GED

Registration

To register for the GED exam, go to GED.com.  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.

How much does it cost?

The cost of each GED® exam is $30 per section or $120 for the entire series of exams (with no re-takes).  You may pay for and take one subject at a time or multiple subjects if you choose.

What topics are on the test?

Each subject tests your skills and knowledge in different topics.

  • Math - Quantitative & algebraic problem solving (115 minutes)
  • Science - Life science, physical science, earth and space science (90 minutes)
  • Social Studies - Civics and government, U.S. history, economics, geography and the world (70 minutes)
  • Reasoning Through Language Arts - Ability to read closely, write clearly, and edit and understand written text (150 minutes)

What types of questions are on the test?

The GED® test is made up of the following types of questions:

  • Multiple choice
  • Drag and drop
  • Hot spot (select an area)
  • Fill in the blank
  • Short answer
  • Extended response

GED Ready® Practice Test

You can take GED Ready ® practice tests on your own, without being involved in GED classes.  Afterwards, you will know if you are likely to pass the real tests.  You will also receive a score report with specific instructions on what to study to pass the test.  The test questions look exactly like the real test, so you will be better prepared on test day.  The cost for each test is $6.00 per subject, and it must be taken on a computer.  GED Ready® practice tests are typically half the length of the actual tests.

Scores

After you test, go to GED.com and click on Scores to see how you did.  You must score a 145 on each module and 580 on the entire test battery (all four parts combined).

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

Both the GED® College Ready and the GED® College Ready + Credit scores show you have what it takes to succeed in college or on the job. Earn the GED® College Ready + Credit score and you could receive up to 10 college credits to apply to your course of study.

Most tests are scored the same day by an automated scoring computer program - sometimes within minutes. Keep in mind, however, that if a test has to be scored by a human, it could take up to three business days to receive a score.

What Happens if I Fail a Test?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes ($10) for each subject area taken.  
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply. 
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay $30 to test again, and then you will receive two more discounted retakes. 

++++ Wait time after a failed test ++++

A student can take his or her first three attempts per subject area without wait time restrictions. All subsequent attempts are subject to a 60-day waiting period between attempts. There is no maximum limit to the number of attempts per student within a year. The total number of attempts is dependent on when a student schedules his or her test.

What Identification Should I Bring?

Bring a government-issued identification card (ex. a driver’s license or passport). Make sure the document:

  1. Is valid - not expired
  2. Has your photo on it
  3. Has your signature on it
  4. Includes your date of birth
  5. Includes an expiration date

If you have questions about identification, contact: Donyale Jones, Chief GED Examiner, donyale.jones@drakestate.edu, 256.551.3116

GED Test Age Waivers

All documents and test scores can be turned in to the Testing Center in Building 700; Room 705

Test Candidate - 16 Years of Age

Step 1: Create an Account 

All test candidates should first create an account at GED.com

Step 2: Submit Documents

If the test candidate last attended a public school, submit the following documents to the GED Testing Office:

  • Notarized Certificate of Exemption
  • Notarized and signed Parental Permission Form OR

If the test candidate last attended a private school, church school, or private tutor program, submit the following document to the GED Testing Office:

  • Notarized and signed Parental Permission Form OR

If the test candidate has received a court mandate to complete his/her GED, submit the following documents to the GED Testing Office:

  • Official court documentation

Step 3: Submit Test Scores

All test candidates must submit either TABE or GED Ready® test scores to the Testing Center:

  • TABE test scores (in all three sub-skill tests) at a minimum of ASE Low, with a grade equivalent of 9.0 or higher OR
  • GED® Ready practice test scores in Math and RLA of “Likely to Pass”

Step 4: Provide Proof of Residency

All test candidates must submit Alabama driver’s license, learner’s permit, or ID card on test day.

Step 5: Age Restriction Removal

After the GED Testing Office has received all documentation and test scores, the test candidate’s age restriction will be removed.  The test candidate will then be able to register on GED.com.

Test Candidate - 17 Years of Age

Step 1: Create an Account 

All test candidates should first create an account at GED.com

Step 2: Submit Documents

If the test candidate last attended a public school, submit the following documents to the GED Testing Office:

  • Notarized Exit Interview Form
  • Notarized and signed Parental Permission Form

If the test candidate last attended a private school, church school, or private tutor program, submit the following document to the GED Testing Office:

  • Notarized and signed Parental Permission Form OR

If the test candidate has received a court mandate to complete his/her GED, submit the following documents to the GED Testing Office:

  • Official court documentation

Step 3: Provide Proof of Residency

All test candidates must submit Alabama driver’s license, learner’s permit, or ID card on test day.

Step 4: Age Waiver Removal

After the Testing Center has received all documentation, the test candidate’s age restriction will be removed from GED.com.  The test candidate will then be able to register on GED.com.

For more information, contact:

Donyale Jones, Chief GED Administrator
256.551.3116 or donyale.jones@drakestate.edu

I Took Part of the Old GED Test but I Didn’t Pass

Scores from older versions of the GED test cannot be mixed with the new GED 2014 computerized series test that is currently being used.  The new GED test is scored differently, and it is based on college and career readiness standards, unlike the old test.  

If you have taken part of the old test, but didn’t pass it on or before December 31, 2013, you will have to start the testing process all over again.

What Happens When I Pass the GED Test?

1.  Receive a Digital Transcript & Diploma

As soon as you pass the 2014 GED® test series, you will receive a secure, electronic PDF document delivered to your email that contains your transcript and diploma. You will have 60 days to download and save the documents. During the 60 days, you may download them seven times for free. Save the transcript to a computer, a flash drive, the cloud, etc.  The digital documents are OFFICIAL documents.  You can personally send them to colleges, training centers, employers, etc.

2.  Order a Printed Diploma

You should order your printed diploma using your GED.com account.  The free diploma link will only be available until it has been used; it can only be used one time.

  1. Go to GED.com and log in
  2. Navigate to My Scores
  3. Select the Order Duplicates link
  4. Select Diploma option
  5. Select the Printed Diploma – Free option
  6. Fill in who and what address you want the diploma to be mailed to
  7. Carefully follow the instructions presented during the ordering process

3.  FREE College Course after Passing the GED Exam!

A GED graduate is eligible to receive a scholarship for one college credit course of up to 3-credit hours at Drake State or any public 2-year college in Alabama. For Drake State students, this scholarship can be obtained through the Financial Aid office after the student passes the GED Exam.