ﬁnd out what past topics have been on the writing test? Do I need any prior preparation for the essay?
To prepare for the essay topic, check out samples provided on GED Ready®: The Oﬃcial GED® Practice Test on your dashboard.
What type of questions should I expect?
The GED® Mathematical Reasoning Test focuses on two major content domains:
Quantitative problem solving (45%)
Algebraic problem solving (55%)
The diﬀerent item types used in the test include:
Multiple Choice Drag-and-drop
Hot spot Fill-in-the-blank
Is there a formula sheet provided on the day of the test?
Can I use a calculator? What kind of calculator can I use?
The GED Testing Service® uses an on-screen calculator for the GED® Mathematical Reasoning Test on computer.
On the Mathematical Reasoning test, what is the content of questions that don’t allow the use of a calculator?
The test questions test foundational arithmetic skills including the four basic operations (addition, subtractions, multiplication, and division), exponents, roots, and basic number sense.
Can I come back to these non-calculator questions when I ﬁnish the rest of the test?
No. You can move back and forth between the ﬁrst few calculator-prohibited questions, but you must submit your answers to those questions before moving on to the rest of the test.
Are the calculator-prohibited test items separately timed?
No, the calculator-prohibited test items are not timed separately. It is up to you to manage your time and to complete both the calculator-prohibited and calculator-allowed parts of the within the allotted 112 minutes.
What type of questions should I expect?
The Science Test covers three major content domains:
- Life Science (40%)
- Physical Science (40%)
- Earth and Space Science (20%)
The content topics focus on science that reﬂects both what is taught in many high-school –level science courses and that which is most relevant and useful. There are several diﬀerent item types used in the test, including:
Multiple Choice Drag-and-drop
Hot spot Fill-in-the-blank
Can I use a calculator?
You can use the embedded on-screen calculator on portions of the Science test.
What type of questions should I expect?
The GED® Social Studies Test focuses on the fundamentals of social studies reasoning, balancing conceptual understanding, procedural skill and ﬂuency, and application of skills to realistic social studies situations. Each test question item on the Social Studies test is aligned to one social studies practice and one content topic.
The social studies practices are skills that are key to social studies reasoning in both textual and quantitative contexts. The practices come from important skills speciﬁed in the college and career readiness standards and in the US National Standards for History.
The Social Studies Test covers four major content domains:
- US Civics and government (50%)
- US history (20%)
- Economics (15%)
- Geography and the world (15%)
The social studies content topics from these four areas provide context for measuring a student’s ability to apply the reasoning skills described in the social studies practices. The content topics focus on key concepts that reﬂect both that which is taught in many high-school-level social sciences courses and that which is most relevant and useful for an adult population. The item types used in the test include multiple choice, drag-and-drop, hot spot, and ﬁll-in-the-blank.
Can I use a calculator?
You can use the embedded on-screen calculator on portions of the Social Studies test.
How do I protect myself from fraud?
You must appear in person, at a testing center to take the GED® test. The GED® test is not online. In an era where everything’s on the Internet, high school diplomas and credentials are easily found. But the GED® test and credential are not online.
There are hundreds of websites oﬀering high school diplomas, GED® credentials, and other degrees. What they don’t tell you is the “accredited degree” they are oﬀering is practically worthless. These sites are looking to make money at your expense—and they’re charging anywhere from $50 to $500 to do it. Learn more about how to spot a scam and where to earn a real GED® test credential. Also, beware of people who claim that they have GED test items or the GED test available for sale. Report such offers to us right away.
Have you been a victim of GED® test or credential fraud?
We’re trying to protect our testing program and people like you who need the credential to attend college or get a job. We will track reports to identify repeat oﬀenders so we can report them to law enforcement agencies. Report fraud to GED Testing Service® here. Remember, if it seems too good to be true…it probably is. Let’s work together to combat online fraud. Note: The GED® test cannot be taken online. You must be in an Oﬃcial GED® Testing Center to take the real GED® test.
What are fraudulent websites?
Fraudulent websites are not accredited by state or local jurisdiction authorities.
- If the United States District of Columbia (Washington, DC) isn’t awarding you the GED® credential, you’re paying money for something other than the GED® test.
- If you’re taking the exam online or from home, you’re paying money for something other than the GED® test.
- If someone is offering to give you GED test items or a copy of the GED test, be suspicious and report it to us.
Note: As of July 2011, there is no accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (ED) or Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) that has the word “online” in its name.