The GED exam provides students with the opportunity to earn a certificate or diploma that is recognized as the equivalent of a high school diploma. The GED exam takes a total of 7 and a half hours to complete. There are 236 questions and one essay within four sections of the GED exam which include:
- Reasoning Through Language Arts
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Social Studies
The Reasoning Through Language Arts section of the GED exam is timed for 150. This section also includes one essay that will be timed for 45 minutes. The Reasoning Through Language Arts section measures your ability to:
- Read closely
- Write clearly
- Edit and understand written text
- Understand, interpret, and answer questions based on text
- Use evidence to support an argument
- Understanding of basic English skills at a level needed to succeed in college or a job
The Mathematical Reasoning section of the GED exam is timed for 115 minutes. This section measures your problem-solving abilities in Algebraic and Quantitative areas.
The Science section of the GED is timed for 90 minutes. The Science section of the GED exam measures your ability to:
- Read, understand, and interpret science-related texts
- Problem-solving abilities in science-related situations
The Science section also includes questions from these areas of science:
- Physical Science
- Life Science
- Earth and Space Science
The Social Studies section of the GED exam is also timed for 90 minutes. This section measures your ability to:
- Read, understand, and interpret social studies-related texts
- Problem-solving abilities in social studies-related situations
The Social Studies section will also contain questions over:
- Civics and Government
The passing score for each section of the GED exam is 145. In order to receive your GED credential, you must have a total score of 580.
How Much Does the GED Cost?
Each state determines its own fees and requirements regarding the GED exam. To find out more information about the fees and requirements, the test-taker should contact their local testing center.
Who Accepts the GED Exam?
Ninety-eight percent of college and universities in the United States recognize the GED credential. Test-takers should contact their school or university to find out if the school takes the GED credential.