The Tests of General Educational Development (GED Tests) are developed by the American Council on Education to enable individuals who have not graduated from high school to demonstrate the attainment of developed abilities normally acquired through completion of a high school program of study. The first GED tests were developed in 1942 to allow military personnel returning from World War II to more easily pursue their educational, vocational and personal goals. More than 800,000 adults take the GED Tests each year. The latest series of tests were updated in 2014 with new format and content.
GED Test Breakdown
The GED Tests measure competency in four subject areas: Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Social Studies, and Science.
Reasoning Through Language Arts
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 – Calculators not allowed (five questions)
Part 2 – Calculators allowed
Students must submit their answers to the first five questions before moving on to the rest of the test. These parts are not timed separately.
The Social Studies test is 90 minutes long and testing is broken down into two sections:
Section 1 (65 minutes) tests all content
Section 2 (25 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test
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.
The cost of each subtest in Florida is $32, for a total of $128 for all four subtests. There is a discounted retesting fee in Florida of $12 per subtest for two retakes. If you retest a 4th time, the price goes back to $32 per subtest.
The GED® test will have a passing score of 150 for each subject. Therefore, students will need to reach a score of at least 150 on each subject and a total score of 600 or higher across all four subjects in order to receive the GED® test credential. Students may also earn an “Honors” score if they receive a score of 170 or higher on any subject. See below for the full score scale:
Below Passing: 100 – 149
Passing Score: 150 – 169
Honors Passing Score: 170 – 200
Same-day scoring is a feature of the 2014 GED® test; however, there are a few circumstances where your scores may be delayed.
- If you tested during the first few weeks of 2014. GED Testing Service is validating test scores during the first few weeks of 2014 to ensure scores are consistent and fair for all test-takers. During these first few weeks of the new test launch, tests are scored twice by two different methods. This dual scoring may result in your test scores being delayed one to two business days.
- If the testing center didn’t upload your test data immediately. While not common, sometimes a testing center may not upload your test data to the scoring system right away, which may cause a delay in receiving your test scores.
- If your test was flagged for manual scoring. After the first few weeks of 2014 there may be circumstances that require some tests to be manually scored. The occasional test that requires manual scoring may take up to three business days to be available to you on MyGED™. We expect that only 3% of tests will require manual scoring.
Effective January 1, 2014, Florida will transition its credentialing process from the issuance of paper transcripts and GED® diplomas to a paperless web-based credentialing system.
Effective February 1, 2014, Florida will no longer provide free verification of State of Florida High School diplomas earned by taking the GED® tests. A request for diploma or transcript must be made. For details on how to request a diploma or transcript, see below.
As with any new process, there will be changes and questions. For complete details, please visit the Official Florida Department of Education GED Website by CLICKING HERE.
If you would like to view more frequently asked questions about the 2014 GED Test, please CLICK HERE