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Q: Which test do I take?
A: There are a few different names for the high school equivalency test – but they will all provide you with the same credential. Depending on where you live, you will need to take either the GED, HiSET, or TASC test to get your high school equivalency credential and finish your diploma. No matter which test your state uses, your local adult education center will be well prepared to guide you through the process and prepare you to take the test. The best way to get started is to type your zip code in the top right box and connect with your local center. They’ll know all about which tests are offered in your area.
Q: What is the GED test?
A: The GED test is a four-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers. The four subjects are Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA). After you pass the GED test, your diploma or credential will be issued by your state, and you’ll receive a GED transcript that you can use to apply to college, start a training program, or get a better job.
The GED test takes about 7 hours and 30 minutes. You must get at least a score of 150 on each test part to pass the GED test and earn your high school diploma. You may also earn an Honors score if you receive a score of 170 or more on a test part.
- Below Passing: 100 — 149
- Passing Score: 150 — 169
- Honors Passing Score: 170 — 200
Q: Do I have to take the entire GED test over if I do not get a passing test score?
A: You can take one test subject at a time, and only retake the subjects in which you didn't get at least a score of 150. GED Testing Service helps you pay for two retakes per subject, so retaking is easier than ever. If after three tries you still have not passed the test subject, you must wait 60 days to test again.
Your state may have other policies on studying before you retake the test, so it's important to check your state's policies on the GED.com website.
Q: What is the HiSET test?
A: The HiSET test is a five-subject high school equivalency exam that measures the academic knowledge relative to that of a high school graduate. The exam covers five content areas: Language Arts – Reading, Language Arts – Writing, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. Depending on where you live, the exam may be taken at a testing center on a computer or as a paper test. In order to pass the HiSET, you must achieve a scaled score of at least 8 out of 20 on each individual subject, achieve a score of at least 2 out of 6 on the Language Arts – Writing section, and achieve a total scaled score of at least 45 out of 100 on all five sections. A score of at least 15 out of 20 on any individual subject indicates college and career readiness, meaning you scored at the 75th percentile of all graduating high school students. After you pass the HiSET, you’ll receive your high school equivalency credential from your state.
In the event that you do not pass one or more of the test sections, you’ll have the opportunity to retake the HiSET test. With your test fee, you’ll get two free retests within a year of registering.
Your state may have its own policies about the HiSET test, and you can check your state’s requirements on the HiSET website.
Q: What is the TASC test?
A: The TASC test is a five-subject high school equivalency exam that measures levels of academic achievement relative to that of high school graduates, and assesses career and college readiness. The exam can be taken at a testing center on a computer or as a paper test, and covers 5 subject areas: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. In order to pass the TASC test, you must score at least 500 in each subject area and achieve at least a 2 out of the 8 possible points on the Writing essay. After you pass, you’ll receive your high school equivalency credential from your state.
In the event that you do not pass one or more of the TASC test subjects, you will have the opportunity to re-take those sections to achieve the passing score of 500. You are eligible for two free re-takes within your first year of registering for the test.
Your state may have its own policies about TASC test administration, and you can check your state’s requirements on the TASC website.
Q: Can I take the actual tests online from home?
A: No. The high school equivalency tests can only be taken in person at an authorized testing center. If you see a test on the Internet that claims to be a certified high school equivalency test and does not require you to be at an official testing center, it is not a legitimate program.
Q: How much does the test cost?
The cost of the high school equivalency test varies from state to state. The price you will pay is set by your state. Check your state’s testing policies by connecting with your local adult education center or by visiting your state’s adult education website.
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