General Educational Development (GED)




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The GED program is an excellent alternative to a traditional high school diploma. Nearly all colleges in the U.S and many universities outside of the U.S, accept applicants who have earned a GED diploma. It is also widely accepted by employers as an alternative to a high school diploma. Preparing time may vary from approximately 4 to 6 months depending on the students’ particular background knowledge.

The GED Test

The GED test comprises four subjects: Mathematical reasoning, Science, Social studies, and Reasoning through language arts. Each exam tests a student’s knowledge of topics covered in a typical high school classroom, from history and government to life science and algebra. Exams are taken on a computer in the official GED test centres across the globe. The exams have a variety of answer formats, such as multiple-choice, short answers, and fill-in-the-blank.

1. Mathematical Reasoning

  • Basic Maths
  • Geometry
  • Basic Algebra
  • Graphs and Functions

2. Science

  • Reading for Meaning in Science
  • Designing and Interpreting Science Experiments
  • Using Numbers and Graphics in Science

3. Social Studies

  • Reading for Meaning in Social Studies
  • Analysing Historical Events and Arguments in Social Studies
  • Using Numbers and Graphs in Social Studies

4. Reasoning Through Language Arts

  • Reading for Meaning
  • Identifying and Creating Arguments
  • Grammar and Language

GED Scoring System

Depending on the subject, the test may take at least 90 to 150 minutes. The overall total time for the four subjects is about 7 and a half hours, and you will get the required marks to pass the exam. One subject has a full score of 200 and the total score for 4 subjects is 800. However, to pass the GED exam, you need to get an average score of 145 or 150 in one subject. Some universities and colleges require a minimum GED score for admission.

A list of GED-certified universities around the world could be searched via, University Acceptance by just typing the country you want to know in Search. Admission may vary depending on the GED score earned at the time of actual application.

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