Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the GED?

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    The letters stand for General Educational Development. It is an internationally recognized and accepted high school equicalence diplmoma (HSE).

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  • In what languages is the GED given?

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    English and Spanish

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  • What is the test format?

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    The test is on computer. Students should have basic computer skills and keyboarding.

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  • What is tested? How long is the test?

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    • Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA) — 150 minutes, including a 10-minute break and 45-minute written response

    • Mathematical Reasoning — 90 minutes

    • Science — 90 minutes, including a 10-minute written response

    • Social Studies — 90 minutes

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  • Do I have to take all tests at the same time?

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    No, you may take the tests separately, in the order you choose.

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  • How much will it cost?

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    Total $140, which is $35 x 4 subjects. Students who participate in OACE GED/HiSET preparation can test for free. Other requirements may apply.

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  • If I do not pass a test, can I take it again?

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    Yes, there are 3 forms of each subject test. You may take the same subject test 3 times. If you do not pass after the third try, then you must wait 60 days before retesting in that subject. Merely retaking a test is not enough to raise a score; study and practice testing will enable you to pass.

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  • How old do I have to be to take the GED?

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    You must be 18 years old.

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  • Where can I take the test?

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    At any Pearson Vue Test Center; however, OACE GED students may take the test in our test center at McClymonds High School, 2607 Myrtle Street, Oakland, CA 94607.

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  • For whom might the GED be appropriate?

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    Students who want to attend college with financial aid; who seek employment; holders of career tech certificates who seek to work with those licenses; some trade unions require HSE/GED for membership.

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  • How long will it take to pass all the test and get my GED?

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    Completion depends upon:

    • Your prior educational experience and skills you bring to your study

    • Meaningful and regular attendance, your personal focus and effort

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