Common Questions

  • What is the GED?

    It is a test which measures the General Educational Development of individuals who have not graduated from high school, or for other reasons have not obtained a high school diploma. The GED Certificate is awarded to those who pass the GED Test. It is widely accepted as the equivalent of a high school diploma.

    Why do I need the GED?

    Your GED will enable you to enter college, get a better job, qualify for employment promotions, or establish your own best feelings about yourself. For whatever reason you may have missed out on obtaining a high school diploma, the GED will help you prove that your knowledge and skills reach the high standards of other high school graduates.

    Who can take the GED?

    You can take the GED Test if you are a Texas resident or a member of the Armed Forces stationed in Texas. You must be at least 18 years old and officially withdrawn from school. Individuals who are 17 years old and officially withdrawn from school, may take the test with the signed consent of your parent or guardian.

    What kind of test is it?

    The test covers five areas of knowledge: Writing Skills, Social Studies, Science, Literature and the Arts, and Mathematics. The test questions are all multiple choice, with the exception of one part of the Writing Skills test which requires the writing of an essay. All sections of the test have time limits in which to complete them. Once you begin a section of the test, you must complete that section before you leave.

    How do I prepare for the test?

    Check your local library for GED classes. They are usually offered free of charge.
    Students who are 17 years old are required to submit proof of withdrawal from last school attended prior to attending class.

    At Rockwall County Library, classes are offered Monday and Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required and there is a small fee for materials. For more information contact, Gloria Bishop with the Rockwall County Library at 972-204-7705.

    How is it scored?

    You must achieve an average standard score of 450 on all five tests (2250 total), with no subtest score less than 410. All parts of the test are sent to Austin for scoring. Results are mailed directly to your home address.

    May I retake the test?

    Pre-registration is required for re-testing. There is a $20.00 fee for each part that is re-tested.   Please call 972-772-2034 to schedule re-testing.

    Are special accommodations available?

    Testing services to candidates with disabilities is provided with approved documentation.

    What is the cost?

    The total cost of the GED is $90 for all five sections of the test. Cash or Money Order is required.   Fee expires 90 days after registration. No Show Policy—a Fee of $10 will be assessed for those who fail to cancel or reschedule within 24 hours prior to the scheduled testing time. Examinee should report 20 minutes before scheduled test time. No refund policy.