About the GED test

The General Educational Development (GED) test allows adults to demonstrate that they have the knowledge and skills equivalent to a high school diploma. Having a GED provides many opportunities, especially in the job market, for persons who did not graduate from high school. It also is a first step toward a college degree.

Computer-based GED begins in 2014

Effective Jan. 2, 2014, there is a new, computer-based, version of the General Educational Development test.

Old and the new test modules cannot be combined. If you passed some of the GED tests prior to 2014 but did not complete the whole test, you will have to re-take the parts you’ve already passed.

Preparing and registering for the test have changed too:

About the test

The 2014 GED test is a four-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers. The four subjects are Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts. Tests are available in English and Spanish.

The entire GED test (all four subjects) takes about 8 hours to complete. You can expect these types of questions on the tests:

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