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GED Series Testing
The current version of the GED Test, GED 2002 Series, was released at the end of January 2002.
The Mathematics test allows examinees to use a calculator for the first time. The calculator may be used only on Part I of the Mathematics test. The calculator will be supplied, during the test only, to the examinee by the testing staff. The testing staff cannot provide instruction at the test on how to operate the calculator. Therefore, all examinees should be familiar with the operations of the calculator prior to coming in to take the test.
The calculator used in the GED 2002 Mathematics Test is the Casio fx260 Solar Calculator. It is available for approximately $12.00 at many stores There are also books available to help you understand the functions that will be used in the GED Test. Practicing the test using any other calculator is not recommended.
The Language Arts: Writing Test: Examinees will need to achieve a passing score on the essay portion of the test. Failing the essay will result in failure of both parts of the test. If the examinee achieves an “Inadequate” score on the essay, the examinee will be required to take both parts over again.
|GED Test||Test Length||Allotted Time|
|Test 1 – Language Arts, Reading||40 Questions||65 minutes|
|Test 2 – Language Arts, Writing||Part I = 50 Questions||Total Time:
|Part II = Essay|
|Test 3 – Mathematics||Part I (calculator optional) 25 Questions||Total Time: 90 minutes|
|Part II (no calculator)
|Notes: The examinees must turn in the calculator and receive Part II at the 45-minute mark.
Before the 45-minute mark, an examinee may give up the calculator and receive Part II. After finishing Part II,
an examinee may go back and work on Part I, but without the calculator.
|Test 4 – Science||50 Question||80 minutes|
|Test 5 – Social Studies||50 Questions||70 minutes|
A minimum score of 2,250 points is required to pass the GED Test (average 450 points per test) with no score on any test below 410 points. If you receive a score that is less than the total of 2,250 or any individual test score below 410 points, you must retest.
Examinees must complete the five (5) GED Test sections within one year from their first test date. If not completed within one year from the first test date then all scores and fees will become invalid and the examinee must start the process all over again.
Once all five (5) GED Test sections are completed within the one year period, examinees will have two additional years to retest any failed exams (below 410 points) and achieve a passing total score of at least 2250 points.
PLEASE NOTE: There are three (3) forms of the GED exam available in one calendar year, allowing for only 2 re-tests in any given calendar year.
Free GED Official Practice Test is available on-line at www.gedpractice.com
Special accommodations in the GED Test are available to candidates who have a documented learning disability, physical disability, or emotional disability.
Verification of documented disabilities must occur before a GED® candidate can request accommodations during testing. Request for Testing Accommodations forms will not be accepted for the review process until signed by the Chief Examiner of the Testing Center. If you are interested in applying for special accommodation, visit the Massachusetts Deparment of Elementary and Secondary Education, General Edcuational Development (GED) website to download the necessary guidelines and forms at: http://www.doe.mass.edu/ged/afd.html
If you have questions in applying for special accommodations, you may disclose this information to the GED Chief Examiner. However, you are not required to disclose any disability you have or may think you have. Should you decide to discuss this issue with the GED Chief Examiner of this test center, she will assist you with the application process. Any discussion related to a documented or suspected disability is confidential.
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