GED Test FAQ

GED Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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What is the GED test?

  • The GED test is a ‘US High School equivalency diploma’ designed to make sure students have a similar ability to regular high school graduates.

If I pass the GED test, what are my options?

  • Phuket PALS has pathways to higher education Switzerland, the UK, Singapore, the USA and Thailand.

What’s On the GED Test?

  • The GED Test includes four subject tests:

     1. Reasoning Through Language Arts

     2. Mathematics

     3. Science

     4. Social Studies

  • Subjects covered in the GED test include US History, Geography, Economics, Civics and Government, Life Science, Earth Science, reading comprehension, language mechanics, essay writing and more.

How do I register for the GED test?

  • Registering for the GED test at www.ged.com is easy and students then take the GED test at an Authorized Pearson VUE testing center. These centers ensure the highest levels of test security with all test rooms fitted with security cameras, microphones and other security procedures.

How long is the GED test?

  • In total, the GED test takes over 8 hours to complete the four subjects. Science and Social Studies take 90 minutes, Maths 115 minutes and the Reasoning Through Language Arts 150 minutes.

When do I get my results?

  • After students take a subject test, they receive their score within a short time (usually an hour or so) to their email. This rapid service sets the GED test apart from other tests that leaving students waiting for a couple of weeks or more.

When can I take the test?

  • Students have control over when they take the test. For example, while registering, a student choosing when (date and time) he/she would like to write the test.

  • This means students can take the GED subject tests they feel confident with and postpone the others. Many learners study extra classes to sharpen their skills in weaker subjects.

Where can I take the GED test?

  • Pearson VUE Test Centers are located around the globe, giving students the chance to take the test in multiple cities.

  • This flexibility again helps students who have an alternative lifestyle.

How is the GED test scored?

  • Grading starts at 100 and finishes at 200.

  • To get a diploma ‘Pass’ students need a 145 average over the four subject areas

  • A 165 average denotes students are ‘College Ready’ (meaning their academic level is equivalent to US students entering college)

  • A 175 average shows students are ‘College Ready plus credit’ meaning in US college students with this grade would not only get into college, but would also receive some academic credits.

Who can take the GED Test?

  1. Anyone over the age of 16 can register for the GED test at www.ged.com and take it at an Authorized Pearson VUE testing center.
  2. Students aged between 16 and 18 need to get a parents or guardian to sign a permission document, scan and send back to GED Testing Services. All this is explained during the registration process.
  3. A diverse range of people take the GED test. For instance, homeschoolers and elite athletes.

Internationally, the GED test is becoming more popular as it offers students a chance to pursue other interests rather than school.

Elite athletes, for example, need flexibility to fit in studying with their rigorous training.

The GED test provides them the opportunity to get the best of both worlds, obtaining a US High School equivalency diploma while pursuing their sporting dreams.

Countless students travel to colleges in the USA and around the world with their GED diplomas.

The GED test opens doors and is an alternative to the traditional educational pathway that exists in most countries.

  • More students everyday say mainstream education is not for them.

The GED test provides a much needed alternative.

How can I prepare for the GED test?

  • Preparing for the GED Test is easy at Phuket PALS with our GED International program and also our selection of video courses.

  • Phuket PALS is an Authorized GED Testing Service Test Prep. partner and has helped thousands of young people graduate with a GED Diploma.

  • Phuket PALS provides both full time and part time courses for students.
  • Learners can get to grips with the subject matter taught by a trained professional in a group or private class. Once students are ready to take the GED test, they take it on floor three of the Phuket PALS’ building in our Authorized Pearson VUE Testing Center.

Is it difficult to register for the GED test?

  • Registering for the GED test is easy.

  • Second provide your personal information.

  • Third enter in which country you want to take the test.

  • Forth claim test accommodations (special needs such as guide dog or other arrangements linked to disabilities)

  • Once complete, find the ‘Schedule Now’ button on the dashboard and follow the stage to book the test at the time and location of your choice.

How much is the GED test?

  • In the USA to costs vary from state to state, and it’s best to check on www.ged.com for pricing.

  • Internationally, the GED test costs $75 USD per subject, making the total cost for the four subject areas $300.

Can I resit the GED Test?

  • If you fail the GED test, don’t worry. You have options.

  • The GED retake policies are as follows:

  • Students can retake the test three times in succession without a waiting period between the attempts. However, after the third failed attempt, students have to wait 60 days before they can register for the GED test again.

  • GED Testing Service allows students to take the test as many times as needed. On each occasion, students must pay the full test fees again.

What’s in the GED Social Studies Test?

The GED Social Studies test will measure your ability to apply social studies concepts to a range of question types.  

Examples include:

  • Drop down questions
  • Drag and drop
  • Multiple Choice
  • Select an area
  • Fill in the blank

The GED Social Studies test covers US HIstory, Civics and Government, Geography and Economics and students have 70 minutes to complete it without a break.

Students need to read closely and carefully to do well on the test which focuses on higher order thinking skills.

A 145 score from 200 is required to pass the exam.

Students can take the GED Social Studies test as many times as necessary, but like all subjects, once failed three times in a row, the student must wait 60 days before registering again.

What do I need to do on test day?

You need to arrive 15 minutes early at the Pearson VUE testing center and sign into the test, providing your national ID card or passport.

The Pearson VUE TA will assist you with the sign in process which takes about 5 minutes.

The TA will ask you to store all belonging in a locker, including your phone, backpack, watch etc. No electronic devices will be allowed into the testing room.

Finally, when it is time to test, the TA will give you 3 erasable noteboards and an erasable pen in case you need to make notes during the test.

How will I keep track of time without my watch or phone?

The software provides you with a countdown timer on your testing computer. Please note you can not minimize this during the last minutes of the test.

What’s in the GED Reasoning Through Language Arts Test?

The GED Reasoning Through Language Arts test covers the following: grammar and language, reading for meaning and identifying and creating arguments.

Students need to study the following in depth:

  • Main ideas and supporting details
  • Setting, characters, plots and events
  • Drawing conclusions
  • Data interpretations
  • Point of view and purpose
  • Transition words
  • Sentence structure
  • Punctuation

The GED Reasoning Through Language Arts test has 3 separate sections and last 150 minutes in total.

A 145 score from 200 is required to pass the exam.

Students can take the GED Reasoning Through Language Arts test as many times as necessary, but like all subjects, once failed three times in a row, the student must wait 60 days before registering again.

What’s in the GED Science test?

The Ged Science test measures students ability to do the following:

  • Apply scientific concepts
  • Apply mathematical reasoning
  • Read scientific writing for detail
  • Write about science topics
  • Interpret scientific data
  • Use probability in a scientific context
  • Evaluate conclusions with evidence
  • Use the Scientific Method to design investigations, reason from data and work with results

The test content areas are as follows:

  1. Physical Science 40%

Topics include

  • Topics include chemical reactions
  • Atoms and molecules
  • Energy and work
  • Motions and forces
  • Waves
  • Properties and states of matter
  • Electricity and magnetism

    2. Life Science 40%

Topics include

  • Evolution and natural selection
  • Cell structures and processes
  • Health and nutrition
  • Human body systems
  • Genetics and DNA
  • Heredity and reproduction
  • Organization of ecosystems

   3. Earth and Space Science 20%

Topics include

  • Plate tectonics
  • The solar system
  • Weather and climate
  • Geological processes and cycles
  • Renewable and nonrenewable natural resources  

Questions types in the GED Mathematics Test

You will see a number of different questions type in the test including the following:

  • Multiple choice
  • Fill in the blank
  • Drop down
  • Hot-spot questions
  • Drag and drop
  • Short answer x2 questions about 10 minutes each (you have to write a summary, design an experiment, explain how evidence supports a hypothesis/conclusion)

What’s in the GED Mathematics test?

The GED Mathematics test assesses your ability to solve mathematical problems and apply mathematics to different problems.

You will have 115 minutes over 2 parts

Quantitative Reasoning 45%

  • Problems with positive and negative whole numbers
  • Decimals and fractions
  • Rations, proportions and percentages
  • Geometric measurement
  • Data and statistics

Algebraic Reasoning  55%

  • Expressions
  • Polynomials,
  • Equations
  • Inequalities
  • Linear equations
  • Quadratic equations
  • Patterns and functions.

A variety of formats will assess evaluating, solving, and graphing skills in algebra.

What tools do I need for the GED Math Test?

Texas Instruments TI-30XS MultiView™ scientific calculator

  • You will be able to use the Texas Instruments TI-30XS MultiView™ scientific calculator by clicking on the calculator icon on the test screen.
  • For the first five questions on the test, you will not be able to use the calculator. You can take up to 12 of the 90 minutes with these questions.

Check all of your work carefully before you finish this section of the test. You will not be able to return to these problems once the online calculator is activated.

Formula Sheet

  • You will able able to access the formula sheet by clicking on the formula sheet icon on the test screen.

Students can take the GED Math test as many times as necessary, but like all subjects, once failed three times in a row, the student must wait 60 days before registering again.

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