The GED Test (through December 2013)
The GED Test measures high school level skills and knowledge and offers you a powerful second chance at attending college or pursuing a career. It can be the best thing you do for yourself - and your family. The GED contains five subject tests that certify you have mastered high school level academic skills. They are:
GED Reading Test - (65 minutes) 40 multiple choice questions covering fiction, nonfiction and various literary texts.
GED Writing Test - (75 minutes) Part A covers grammar and sentence structure skills and Part B (45 minutes) is the Essay question.
GED Social Studies Test - (70 minutes) 50 questions covering U.S. and World History, Government & Civics, Geography and Economics.
GED Science Test - (80 minutes) 50 questions covering Life, Earth, Space and Physical science.
GED Math Test - (90 minutes) Parts A & B, 25 questions each. Part A, a calculator is supplied. Includes number sense, data analysis, statistics, probability, algebra, functions, measurement and geometry.
Passing Requirements: You need a score of at least 410 on each of the five tests, with an average score of 450 of all five tests. Your total score must be equal to or exceed 2250. A perfect score is 800 per test.
Age Requirement: A Massachusetts resident of age 18 may sit for the test. If you are a Massachusetts resident of age 16 or 17, you must request an "official letter of withdrawal" from your last school of attendance to take the GED.
Major Changes to the GED Test Coming in 2014
Beginning January 2014, the GED Test will contain significant content changes, will be more rigerous and will require a higher level of Math proficiency. It will also become computer-based, requiring test takers to take the examination on a computer necessitating proficient keyboarding skills. The new 2014 version will measure knowledge and core skills that are more closely aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Those who have not passed the current test by December 31, 2013 will have to start over when the 2014 version begins. The fee will be increasing from $65. to $120.
For more details, go to www.gedcbt.org
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