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GED Information

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What is GED Testing?

The 2014 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. After you pass the GED® test, your diploma or credential will be issued by the state, but in addition, you’ll receive a GED® transcript to apply to college, start training, or get a better job. The test is part of the 2014 GED® program, the only high school equivalency program built to help adults qualify for college, training, or a good job with good wages.

Know the facts:

  • The 2014 GED® test takes a little more than seven hours to complete
  • Minimum score of 150 on each test
    • GED Passing Score: 150-169
    • GED Honors Score: 170-200
  • The 2014 GED test will cost $30 per each of the 4 modules, for a total of $120.
  • You must pass a GED Ready: The Official Practice Test prior to registering for the actual GED test.

More information is also available at Kentucky Adult Education. For upcoming test dates or more information about registering to take the GED, contact Pam Buchanan. Testing with accommodations is available for examinees who qualify. For details, please see your adult learning instructor or the Kentucky Adult Education website.

Request a copy of your transcript or diploma from Kentucky Adult Education (KYAE).

Taking a GED class

There is no cost to enroll in a GED class. We furnish your books, paper, pencils and all study materials. Adult Education orientation is required prior to attending class and is held twice a week. Call 270-831-9648 to enroll.

Small group classes are designed to meet your needs. Classes are based on your skill level and you progress to the next level when you are ready. The length of time it takes you depends on your commitment, how hard you work, and how often you come in to one of our centers.

2014 GED Test Information

Reasoning through Language Arts:

  • There is a reading comprehension component and a writing component.
  • 3 hours to complete
  • 75% of texts are informational-nonfiction and workplace contexts. (No poetry!)
  • Writing: analysis of arguments & use of evidence, structure, clarity, grammar, usage.

Social Studies:

  • 90 minutes to complete
  • 2 sections:
    • First section will be 65 minutes
    • Second section will consist of one 25-minute block for an extended response item
  • Topics Covered:
    • Economics
    • U.S. History
    • Geography & the World
    • Civics and Government

Science:

  • 75 minutes to complete
  • Includes short answer questions
  • Topics Covered:
    • Earth & Space Science
    • Life Science
    • Physical Science

Mathematics:

  • 115 Minutes
  • On-screen calculator will be provided 
  • A variety of item types are used in the test, including multiple-choice, drag-and-drop, hot spot, and fill-in-the-blank.
  • Two sections:
      • Short calculator-prohibited section
      • Longer calculator-allowed section