Adult Education & Literacy

GED Frequently Asked Questions

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL GED TEST EXAMINEES

This notice is to let you know that a new series of GED Tests was implemented in January of 2014. This means, if you did not earn your GED certificate by December 31, 2013, any test you have successfully passed will be invalidated and you will have to start testing again with the new series of GED Tests in 2014.

GED FAQ's

For information about the GED testing process (e.g., eligibility, test preparation, taking the tests, accommodations, getting your test results) view the following:

Eligibility

Who is eligible to take the GED tests?

Anyone 16 years or older that is not enrolled in a high school may take the GED tests.

In Vermont, young adults 16 or 17 years of age must have parental permission to take the GED tests. The Vermont application form for testing is available here. This form must be signed by a parent/guardian and sent to Toni Marra, GED administrator, by fax at (802) 479-1829. You will recieve this same information when you register at ged.com.

Preparation For Testing

What can I do to prepare to take the GED tests?

Students are encouraged to take GED Ready: The Official Practice Test, which is offered at adult education and literacy centers throughout Vermont. Students are encouraged to use the results to assess their readiness to test and/or need for further study and tutoring assistance. GED Ready is also available online at ged.com.

Study and tutoring assistance is available without charge from adult education and literacy centers, as well as at some youth service programs, homeless shelters, community refugee programs and community correctional centers.

A variety of sample materials are available, including:

What is the cost of the GED test in Vermont?

The computer-based test is $30.00 for each subject area or $120.00 for the full battery.

Taking The Tests

How do I see the schedule and register for a test?

Students register online for the GED test on computer, using the MyGED portal at ged.com. Students are required to sign up for a MyGED account at ged.com and then are able to access the dashboard full of information about studying, test day, scheduling, scoring, and college and career opportunities. When you are eligible to schedule you can log-in 24/7 to ged.com, click "start scheduling" on your dashboard, complete the demographics questions, schedule one test or multiple tests at a time, and pay for your appointment.

Do I have to take all GED subject tests on the same day?

There are four GED subject tests that comprise the full battery. You do not have to take all subject tests on the same day. You may take one at a time or take two or three during one test day. Test-takers can test on what they want, when they want. The GED test will be about 7 hours long with the timing for each module as follows:


What do I have to get on a GED subject test in order to pass and how long to receive my scores?

The GED test will have a passing score of 150 for each subject. Therefore, you will need to reach a score of at least 150 on each subject and a total score of 600 or higher across the four subject tests in order to receive the GED test certificate. Students may also earn an "honors" score if they receive a score of 170 or higher on any subject. Full score scale:

Test scores will be returned within three hours of completion of each test module.

How many times can I take the tests over?

You are entitled to retake each test. You may take the same subject test over again three times in any one year. There is no set time between when you took one subject test and when you may take it over again; however it is always best to get additional study and preparation time to be better prepared. It is probably more productive to take GED Ready: The Official Practice Test. When you take a subject test over, you must pay an individual test fee each time.

What happens if I take a subject test over and score lower?

The higher score will count. Points will not be lost by retaking a subject test.

Special Accomodations

Are there special accommodations for people with special learning, physical or emotional needs to take the GED tests?

Yes. If you have a disability you can find more information on ged.com.

English is my second language. Does the GED come in other languages?

Yes. You may take the GED tests in Spanish, as well as English. If you choose a language, you will have to take all four subject tests in that language. These tests are not only in the language specified but are also designed to reflect the cultural differences of non-English speaking people. Practice tests are also available in Spanish. Please visit ged.com to make arrangements.

Test Results

After I take the tests, how long does it take to get the results?

Test scores will be returned within three hours of completion of each test module.

GED Credentials

Who accepts a GED credential?

Since 1942, when the GED was first developed, millions of people have taken and earned their GED credentials. The GED is recognized throughout the United States and Canada.

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Page Last Updated on July 24, 2014