The entire GED exam is composed of five different sections: Language Arts, Writing; Social Studies; Science; Language Arts, Reading; and Mathematics. Two sections have two parts: the Language Arts, Writing section and the Mathematics section. Part II of the Language Arts, Writing section requires that you write an essay. Part I of the Mathematics test allows you to use a calculator; however, Part II of the Mathematics section does not allow you to use the calculator. All tests, except the Language Arts, Writing section have multiple-choice questions.
How Is the Exam Scored and What if I Don't Pass?
You must achieve a total score of 2250 points or above and a standard score of at least a 410 on all of the five subtests to pass the GED.
If you fail the exam, you have a total of three years to successfully complete all five sections and acquire your GED credential.
Who Is Eligible?
The following is a general set of eligibility requirements, but the best idea is to contact your local testing center (explained below) to determine eligibility:
- You are at least 16 years of age - You are not currently enrolled in high school - You don't have a high school diploma or equivalent
If you are between 16 and 18 years of age, your testing center will make you aware of additional requirements. Also, you DO NOT have to be a West Virginia resident to take the GED.
You can prepare for the GED by studying independently or by taking a preparation course. Most people benefit from a preparation class. We offer the class here at South Branch and in Moorefield. Please see our Adult Basic Education link on this website. However, if time constraints, prior obligations, etc. prevent you from taking a preparation course, independent study can be productive. Try visiting your local library and use its study materials. Also, try going online to find free GED study lessons and free practice tests.
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We are proud to be the testing center for the residents of Grant, Hardy and Pendleton Counties. The exam is offered approximately four times per year.
If you are interested in taking the GED, please contact your nearest ABE Instructor to register:
Vera Shockey, EWVCTC, Moorefield, WV @ 304-434-8000.