General Educational Development (GED) Testing
What is a GED?
You may hear other meanings for GED such as Graduate Equivalency Degree or General Educational Diploma. However, GED traditionally stands for General Educational Development Test.
After graduating from high school, you will receive a diploma. A diploma is a document stating you’ve completed all the required courses to graduate. Some students in high school are close to finishing and getting a diploma, but don’t quite get there. In those cases, students can take a series of tests that will indicate whether or not they have a high school level of education. This is known as the GED test.
Want to learn more about earning your GED credential? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Earning your GED is worthwhile, and we’re here to help you discover more about what a GED is, the process of earning one, and how it will benefit your life further down the road.
About the GED
The GED test has four main areas of testing:
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Reasoning Through Language Arts
- Social Studies
You will take four separate tests that together make up the entire GED exam. Each test takes at least one hour, and you must get a certain score in order to pass. You can schedule one test at a time or all four at once.
What a GED Can Do for You
Passing the GED exam will earn you a State of Alaska High School Equivalency Diploma and recognition that you have a high school level of education.
If you’re hoping to get a better job or higher degree, the GED is recognized and accepted by nearly all U.S. colleges, employers, and universities. Passing the GED exam can give you better opportunities for work in the future. And don’t think that you’re alone in preparing for or wanting to earn your GED: there are 20 million GED graduates around the world.
Who Can Take the GED Exam?
In order to take the GED test in the State of Alaska, you can’t be enrolled in high school, have received a high school equivalency certification in another state, and must be at least 18 years old.
Students who are 16 or 17 year olds may test by presenting a withdrawal slip from the last school attended in Alaska and have legal emancipation documentation or signed and notarized permission from a parent or guardian. Alaska Adult Education Regional Programs must determine 16 or 17 year olds eligible for testing.
If you meet these qualifications, you are eligible to take the test.
How Do You Take the GED Exam?
The GED exams are administered in-person at an official GED testing center. Alaska has multiple certified locations where you can go and take your tests. You will need to schedule a testing time online at GED.com before you can take the exam. In preparation for your tests, you can take local GED classes, live online classes, and see practice tests, questions, and test previews.
GED Exams are now being offered online. With the Online Proctored GED Test, students can take the GED test from home while securely monitored by an online proctor. To learn more about how online testing works and the eligibility requirements, click here.
What do I do if I do not Pass a Test?
If a student fails any subject-area of the in-person GED test, it is possible to take it again without a waiting periods. The examinee may take each content up to three times. After the third attempt, there is a mandatory 60-day wait time, after their last attempt, before they can test again. Each subsequent retest is preceded by an additional 60-day waiting period.
Currently there are no retake options for Online Proctored GED Test. If a student fails any subject-area, they must retake that subject at an in-person testing facility.
Earn Your Alternative High School Diploma Today
Earning your Alternative High School Diploma is possible—more than 20 million people have received theirs and you can too! The doors and opportunities it will open for you will be life-changing. For more information about preparing to for the GED test click here or contact a Regional Adult Education Program.