There are many reasons why a person may not be able to complete high school. This can cause problems for individuals as they look for job opportunities and try to carve out their career paths. The GED®, General Equivalency Development, test was created with those individuals in mind. Successfully passing the GED® test will certify that a person has attained high-school level academic skills. Originally, this test was created to help soldiers returning from World War II to join the civilian work force. According to Wikipedia, “One in every seven Americans with high school credentials received the GED® test credential, as well as one in 20 college students.” So if you were not able to complete high school and need your GED®, you are not alone!
One thing that can be surprising to some people is that you are not able to test for the GED® online. The tests are administered by your state’s Department of Education and you must go to an Official GED® Testing Center. Usually these testing centers are at community colleges, public schools, or adult education centers. If you are disabled in any way, you may be able to receive reasonable testing accommodations so don’t be afraid to ask. The cost of the test varies state to state. If you have any questions about the GED® please see this series of YouTube Videos from GED Testing Service® an official site of the American Council on Education (ACE).
The GED® test is comprised of five parts – Language Arts/Writing, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts/Reading, and Mathematics. There are great test preparation materials available online. Franklin Virtual High School has an online GED® Test Preparation Program, (as well as an alternative to the GED® that we call Online High School “Fast Track” that follows the same equivalency standards as the GED®), it first takes you through a diagnostic pretest so that you can skip the material you already know and focus on the areas that need improvement. It includes video lectures, online content, interactive vocabulary sections, journaling, practice homework and a final quiz. If you feel you have most of the skills and just want to take GED® practice tests, Franklin Virtual Schools has an online program available for that as well. There is help available and you CAN successfully pass the GED®!