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General Educational Development (GED) Details

The GED is a battery of examinations administered by states and jurisdictions in Pearson-VUE test centers. The exams measure high school level achievement as well as career and college readiness in four subject areas: 

Completing the GED exams qualifies an individual for a General Educational Development Certificate.  All GED tests are timed unless you have an approved accommodation request for extended time.  Questions will be in multiple formats including:
  • extended response
  • drag-and drop
  • drop-down
  • fill-in-the blank
  • hot spot
  • multiple choice
  • short answer
Modules Items Minutes
Reasoning through Language Arts 51 items: Three sections, 75% nonfiction, 25% fiction. Extended response: 400-900 words. Focuses on your ability to read closely, write clearly, and edit and understand the use of standard written English in context. 150 minutes including a 10-minute break
Mathematical Reasoning 46 items: Two sections, one short calculator-prohibited section, and a longer calculator-allowed section. Focuses on quantitative and algebraic problem solving. 115 minutes
Science 34 items: One section, focuses on life science, physical science, earth and space science. 90 minutes
Social Studies 35 items: Two sections: 25 minutes for an extended response item, 65 minutes for all other items. Focuses on civics and government, United States history, economics, and geography and the world. 90 minutes
Total Battery   7.25 hours

Score

The GED Testing Service has established a minimum passing scale score of 600 (150 on each of the four modules).

You will get your results for the Science, Social Studies, and Mathematical Reasoning tests immediately. Results for the Reasoning through Language Arts test may not be available for several hours. Share your test results with WITC instructors so they can better assist you in achieving your goals.

You may expand your options by choosing a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED), a second credential offered by the state of Wisconsin.

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