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Frequently Asked Questions about the New GED
What subjects will the New GED include? How long will each take?
- Reasoning through Language Arts – 150 minutes (includes a break)
- Mathematical Reasoning – 90 minutes
- Science – 90 minutes
- Social Studies – 90 minutes
- TOTAL – about 7 1/4 hours long
Will it be written or computerized?
- The new test is computerized, the essay will be typed. The test will be available in English and Spanish.
How important is keyboarding/typing speed?
- The time will be adequate for students to write their answers even with minimal keyboarding skills.
How is the new 2014 GED test scored? What is a passing score?
- The new test is on a new scale. Testers must reach a score of 150 on each module for a total of 600 to pass.
Do all the tests have to be completed at one time or can they be taken on different dates.
- No, Test-takers can take what they want, when they want, depending on the schedule of their local testing center.
Is Math still two parts, calculator allowed and non-calculator?
- Yes, math is still a two part test, calculator allowed and non-calculator allowed. The on screen calculator is part of the computer program.
How many times in a calendar year can a test be taken?
- Initially, each test will be limited to three times per year as before.
Will the price change?
- The new 2014 GED will cost $120.
Will the test still be multiple choice?
The new 2014 GED test will consist of seven different item types:
- Extended response
- Hot Spot
- Multiple choice
- Short answer