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What is a GED?

GED stands for General Educational Development test. It is an alternative certification you can receive if you left high school before graduating. 

The GED test has four subjects: 

  • Mathematical reasoning
  • Reasoning through language arts
  • Social studies
  • Science

These four subjects are broken up into four separate tests. You do not need to take all four tests at once, you can take them at your own pace. 

There is a time limit for each test, although individuals with a documented disability may be able to get extended time. Learn more about each test here.

How can I get a GED?

You will need to take the test by registering at the official GED website: https://ged.com/. You can take the test at a registered testing center, or, in some states, online in your home. 

Find the in-person testing center closest to you by using this GED test center locator.

To see if your state allows you to take the test online by visiting the pricing and state rules page of GED.com.

What does the GED cost? 

GED costs vary from state to state. You can check the pricing for each subject test here. Please note that this price is for each subject, not the test overall. 

Can I get accommodations for the GED?

To receive accommodations, individuals will need documentation of a learning disability, ADHD, or other health condition. Learn more about documentation here.

Requests for accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis, as no one accommodation will work for everyone. You can apply for accommodations on the GED website by creating an account and following these directions. 

You should apply for accommodations as far in advance as possible. Processing accommodations requests typically takes about 30 days if your documentation is complete. 

Accommodation approvals are automatically valid for one year after the date of your approval. After that, you can apply for an extension. 

If your request for accommodations is denied, you appeal here.

What accommodations are offered?

Accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed.

Some accommodations may include: 

  • Extended exam time (standard time +25%)
  • Extra breaks
  • A separate testing room 

What if I’m Concerned About Passing the GED?

You can get official study materials on the GED website, and can find an in-person GED test prep center on their official website. 

You can take an official online GED practice test for $6.99 per subject. The practice test is half the length of the real test, and can help you decide when you want to take the test.