Tests of General Educational Development (GED® Tests)

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What are the GED® Tests?

The GED® Tests are five testing modules in the areas of writing, social studies, science, reading, and mathematics. Each test requires general knowledge and thinking skills. The GED® Tests allow students who have not graduated from high school to earn a GED® credential, which is typically accepted as equal to a high school diploma.

Are GED® test accomomodations available for people who have learning disabilities?

Accommodations are available for people who have:

  • learning and other cognitive disabilities;
  • intellectual disabilities;
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD);
  • physical and chronic health disabilities; and/or
  • psychological and psychiatric disorders.

Accommodations for the current, paper-based test may include, but are not limited to:

  • Audio format
  • Braille format
  • Large-print format
  • Vision-enhancing technologies (e.g., CCTV)
  • Calculator for both math sections
  • Use of a talking calculator
  • Use of a scribe
  • Extended time/supervised extra breaks
  • Private room for testing

Important!!! Changes to the GED® Tests on January 2, 2014!

In January 2014, the GED® Tests will be computer-based (not web-based) instead of the paper/pencil format used now. There will be four modules instead of five: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies. The test is approximately seven hours long, and students can register online to take the tests. There will be same-day scoring on all four parts of the test. The new focus is the ability to apply what you know to critical thinking skills, not just knowing facts and basic skills.

Accommodations will still be available for students who are approved based on their disability documentation. Beginning in January 2104, students will apply for accommodations online.

Critical information: If you are taking the GED® Test before January 2014, you must complete all 5 test sections by the end of December 2013. When the test is changed to a computer-based format, those who have not completed or passed all five parts of the current test must start over with the new 2014 test. For more detailed information, please contact your local GED testing center or go to www.gedtestingservice.com. NOTE: All requests for accommodations for the current GED test must be completed and approved by Nov. 1, 2013.

There are two score levels for the new GED® Test:

  1. The GED® Score is for students at or higher
    than the minimum needed to show high school
    level skills and abilities;
  2. The GED® Score is for student at or higher than
    the minimum needed to show career and
    college readiness (CCR).

How much does it cost to take the GED® Test?

Some states currently do not charge any fee for taking the GED® Tests; beginning in January 2014, the base cost for each test in every state will be $30/test, for a total of $120 for the full battery of tests. Some states may charge additional fees as well, but classes are usually free.

Need help asking for GED® Tests accommodations?

If you have a disability documented by a qualified professional, ask your local GED® Testing Center for the form you need to request accommodations for your disability, or download the form you need at http://www.gedtestingservice.com/accommodations. Remember, beginning in January 2014, students must apply online for accommodations.

The GED® Testing Center will help you complete the appropriate form or you can email questions to the GED® Testing Service at accommodations@gedtestingservice.com. Each request is considered on an individual basis. If accommodations are approved, your local GED® examiner will arrange to give you the GED® tests with the approved accommodations.

If you think you may have a learning disability, but have never been diagnosed, ask your local adult education program to help you find the right resources and referrals to get an evaluation by a qualified professional.

Adult education programs also have information about testing accommodations that do not require documentation, such as earplugs, one test per day, priority seating, large-print test, straightedge, temporary adhesive with spatial directions, magnifying device, colored transparent overlays, clear transparent overlays, highlighter, and the use of graph paper for working math problems.

For more information about the GED®, call 1-800-62MYGED or visit the website at www.gedtestingservice.com. To find your local GED® testing center, go to http://www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/locate-a-testing-center and enter your zip code in the box.

Join the GED® group on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. The links to both social networks are on the GED website.

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  1. Laura Sanchez says:

    Hello, I’m a parent of 2 young adults with learning disabilities. I have no idea on how to help them or where to ask for help. One just graduated from high school but I is going to College but has fail all his college classes. And cannot find a part time job. Please if you can direct me to where I can get help.

  2. i am disabled and am looking to get my GED how do i go about it?

  3. David Nance says:

    the government needs to fix that people like me that has physical challenges and learning disabilities easy program software take at home free of charge , we can’t afford to take a coarse for GED at Schools and Colleges

  4. Who can I contact to get help cause I have a learning disability & really want my G.E.D

  5. Hi I have a question I do average on testing I failed the High School Sol in 2009. I lost my mother from cancer in 2013. I am studying for the ged since I have a learning disability my problem is trying to understand sometimes I can remember what happen and I really need a job by 2016. I need an advice. My grammar are not good at all. Richmond Public School system just don’t care for special needs. I walked across the stage in 2009 with certificate of completion. That mess my life up since then no one tell me about the ged my own mother had to tell me. What can I do? I am smart just need an advice.

  6. James Truscott says:

    Important Question. Why does GED require a discrepancy between IQ and Achievement scores for Intellectual Disability accommodations??? The definition of Intellectual Disability (as far as I am aware—See DSM 5) has less to do with Achievement per se, but rather reduced cognitive and adaptive functioning. A severe discrepancy between IQ and achievement scores should fall under specific learning disability request for accommodations. Please respond via my Email. Thank you!

  7. Melissa Callea says:

    I’m trying to look for to take a GED test and I’m trying to get a GED also and I’m trying to attend college for the first time and I need help with getting some tutoring sessions and I want to take a GED test and get a GED also and I want to get a tutor who can help me with some tutoring to get into college and I’m trying to schedule to take a GED test and get a GED also and I’m trying to get into college at MCC also and I’m thinking about going to MCC for 1 year and then I’m thinking about going to Nazareth College for 3 years.

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