New GED® test for students testing outside the U.S. and Canada
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
When will the new GED® test be available to international students?
The new GED® test will be available to students globally on May 1st, 2017. Registration for the test will open on March 1st, 2017. The GED Ready® official practice test will also open for purchase and delivery on March 1st, 2017.
Why is there a new GED® test? How will it be delivered?
The new GED® program ensures that an adult’s GED® credential signifies he or she has the skills and knowledge necessary to take the next critical steps in life. It is aligned with prevailing United States 12th grade/high school graduation standards.
The new GED® test will continue to be delivered on computer. There are four subjects in the new GED® test: Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Social Studies and Science.
What are the benefits of the new GED® testing program?
Benefits of the new GED® program include updated standards with multiple scoring levels, a GED Ready® official practice test that tells you if you are likely to pass the actual test, and a predictive score report linked to publisher recommendations. Students will also have access to a robust MyGED® portal with more access to tool and resources.
What if I have started the current version of the GED® test?
You will need to pass all 5 subjects of the current GED® test by April 30, 2017 in order to receive your GED® credential. Current test results will NOT be combined with new test results. You will need to start from the beginning with the new GED® test subjects on May 1st, 2017.
How much will the new GED® test cost?
$60 USD for each test subject, $240 USD for the four test subjects combined.
Who will issue my GED® credential?
International students outside of U.S. and Canada will receive a GED® transcript from GED Testing Service and a GED® credential from the Office of State Superintendent of Education in Washington, DC. The GED® credential signifies that the student has met the prevailing standards of high school in the United States. In addition, colleges and employers in many countries accept the GED® credential as equal to their country's high school diploma. In the United States, 98% of post-secondary institutions and employers recognize the GED credential as equivalent to high school.
Is there a new scoring system for the GED® test?
The new GED® test will have a passing score of 145 for each test subject. Therefore, students will need to reach a score of at least 145 on each subject in order to receive the GED® test credential. See below for the full score scale:
- Below Passing: 100 – 144
- Passing Score: 145 – 200
How much time is there for each of the four test subjects?
The new GED® test is approximately seven and a half hours long with the timing for each subject area as follows:
- The Reasoning Through Language Arts test is 150 minutes long.
- The Mathematical Reasoning test is 115 minutes long.
- The Social Studies test is 70 minutes long.
- The Science test is 90 minutes long.
What is GED Ready®?
GED Ready® is the official practice test to assess the readiness of students to pass the GED® exam. GED Ready® offers a similar testing experience for students taking the new GED® test, and the enhanced score report will tell students where to focus on their study plans. It is also the only practice test that tells students if they are likely to pass the actual test.
Where do I find new GED® study materials?
Students can visit GED Marketplace® to purchase digital and print materials to prepare for the new GED® test. The following publishers have GED® study materials available for students ordering outside the U.S and Canada:
- Aztec Software
- Cengage / Ed2Go
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / Steck-Vaughn (currently only available in Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle-East and South Africa)
Please look for 2014 GED® test study materials to prepare for the new GED® test. The old GED® test requires 2002 series study materials.
Where can I study for the GED® outside of the U.S.?
Click here, and click “How It Works” to find GED prep centers in select countries.