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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
  • Drag-and-drop
  • Drop-down
  • Fill-in-the-blank
  • Hot Spot
  • Multiple choice
  • Short answer