GED - Frequently Asked Questions
What are the GED Tests?
The tests of General Educational Development are directed by the American Council on Education. A HSE Certificate, the High School Equivalency Certificate, which documents that demonstration of high school level academic skills.
Who can take the GED Test?
The GED test is for adult residents of this state, at least 19 years of age, who have not graduated from high school, have not received a high school diploma or equivalency certificate and are not currently enrolled in a regular high school.
Candidates who are 16-18 years of age must provide written approval from the school district in which they reside or a notarized statement on the completion of a home-based instruction program in order to be eligible for GED testing. The GED Tests cannot be administered to persons under 16 years of age.
What do I need to take the GED Modules?
1.) Appropriate Photo Identification
2.) Approved Age Documentation form, if candidate is 16-18 years of age
3.) An Appointment set at www.ged.com
Official Non-Expired Government-Issued Photo Identification is required each at each testing appointment. Approved forms of identification must be current/unexpired:
State-issued driver's license
United States Armed Forces ID
United States passport
Unexpired foreign passport
Contact the Washington State Department of Licensing for information on obtaining a WA state ID. Here is a link to their website with DOL locations and document requirements: WA DOL - ID cards
Candidates aged 16-18 must submit the appropriate form to the Testing Center in order to be able to schedule a testing appointment. For candidates who attended high school, the "Request for Approval to Test for HSE Certificate" form is issued from the last high school attended or the school district in which the candidate now resides. For home-schooled candidates, the SBCTC or the Assessment & Testing Center has the form that must be notarized. It is a statement that the candidate has completed a program of home-based instruction. Once the Testing Center has noted that the Age Documentation form has been submitted in the GED Manager, then the candidate is cleared to schedule testing online.
How do I prepare to take the GED test?
GED preparation courses are offered through the Olympic College Adult Education program. Not sure if you are ready to start testing? Olympic College Shelton courses in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and GED Preparation are non-credit courses intended for those who want to develop the reading, writing, and math skills needed to pass the GED test or to begin college level work or training.
Students between the ages of 16 and 19 years must be formally released from their local high school before enrolling in any Olympic College Adult Education program.
All new students must attend an orientation session before registering for classes.
Call 360-432-5400 to register for an orientation.
Please call 360-432-5400 for details.
The GED website, www.ged.com also offers individual preparation programs and materials for purchase. www.gedtestingservice.com/gedready accurately predicts whether students will pass; 95% of students scoring "likely to pass" on GED Ready™ go on to pass the official test. Computer-Based Test Tutorial prepares student for the technology behind the test. On-screen calculator demonstration video shows students how to use the test's built-in calculator.
What are the Time Limits for the four GED Modules?
Reasoning through Language Arts - 150 minutes (including a 10 minute break)
Mathematical Reasoning - 115 minutes
Social Studies - 90 minutes
Science - 90 minutes
If more than one module is scheduled for a single appointment, a 10 minute break is offered between the modules.
What scores must I earn to pass?
The 2014 test will be on a new scale of 100 to 200 points with a Passing Standard of 150 points on each module. Candidates will need to reach a score of at least 150 on each of the four content modules in order to receive a high school equivalency credential. There is no longer compensation between the test modules to offset lower scores on one module with higher scores on another module as there was on the 2002 Series GED Test. The cut score for GED with Honors, representing performance consistent with readiness for career and college, has been set at 170.
When are my scores available?
Results of Computer-Based GED Tests are available immediately (exception for Reasoning through Language Arts). Candidates will login to their MyGED™ Account at www.ged.com to find their scores.
What if I do not pass a modules?
If any one test is under the minimum passing score, then that module may be retaken. The system will have 3 forms of the test and will make sure that the student does not take the same form twice. There is a retake fee charged per module. Students can re-test on the same version after 60 days from the last test. See www.ged.com for more information on Retake Requirements.
What if I need special accommodations because of a disability?
If you have a disability which might prevent you from taking the GED test in the usual way, please check this box when registering online at www.ged.com so that special arrangements can be made. Do this in advance to allow time to process the necessary paperwork. The GEDTS will examine documentation and decide on approval. The GED Testing Service will notify the candidate of its' decision and work with the candidate to schedule testing sessions. Please refer all questions regarding Accommodated GED Testing to GEDTS.
How do I get a copy of a GED Transcript that I earned prior to 2014?
A person who has completed the GED test battery prior to 2014 and needs a duplicate transcript or certificate must go to https://gedverify.org to request your Transcript. This office can no longer access GED records prior to 2014 in order to print official or unofficial reports/transcripts.
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