FAQ - The Test

FAQ – The Test | GED FAQ

How do I schedule a test?
Log into your GED® profile and click on the “Schedule” tab at the top of the page. Alternatively, you can contact your nearest Boston VUE Testing centre to schedule your test.

Will I get confirmation of my GED® test booking?
When a tester makes an exam booking, he/she will receive two emails, the Appointment Confirmation and the Payment Receipt. The Appointment Confirmation specifies the subject of the exam, while the Payment Receipt does not. The word “English” on the Payment Receipt represents the language in which the test will be written, not the RLA
exam.

What is the admission policy to take the GED® test?
We ask you to arrive at the test center 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. This will give you adequate time to complete the necessary sign-in procedures. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late for your appointment you will be unable to test and you will not be reimbursed. You will be required to provide one or more valid forms of identification on the day of the test. The ID must be government-issued and non-expired. It must also include your name, address, date of birth, signature, and photograph. Your jurisdiction may require additional ID, proof of residence, or may have other requirements for testing. Prior to your testing appointment, it’s important for you to check your messages dropdown in the upper left hand corner on MyGED™. If you do not present proper ID or required information (per the jurisdiction policies) you will be turned away the day of testing and will lose your test payments.

Can I bring a calculator into the test?
No. There are no outside electronic devices allowed in the testing room. However, for the portions of the exam where a calculator is allowed, it is available on-screen, within the test. We recommend this tutorial to familiarize yourself with the online calculator https://ged.com/practice-test/en/calculator/

Can I bring pen and paper into the testing venue to work out calculations?
No, you may not take anything into the testing venue. You are provided with an on-screen calculator for any calculations required.

Can I wear jewellry to the testing venue?
Jewellery that is wider than 1/4 inch is NOT PERMITTED, unless the candidate is wearing an item which they claim can not be physically removed. Small jewellery is permitted.

If I have a disability, can I apply for special accommodation?
Yes, you can click here to apply for an accommodation. You must have your accommodation application approved before booking your test for the accommodation to apply to that test.

What is the test format?
The test is completed on a computer.

Is keyboarding speed an issue? How does this influence test time?
The time given is adequate for students to construct their answer and key in their response. Field testing has demonstrated that even test-takers with minimal keyboarding skills have adequate time.

How hard is the test?
The test is aligned with today’s high school standards. The difficulty level needed to pass the GED® test is the same difficulty level as needed to pass high school today.

How many questions will be on each test?
The new test forms do not specify numbers of test questions—they are based on raw score points, since all items are no longer worth just one point each. The final raw score point totals are as follows:
· Reasoning Through Language Arts – 65 raw score points
· Mathematical Reasoning – 49 raw score points
· Science – 40 raw score points
· Social Studies – 30 raw score points
Remember that scores from the 2014 GED® test are transformed to a common scaled score metric, to make the scores easier to use and interpret across the content areas.

How is the 2014 GED® test scored and what score is passing?
The 2014 GED® test is scored by computer. The passing standard on each content area has been set at a score of 145 on a scale of 100 to 200 scaled score points for each of the four content areas.

Is the 145 an average score needed for total passing or a minimum score required for the passing of each test for the 2014 GED®?
There is no average score needed for total passing.

How long do you expect we will wait for scores?
Scores will be returned from the test within 24 hours of completion of each subject.

Where can I find my score report?
You must go to My Scores in your GED.com profile. Under the icon that is showing your score, it should say “See Score Report”. If you click on this, you will be able to view your score report.

What happens if I fail a test?
The GED Testing Service permits you to re-test the same subject two additional times without a wait and then requires a 60-day wait period between additional attempts. There is no minimum grade criterion to qualify for such a rewrite opportunity but it will attract a test fee. The GED® test score report will provide you with detailed feedback to address the skills you need to work on.

Can I apply for a rescore?
You can only apply for a rescore on your RLA Writing test. To request a rescore of your written response phone 011 083 8844, or email below information to help@ged.com:
Name and surname
GED ID
Date and time of the exam for review.
There is a $50 charge to challenge your mark, but if your score changes, you will be refunded the full $50.

Can I re-write a test that I have already passed for a better score?
Yes you can. However, you will need to first get approval from America to retest. To get this approval, you will need to send an email to help@ged.com with your GED ID number, full name, subject to re-test and explain why you want to retest. The new retested score will then be kept, regardless of whether the score is higher or lower than your original score.

What happens if there is a power outage during my exam?
If there is a power outage during your test, the testing centre will log a case with Pearson VUE. Once they have reviewed your case they will email you their decision. Should a resit be approved, you will need to contact International Pearson VUE directly to rebook your test. The testing centre is not able to rebook test dates on your behalf. You can contact the International Pearson VUE Call Centre on the South African number +27 (0) 11 083 8844 or on the International number +44 (0) 161-855-7440.

What happens when I pass all 4 tests?
On successful completion of all tests you will be issued an electronic version of your GED® High School Equivalency Credential issued by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in Washington, DC. You will receive two e-mails from “Parchment”, which will be sent to the email address registered in your profile. Each email will have a link to a copy of your electronic Diploma and Transcript. It is important that you download these documents immediately and keep them in a safe place, as the links will expire. The links for students who have just passed their GED are valid for 180 days, while the links for any re-order of either the electronic Diploma and/or Transcript are only valid for 60 days. 

Can I convert my GED® results to a percentage mark?
Your GED® scores are not able to be converted to an overall percentage. The Percentage rank column shows the percentage of graduating seniors who score at or below the test-taker’s score in that subject. For more information and a full explanation on this, please click HERE.

What is the Percentile Rank on my transcript?
The percentile rank ranges from 1 to 99. Percentile rank shows the percentage of graduating high school seniors who participated in the Standardization and Norming Study and earned this score or lower. For more information and a full explanation on this, please click HERE.

Can I calculate my GPA based on my GED®?
GED test scores cannot directly be translated into grade-point-average (GPA) equivalents, grade level equivalents, or reading level equivalents. One of the purposes of standardized testing programs such as the GED® test is to provide an objective measure of student academic achievement, since school letter grades or grade levels can be inconsistent and unreliable indicators of performance. However, the battery average scale score can be located on the GED test’s table of percentile ranks. The percentiles can provide an approximation of the student’s class rank. For the current 2014 test, the class rank is based on the high school graduating class of 2013, whose data provided the basis of the GED® test’s Standardization and Norming Study.