· Get a Better Job
· Continue Your Education
· Feel Better About Yourself
· Increase Your Income
· Invest in Your Children
What is a GED?
The GED Test has changed periodically to keep up with the knowledge and skills needed in our society. The last change was in January 2002. The changes reflect what a high school graduate in 2002 knows and can do. You must have a minimum of a 9th grade reading level. This means that you have the ability to read and understand newspapers, forms, and letters. You must also have the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide by hand. Developing strong reading and thinking skills are the keys to succeeding on these tests. Regular study is also needed to earn your GED.
The GED tests consist of five tests in the areas of :
Language Arts Writing Part I and Part II
LANGUAGE ARTS, WRITING: This is a two-part test.
Part II - You will write an essay of approximately 250 words on a topic familiar to most adults. The topic will be given to you at the start of the test and you will have 45 minutes to write your essay. The score for the Language Arts, Writing test is a combination of scores from Part I and The score from Part II.
SOCIAL STUDIES: In this test you will answer Economics, Geography, Civics and Government, and United States and World History questions. You will also interpret maps, charts, political cartoons, speeches, articles, and photographs. Questions will also come from the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and landmark Supreme Court decisions. The test has 50 multiple-choice questions and is 70 minutes long.
SCIENCE: In this test you will answer Life Science, Earth and Space Science and Physical Science questions. You will be asked questions requiring critical thinking and problem solving skills. The test has 50 multiple-choice questions and is 80 minutes long.
LANGUAGE ARTS, READING: In this test you will read stories, essays, plays, poetry, fiction, and possibly a review of a movie or television show. You may be asked to restate, summarize, or explain what you have read. You could also be asked to apply what you have read to another situation. The test has 40 multiple-choice questions and is 65 minutes long.
The questions in each of these tests require an individual to use general knowledge and problem solving skills. The content of the GED tests corresponds to what graduating high school seniors in the United States are expected to know.
Who is eligible to take the GED Tests?
Individuals are eligible to take the tests if they are not enrolled in and have not graduated from an accredited high school. They must have a current Kansas picture ID. They must be a Kansas resident. They must be 18 years of age. If they are 16 or 17 years of age, they must present a signed Compulsory School Attendance Disclaimer form before registering to test.
How shall I prepare for the GED tests?
The official GED Practice Test battery must be passed with a minimum score of 450 on each of the five tests with an overall average of 500.
Monthly enrollment sessions are provided at Allen Community College and its Outreach Centers. The sessions include:
Free instruction for the GED test is offered at Allen Community College and its Outreach Centers. The Official GED Practice Tests must be passed with a standard score of 450 or better before an individual can register to take the Official GED Test.
Instruction is free. There may be a nominal material fee. The cost of the battery of tests is $85 which is non-refundable and non-transferable.
How many tests can I take at one time?
When will I know my scores?
Where can I learn more?
Allen Community College -Iola Campus