GED® FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 
What are the GED® Tests?
Who is eligible to take the GED® Tests?
What are the special conditions under which a 16 or 17 year old may take the GED Test?
What documentation is required to take the GED® Tests?
Where are the GED® Tests offered?
What are the passing scores for a Kansas State high school diploma and how can they be interpreted?
Can GED® candidates retest if they don't pass the first time? 
How long are GED® test scores valid?
What is the official GED® Practice Test?
Is there a fee for taking the GED® Tests?
Are testing accommodations available for candidates with special needs?
Can I take the GED® test in Spanish?
Can GED® scores be used for college admission?
Can GED® test scores be upgraded by retesting after a diploma has been awarded?


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What are the GED Tests?
The GED® Tests measure the major academic skills and concepts associated with four years of regular high school instruction. They provide an opportunity for persons who have not graduated from high school to earn a high school equivalency diploma.

The GED® Tests measure competency in four subject areas: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies.

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 Who is eligible to take the GED® Tests?
Adults 18 years of age or older may test without any special conditions. Special conditions apply to persons who are at least 16 years of age but have not reached their 18th birthday (see below for more information on special conditions available for eligible 16 and 17 year olds).

Persons who are not enrolled in an accredited high school.

Those who have not already graduated from an accredited high school nor received a GED high school equivalency diploma.

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What are the special conditions under which a 16 or 17 year old may take the GED Test?
Kansas law states that persons between the ages of 16 and 17 may take the GED® Tests only under the following conditions:

A. Present a completed Compulsory School Attendance Disclaimer and/or a completed Compulsory Attendance Exemption form from the school district in which the candidate currently resides, with a parent or guardian's signature,

OR

B. Present a completed Compulsory School Attendance Disclaimer and/or a completed Compulsory Attendance Exemption form from the school district in which the candidate currently resides, AND documentation regarding one of the following:

1. marriage certificate
2. court order
3. legal documentation of emancipation
4. adjudication and still under court authority

OR

C. For those home schooled, present a graduation certificate or a letter of disenrollment from the home school signed by the parent or person in charge of the home school.

In order to take the GED® exam, 16 and 17 year-old candidates must present a Compulsory School Attendance Disclaimer and/or a Compulsory Attendance Exemption Form accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian’s signature. The completed Compulsory School Attendance Disclaimer and/or the Compulsory Attendance Exemption Form must be from the school district in which the candidate currently resides. Click here for more information.

The test candidate will create a MyGEDTM portal account at www.GED.com prior to submitting the form. A copy of this form must then be submitted to the State GED Administrator: LLanphear@ksbor.org or faxed to 888-975-8313. Once this form is accepted, the hold on the account will be removed. When the test candidate is ready to test, testing can schedule by logging back into the MyGEDTM portal account at www.GED.com.

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 What documentation is required to take the GED® Tests?
GED® candidates must provide current photo identification which includes name, address, date of birth, and signature. Acceptable current photo identification includes:

• Kansas Driver's License
• Photo ID cards issued by Kansas Division of Motor Vehicles
• Passport
• Military ID
• Other forms of national or foreign government ID

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 Where are the GED® Tests offered?
GED® Testing is not conducted or available through correspondence or the Internet. GED® Testing is a computer based exam,  conducted under secure conditions exclusively at authorized Pearson VUE Testing Centers (PVTC). Authorized PVTCs are approved by the National GED Testing Service and  the State GED Administrator. PVTCs are staffed by approved Pearson VUE Test Administrators.  To register for the GED® exam through a PVTC, go to www.GED.com and create a user account.

To locate an authorized PVTC create a MyGEDTM portal account at www.GED.com., log in and click the “Find a Test Center” tab.

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 What are the passing scores for a Kansas State high school diploma and how can they be interpreted?
The GED® Diploma is awarded when a candidate receives a score of at least 150 on each of the four tests with a total score of 600 or higher.

• The score scales for the GED® Tests are referenced to the performance of graduating high school seniors on the GED® Tests.
• To ensure that scores reflect the performance of contemporary high school seniors, the tests are periodically checked.
• Only an estimated 60% of high school graduates would pass the GED® Tests at the minimum scores of 150 on each test and a total of 600 points or higher, according to the 2013 Norming Study.

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Can GED® candidates retest if they don't pass the first time?
Yes. Retests are administered using a form of the GED® Test(s) different from the form(s) the candidate has already taken. Candidates that did not receive the minimum passing score of 150 points may retest up to two additional times in a tweleve month period in order to bring the score up to the minimum.

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How long are GED® test scores valid?
In Kansas, GED®  test scores are valid for two years during the testing process.
Once a test-taker passes the GED®  exam the test scores become permanent and the test-taker receives a Kansas State High School Diploma based on the passing scores at the time of issuance.

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 What is the official GED®  Practice Test?
The official GED® Practice Test (GED ReadyTM) is a shortened form of the GED® Tests designed to indicate whether or not a person is ready to take and pass the GED Tests. It is a good predictor of success. For information about taking the GED ReadyTM, create a user profile (MyGEDTM portal account) on www.GED.com, and click on the “Prepare” tab.

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Is there a fee for taking the GED® Tests?
Most Kansas GED® testing centers are supported primarily through fees charged for testing. As of July 1, 2011, the fees are as follows:

$6.00 per module ($24.00/full battery) Fee to take the GED ReadyTM online through creating a user profie (MyGEDTM portal account) at www.GED.com (available under the "Prepare" tab).
$4.00 per module ($16.00/full battery)

Fee to take the GED ReadyTM  through participating Adult Education Centers (AEC). Some AEC’s waive the fee for their students. For more information, contact a center near you: www.kansasregents.org/GED_preparation

$120.00 ($30 per module)

Fee to take the official GED® exam on computer at an authorized Pearson VUE testing center (to locate a testing center near you: www.GED.com)

$10.00 per module  Fee to retake any official GED® module (i.e. subject area); up to two re-takes per module within 12 months.
$30 per module Fee to retake any official GED® module after 12 months from the original test date.


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Are testing accommodations available for candidates with special needs?
GED® test candidates with learning or physical disabilities may request modifications of standard testing conditions based on documented special needs  by selecting the check box indicating a need for testing accommodations when creating their user profile (MyGEDTM portal account) at www.GED.com or by downloading and submitting forms available at:

http://www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/accommodations-for-disability 

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Can I take the GED Test in Spanish? 
Yes, the GED® exam is available in Spanish at all authorized Pearson VUE testing centers by selecting the Spanish language format when scheduling each test module. The default language is English; therefore, it is very important to ensure Spanish is selected for each module.

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Can GED® scores be used for college admission?
Nearly all colleges and universities in the U.S. accept the GED® diploma as a high school equivalency credential. GED® Tests cannot be used as a substitute for placement or admission tests.

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Can GED® test scores be upgraded by retesting after a diploma has been awarded?
Passing GED® scores for candidates that have qualified for a GED® diploma can be upgraded ONLY if an employer, a college or a university requires higher scores. To upgrade scores, a candidate must have a letter from the college or workplace, on its letterhead, identifying the minimum average score required for employment or enrollment. The letter must be submitted to the State GED Administrator for approval. The candidate MUST receive approval BEFORE the tests are retaken.

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