Frequently Asked GED Questions

What is the GED?

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people earn their General Educational Development (GED) certificate. People like you. Maybe you had to leave high school to help take care of your family. Maybe you just didn't like school, or didn't think a high school diploma would mean anything–and now you know what it means not to have it.

It's not too late. The GED program provides an opportunity to earn your high school credential outside of school. It could be one of the best things you ever do for yourself.

In 1995, more than 829,900 people took the test. Over the years, the GED test has provided personal, professional and academic satisfaction for millions of adults who were unable to complete their formal high school studies.


What are the benefits of earning a GED?

  • Get a better job. The overwhelming majority of jobs in this country require a high school diploma. A GED certificate is accepted by most employers–just like a high school diploma.
  • Continue your education. A GED certificate is accepted at most colleges and universities across the country as proof that you have completed your high school education. Some colleges even have special scholarship programs for GED graduates.
  • Feel better about yourself. By earning their certificate, many GED graduates experience a remarkable improvement in how they feel about themselves and their lives. It makes a difference!
  • Increase your income. Incomes increase with your level of education. A better job usually means better pay.
  • Invest in the future. Educated parents have better educated children. Earning a GED certificate is not only an investment in yourself; it is also an investment in the future of your children.
Who can take the GED test?

The GED test is for adults who are 19 years old or older who have not graduated from high school.

If you are 16 to 18 years old and wish to take the GED test, you must provide written approval from the school district in which you live.


What do I need to do to take the GED test?

The Clark College Assessment Center offers the GED® test on computer, a brand new way to take today’s test and earn your GED® credential. The GED® test on computer offers test-takers a better testing experience, featuring:

Instant score results

24/7 registration and scheduling online

Finish one section, move on to the next at your own pace

The GED® test on computer is a convenient new way to test. Remember: The GED® test must be taken in person, at an official GED® testing center.

Adults who take the GED® test on computer are scoring higher and finishing faster. In fact, 88% of people passed the GED® test on computer compared to 71% for those who tested on paper.

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What subjects does the GED cover?

The GED Test is made up of four tests, each measuring the major skills considered to be the result of a high school education. The tests focus on general skills and important concepts rather than on the ability to recall specific facts in a given area. Many of the test questions measure the general abilities to evaluate, analyze, and draw conclusions.

  • Test 1: Language Arts, Writing. 50 questions and an essay
  • Test 2: Social Studies. 50 questions, 70 minutes.
  • Test 3: Science. 50 questions, 80 minutes.
  • Test 4: Mathematics Part I. 25 questions, calculator use allowed*, 45 minutes.
               Mathematics Part II. 25 questions, no calculator allowed, 45 minutes

*Will be provided


What scores must I earn to pass?

The GED test is graded in a special way: The score is not the same as percent correct. In order to pass the GED test your standard score on each test must be at least 410 and your average standard score for all five tests must be at least 450. If this average is not reached after the first attempt, examinees can retest up to three times each year in each subject. (see How Much Does It Cost?)


How much does it cost?

The GED tests costs $30.00 per exam.  Fee payment and registration for testing is available at GED Computer-Based Exam
The test fee is not refundable.

If any one test is under the standard score of 410, then only that test must be retaken. If the average of the five tests is not 450, then any test may be retaken to increase your average.


What if I need accommodations due to a disability?

Individuals with disabilities can request accommodations, such as extended time, sign language interpreting services, or a reader, for the GED test. Contact the Disability Support Services Office at Clark College with any questions and to request accommodation.


How do I prepare to take the GED test?

Study materials are available to help prepare for the GED test. These materials may be found at local bookstores, the library or on web sites.

Web sites containing practice questions and other test taking information are:

Clark College also offers GED Preparation courses.  To begin the process of test preparation visit our Admissions/Welcome Center located in the Penguin Union Building, Room 002 or online at