• GED - Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I register for and schedule my GED test?
    You need create an account on www.GED.com to schedule a time to take the GED® test.

    How much does the test cost?
    The total test costs $128 dollars in Florida. Each subject costs $32 dollars for the first test and retests cost $12 dollars. You can always pay as you go for one subject at a time.

    Do I have to take all four content areas at once?
    No. You can choose to take one content area at a time, two at a time, or any combination that best suits your needs. 
     
    Where do I go to take the GED® test?
    There are two test centers available for GED testing in Pinellas County. You must take the GED® test at an Official GED® Testing Center. Find a local center near you. Make sure you know where the testing center is and arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled GED® test appointment. You will need to check in when you get there. If you arrive more than 15 minutes after your scheduled appointment time, you may not be admitted and may lose your test fee.
     
    PTC St.Petersburg 
    901 34th Street S
    St.Petersburg, Florida 33711-2209
    United States
    Phone: 727-592-2036 
     
    PTC Clearwater
    6100 154th Ave N.
    BLDG 17
    Clearwater, Florida 33760
    United States
    Phone: 727-538-7167 
     
     
    What accommodations are available for people with disabilities?
     
    If you would like to request modified testing conditions and have not done so in registration, view your account profile to make a request.
     
    How do I schedule an accommodated exam?
    If you are approved for accommodations, you will receive an approval email along with instructions for scheduling by phone. You cannot schedule for an accommodated test online. 
     

     

    Taking the Test

     
    What can I bring into the testing room?
    You will be given three erasable note boards and marker to take into the testing room.

    Are there any other rules about the testing room?
    You will not be allowed to eat, drink, smoke, or use your cell phone during your test. Family members, friends or anyone accompanying you to testing will not be allowed to stay in the testing center during your test.

    Can I take a break during the test?
    When you schedule more than one subject in the same day, you will automatically be given a ten minute break in between tests. Unscheduled breaks are not allowed and your test will not be scored if you leave the room during an unscheduled break. During scheduled breaks and lunches, you may access your personal items. If you need to leave the room, have questions about the test, or are experiencing problems with your computer, raise your hand and notify the test administrator.

    Is there a cell phone policy?
    Cell phones are strictly forbidden in the testing room. If you are found with a cell phone during testing, you will be escorted out and your test will not be scored. You will also need to reschedule and pay for another test.

    What should I bring on the day of the test?
    You will need to check with your state for specific requirements in terms of what to bring to the testing center. You will be given an erasable note-board and can use a handheld TI-30XS Multiview Scientific Calculator on the Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies test subjects.
    As mentioned, cell phones are strictly forbidden in the testing room.

    Is there a place to keep my belongings?
    Other personal items (such as handbags, backpacks, wallets, keys, watches etc.) are not allowed in the testing room. Storage is available, but limited.

    Test Sections

    REASONING THROUGH LANGUAGE ARTS (RLA):
    What type of questions should I expect on the Reasoning Through Language Arts Test?
    The RLA test focuses on three grouping of skills:

    • The ability to read closely
    • The ability to write clearly
    • The ability to edit and understand the use of standard written English in context

    How is the GED® Reasoning Through Language Arts test graded?
    Understand how the GED® Reasoning Through Language Arts test is graded with the RLA Score Sheet.
    What is the passing score for the RLA?
    The passing score for the GED® Reasoning through Language Arts Test is the same as the other three parts. You will need to have a passing score of 150 or higher on the RLA.
    How do GED® essay readers score papers? What do they consider the most important elements of good writing?
    To further understand how your essay will be scored, view the Extended Response Score Sheet

    How long does my essay have to be now?
    There is neither a minimum or maximum length for the essay. However, we strongly encourage you to write enough to fully respond to the prompts they have been given.

    MATHEMATICAL REASONING:
    What type of questions should I expect?
    The GED® Mathematical Reasoning Test focuses on two major content domains:

    • Quantitative problem solving (45%)
    • Algebraic problem solving (55%)

    The different item types used in the test include:

    • Multiple choice
    • Drag-and-drop
    • Hot spot
    • Fill-in-the-blank

    How is the GED® Mathematical Reasoning Test scored?
    The GED® Mathematical Reasoning Test is scored using an automated scoring engine, as are the rest of the parts.
    Is there a formula sheet provided on the day of the test?
    Yes. View the formula sheet now.
    Can I use a calculator? What kind of calculator can I use?
    The GED Testing Service® uses an on-screen calculator for the GED® Mathematical Reasoning Test on computer. To prepare yourself, check out our tutorial on the on-screen calculator.
    You can use a handheld TI-30XS Multiview Scientific Calculator on the Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies test subjects. If you want to use this handheld calculator, you must bring it on test day. Testing centers will not have calculators for you to use.
    You may be required to store your calculator in your locker or other secure storage. Your testing center will advise you when you can retrieve your calculator for approved test sections.
    On the Mathematical Reasoning test, what is the content of the five questions that don’t allow the use of a calculator?
    These five test questions test foundational arithmetic skills including the four basic operations (addition, subtractions, multiplication, and division), exponents, roots, and basic number sense.
     

    SCIENCE:
    What type of questions should I expect?
    The Science Test focuses on three major content domains:

    • Life Science (40%)
    • Physical Science (40%)
    • Earth and Space Science (20%)

    The content topics focus on science that reflects both what is taught in many high-school –level science courses and that which is most relevant and useful. There are several different item types used in the test, including:

    • Multiple Choice
    • Short Answer
    • Drag-and-drop
    • Hot spot
    • Fill-in-the-blank

    Can I use a calculator?

    You can use the on-screen calculator on portions of the Science test or a handheld TI-30XS Multiview Scientific Calculator. If you want to use this handheld calculator, you must bring it on test day. Testing centers will not have calculators for you to use. The calculator will appear within the system for use on approved questions.
    You may be required to store your calculator in your locker or other secure storage. Your testing center will advise you when you can retrieve your calculator for approved test sections.

    SOCIAL STUDIES:
    What type of questions should I expect?
    The GED® Social Studies Test focuses on the fundamentals of social studies reasoning, striking a balance of deeper conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and the ability to apply these fundamentals in realistic situations. In order to stay true to this intention, each item on the Social Studies Test is aligned to one social studies practice and one content topic. 
    The social studies practices can be described as skills that are key to scientific reasoning in both textual and quantitative contexts. The practices come from important skills specified in the Career and College Ready State Standards and other career-and college-readiness standards, as well as in National Standards for History.
    The Social Studies Test will also focus on four major content domains:

    • Civics and government (50%)
    • United States history (20%)
    • Economics (15%)
    • Geography and the world (15%)

    The Social Studies content topics, which are drawn from these four domains, provide context for measuring a student’s ability to apply the reasoning skills described in the practices. The content topics focus on key concepts that reflect both that which is taught in many high-school-level social sciences courses and that which is most relevant and useful for an adult population.
    To measure this content at a range of levels of complexity, several different item types are used in the test, including multiple choice, drag-and-drop, hot spot, and fill-in-the-blank. Additionally, the Social Studies Test features one extended response task that requires test-takers to analyze arguments and use evidence found within brief excerpts from primary and secondary source texts.

    Can I use a calculator?

    You can use the on-screen calculator on portions of the Social Studies test or a handheld TI-30XS Multiview Scientific Calculator. If you want to use this handheld calculator, you must bring it on test day. Testing centers will not have calculators for you to use. The calculator will appear within the system for use on approved questions.
    You may be required to store your calculator in your locker or other secure storage. Your testing center will advise you when you can retrieve your calculator for approved test sections. 

    Scores and Passing the Test 


    What does it mean to “pass” the GED® test?
    The GED® test will have a passing score of 150 on each test part. Therefore, you will need to reach a score of at least 150 on each part and a total score of 600 across the four-part battery in order to receive your GED® test credential. You may also earn an “Honors” score if you receive a score of 170 on a test part.
    • Below Passing: 100 – 149
    • Passing Score: 150 – 169
    • Honors Passing Score: 170 – 200


    I passed all of my tests. What’s next?
    After passing all four parts, you will be notified on your Scores page that you have passed the GED® test. Depending on where you live, you may need to contact your local or state office for the transcript and diploma. If you live in one of the states using GED CredentialingTM, you will automatically receive an electronic, secure, diploma and Smart Transcript. This is delivered immediately to your email address after your test is scored. You can view, print and request a professionally-printed diploma free of charge. You can also email the electronic transcript to an employer or college of your choice. These features are all available through GED Credentialing TM.

    How do I request a transcript?
    Your transcript process varies based on where you passed the test. Visit our request a transcript page to learn about the process for the location where you passed the test. 

    College and Career


    Will passing the GED® tests get me into college?
    Roughly 98 percent of U.S. colleges and universities accept GED® graduates in the same manner as high school graduates. Be sure to check with the institution in which you are applying to see if they accept GED® graduates. After earning your GED® credential, sign up to take the ACT and/or the SAT. The colleges to which you apply may also require you to take placement or achievement tests so that they can determine whether you need additional coursework. Find out more about getting into college in the college and career ready section on your dashboard.

    Are the GED® graduates eligible for college financial aid?
    Get specific information on financial aid, eligibility requirements, and how to apply for financial aid in the College & Career center on your MyGEDTM dashboard at www.GED.com.

    Do I need to take another test after the GED® to be accepted into a college or university?
    The colleges to which you apply may also require you to take placement or achievement tests so that they can determine whether you need additional coursework. Visit the College & Career center on your MyGEDTM dashboard at www.GED.com to learn more and access resources.