General Education Development (GED) Tests


Are there requirements for students to participate?
GED Testing Service does not have any participation requirements. Normal state policies and requirements apply.

Do students have to pay for all of the tests at once?
GED Testing Service has no requirement that test-takers pay for all tests at one time. One of the advantages of the 2014 GED® program is the flexibility that it allows test-takers to register and take only the subjects for which they are prepared, instead of testing on a schedule that is built primarily for the convenience of the test administrator.

Can students still take tests separately on different dates?
Yes, this is one of the key advantages of computer-based registration, scheduling, and testing, so that test-takers can take the test according to their preferred schedule, rather than having to adhere to a paper-based testing schedule set by an examiner primarily for the convenience of the examiner doing a group administration.

Will requirements be the same? Taking only three times in a calendar year… etc.
GED Testing Service allows individuals to take the test three times without any waiting period. After the third attempt, test-takers must wait 60-days after their last attempt before they can test again. This will result in test-takers having up to eight opportunities to test in a year, should they require that many attempts.

If a student fails any one section of the test, he/she will have to take the whole battery again, even the average of all sections is above the passing score? True or false?
False. If a test-taker obtains a passing score on one of the modules, he or she is finished with that module and need not take it again, even if other modules have not been passed and need to be retaken. Of course, if someone wishes to obtain a higher score and obtain feedback on his or her skills and competencies, there is nothing that prevents retaking the test, but that is certainly not required.

How do my students schedule their discounted retakes?
They can use their discounted retakes by simply logging into their MyGED™ account and scheduling their GED® test the same way they scheduled their initial test. When students start the scheduling process, they’ll see the non-discounted test price. Once they select their test, test time, and testing center, they’ll be taken to the checkout screen where their price will automatically reflect the discount. Students can also contact the call center and schedule directly over the phone.

Students can take sections of the new GED® test in any order they want to. Do they pay as they go?
Yes, one of the advantages of the computer-based registration and scheduling system is that students can register, schedule, and pay for only those parts of the test that they are ready to take.

Will there a timeframe for a student to complete all four test? Will this be set by each state or by the GED Testing Service?
The GED Testing Service does not have policies stipulating a minimum timeframe within which all four GED® test modules must be completed. However, certain jurisdictions do have policies around this and those jurisdictional policies would need to be complied with if they apply to a test-taker’s circumstances.

Can a student take the test one part at a time or do they need to take the test all at the same time?
Students may take any or all parts of the test at their option and convenience, limited only by the availability of testing appointments on the date and time of their choosing.

Are there a number of days in which a student needs to complete all four tests?
GED Testing Service does not make any restrictions on that.

Does the test have to be taken on a Pearson VUE computer?
No, they just need to meet basic security and technology requirements.

Unscheduled break policy
Students are not allowed to take unscheduled breaks. If this occurs, the student will not be allow to re-enter the testing room after the break to continue that exam module. However, if the student has additional exam modules scheduled after the one where the unscheduled break occurred, allow the student to take those exam modules.

****What is the breakdown of the four tests by time and content?

The GED® test will be about 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 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
  • Student break (10 minutes)
  • Section 3 (60 minutes*) tests all content

*The time allotted for sections 1 and 3 may vary slightly, but the total test time will always be 150 minutes.

The Mathematical Reasoning test is 115 minutes long and is one single section.

  • Part 1 – (first 5 test questions) calculator not allowed
  • Part 2 – (remaining 41 test questions) calculator allowed (TI-30XS)

Students must submit their answers before moving on to the rest of the test. These parts are not timed separately.

The Social Studies test is 70 minutes long and is one single section.  Hand-held calculator is allowed (TI-30XS)

The Science test is 90 minutes long and is one single section. There are two Short Answer questions included on the test, but they are not timed separately. Students are expected to manage their time and spend about 10 minutes on each of the Short Answer questions.  Hand-held calculator is allowed (TI-30XS)


The GED® test will have a passing score of 145 for each subject. Therefore, students will need to reach a score of at least 145 on each subject and a total score of 580 or higher across all four subjects in order to receive the GED® test credential. Students may also earn the GED® College Ready score or GED® College Ready + Credit score if they earn the required score on a test subject. See below for the full score scale:

  • Below Passing: 100 – 144
  • Passing Score: 145 – 164
  • GED® College Ready: 165 – 174
  • GED® College Ready + Credit: 175 – 200
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