The General Educational Development (GED®) Tests are administered to approximately 700,000 people each year. The GED® Tests provide adults who did not complete a formal high school program the opportunity to certify their attainment of high school-level academic knowledge and skills.
The GED® Test battery comprises four content area assessments:
All 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces, and all U.S. territories, use passing scores on the GED® Tests as the basis for awarding high school equivalency credentials. One out of seven high school diplomas granted in the United States is based on passing the GED® Tests.
Lanier Technical College is an official GED® Testing Center. Successful completion of the GED® Test qualifies an individual for a state of Georgia High School Equivalency Diploma. GED® credentials are accredited by industry, government, licensing boards, technical schools, colleges, universities, and employers as the equivalent to a high school diploma.
Computer based GED® testing is available at Lanier Tech. Go to www.GED.com to register and schedule your test. Pick a test time and location that is convenient for you. Test scores are available within just a few days via your online account. Test centers are available in Commerce, Cumming, Dawsonville, Dahlonega, Gainesville, Homer, Oakwood, and Winder. We can also assist students who wish to take the HiSET® from home.
|GED® Tests||Time Limits|
|Reasoning Through Language Arts
|There are two Short Answer questions included on the test, but they are not timed separately. Students are expected to manage their time and spend about 10 minutes on each of the Short Answer questions.|
The Tests of General Educational Development (GED® Tests) consist of four tests which measure achievement in subject areas generally associated with a high school program of study.
The four tests, and their relative content emphases, are:
1. Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA)
The RLA test focuses on three grouping of skills:
- The ability to read closely
- The ability to write clearly
- The ability to edit and understand the use of standard written English in context
2. Social Studies
The Social Studies Test will also focus on four major content domains:
- Civics and government (50%)
- United States history (20%)
- Economics (15%)
- Geography and the world (15%)
The Science Test focuses on three major content domains:
- Life Science (40%)
- Physical Science (40%)
- Earth and Space Science (20%)
The GED® Mathematical Reasoning Test focuses on two major content domains:
- Quantitative problem solving (45%)
- Algebraic problem solving (55%)
The GED® test will have a passing score of 150 on each test part. Therefore, you will need to reach a score of at least 150 on each part and a total score of 600 across the four-part battery in order to receive your GED® test credential. You may also earn an “Honors” score if you receive a score of 170 on a test part. Learn more about the honors score.
The fee for GED® Test full battery is $160.00. Each portion may be taken separately at a cost of $40.00 each. Retakes are only $20.00 per subject area at this time. Missing a scheduled test date will require signing up and paying again.
Georgia residents who earn a GED® diploma are also awarded a $500 voucher from the HOPE Grant Program which can be applied towards some post-secondary educational costs.
Preparing for the GED®:
Adult Basic Education which prepares you to take the GED® is offered through Lanier Technical College Adult Education. Visit GED® Testing Centers for more information.
The Adult Education Program is specifically designed for adults who have different needs, backgrounds, and skills. For that reason, a flexible program has been created which meets their needs.
Each of the seven counties that serve Lanier Technical College have locations to assist adult learners in obtaining skills which make students more successful and confident in the workplace and in society.
GED® and English Literacy classes taught at Lanier Technical College are free of charge.
GED® instruction includes beginning reading, writing, and math all the way to high school completion through the General Educational Development (GED®) Program.
The following GED® services are offered at no cost:
English Literacy classes for non-English speakers are also a part of the curriculum. Besides the above GED® services, additional support is offered for English Literacy classes at no cost:
The HiSET® exam is a high school equivalency testing program that will help you take the next step toward a college degree or a rewarding career. Educational Testing Service (E T S) and the Iowa Testing Programs created the HiSET program to provide you with a more affordable, more accessible alternative to other high school equivalency tests. You can earn the credentials you need to continue your education or to succeed in the workplace. The HiSET® includes free practice tests to help you prepare as well as two retests* within a 12-month period of your original subtest purchase date.
The HiSET® exam measures proficiency in five core subject areas:
|Available in Spanish?||Yes||Yes|
|Calculator allowed?||Yes, on part 2 of Math and in Science, Social Studies||No|
|Cost of test at testing center||$160 for whole battery||$133.75 for whole battery (+$10 fee if registering by phone)|
|Cost of test from home computer||$160 for whole battery||$181.25 for whole battery (+$10 fee if registering by phone)|
|Types of questions||Multiple choice, short answer, drag and drop, drop-down, hot spot, and essay question (language arts).||Multiple choice on all except Language Arts – Writing, which also includes an essay question.|
|Passing score||145 or higher on each of the four test sections||Total score of 45 plus
|Test section 1: Language Arts||150 minutes (including 10 minute break and 45 minutes for written essay)
||Reading section: 65 minutes (80 minutes for Spanish test)
Writing section: 120 minutes
|Test section 2: Math||115 minutes
|Test section 3: Science||90 minutes
|Test section 4: Social Studies||70 minutes