Adults who have not received their high school diploma are eligible to receive an equivalent credential by passing the GED® exam. The GED® exam tests basic subjects that students are taught in high schools across the United States. Although students who take the GED® exam are not awarded a diploma, they do receive an equivalency credential certification that is accepted by employers and higher learning institutions around the country.
The GED® exam consists of five sections- language arts (writing), language arts (reading), science, math, and social studies. Each section awards a score between 200 and 800. A score of 800 puts the test taker in the top 1 percentile of all high school students. To pass the GED® exam, a student must obtain a minimum score of 410 on each section and an overall average of 450 on the entire GED® exam.
More than 15 million people have received a GED® credential since the program began. One in every seven Americans with high school credentials received the GED® certificate, as well as one in 20 college students. Seventy percent of GED® certificate recipients complete at least the 10th grade before leaving school, and the same number are over the age of 19, with the average age being 24.
Students who are seeking their GED® certification can prepare for the test with prep classes offered at public libraries, literacy centers, workforce learning centers, adult education centers, high school libraries, community colleges, universities and other volunteer organizations. We provide you with a list of the nearest GED® classes to your home.
The GED® examination cannot be taken online and must be taken in paper and pencil format at an official testing center. We also offer a nationwide directory of GED® testing locations.