Top GED FAQs

  • What is the GED?
    The GED—or General Educational Development Test—assesses an individual’s knowledge of high-school level concepts in four subject areas: reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, science, and social studies. A GED credential is generally accepted by employers and colleges in lieu of a high school diploma.
  • Who is eligible for the GED?
    To be eligible for the GED exam, you must be 16 years old or older and not currently enrolled in high school.
  • Where can I take the GED test?
    Official exam centers across the country offer GED testing services. To find a convenient location near you, just visit the GED official site and create an account.
  • Can I take the GED online?
    Yes. If you don’t want to travel to a test center, you can take the Online Proctored GED Test. You’ll need to meet certain eligibility guidelines, though, including passing an online GED practice test for each GED subject.
  • How long is the GED exam?
    The GED exam consists of four different sections, each of which takes one hour to complete. You may choose to take each section independently or all four sections at once.
  • What is a passing score on the GED?
    The GED is scored on a scale of 100 to 200. A score of 145 or higher is considered a passing score on the GED exam. However, there are different scoring categories that could impact your future academic or professional career. Here are the four categories:
    • Below a Passing Score: 100-144
    • Passing Score: 145-164
    • College Ready Score: 165- 174
    • College Ready-Plus Score: 175-200
  • Is the GED hard to pass?
    Earning a passing score on the GED exam can be challenging, especially if you have little or no background knowledge in the subject areas being tested. With adequate preparation, though, you can be GED ready. We recommend at least 6 weeks of study time with Peterson’s practice questions and exam resources prior to test day.
  • How much does the GED cost?
    Typically, there is a small fee per subject area, and these costs vary by state. You can find your state’s testing fee at the GED Testing Service’s website.