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2014 GED® TEST

The content of the 2014 GED® test does differ from that tested on the 2002 Series GED test. The 2014 GED test is administered on computer (though not online) and is about 7 hours long. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the new test.

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1. How hard is the 2014 GED test?

The 2014 GED test is aligned with today’s high school standards. The difficulty level to pass the 2014 GED test is the same difficulty level needed to pass high school today.

2. What is the breakdown of the four tests by time and content?

  1. Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA) (150 minutes)
    – Section 1 (35 minutes*)
    – Section 2 (45 minutes)
    – Student Break (10 minutes)
    – Section 3 (60 minutes*)
    *The time allotted for sections 1 and 3 may vary slightly, but the total test time will always be 150 minutes.
  2. Mathematical Reasoning (115 minutes)
    – Part 1 (first 5 test questions) calculator not allowed
    – Part 2 (remaining 41 test questions) calculator allowed
  3. Science (90 minutes)
  4. Social Studies (90 minutes)
    – Section 1 (65 minutes)
    – Section 2 (25 minutes)

3. How do I prepare for the GED test?

GED preparation classes are offered free of charge at local adult education programs. For more information call 800-321-9511. GED study materials are available through the MyGED portal at GED.com.

4. How do I sign up for the GED test?

You can register online using MyGED at GED.com. You may also register over the phone by calling 1-877-392-6433.

5. Do I have to take all four parts at once?

No, you can schedule one test at a time on different dates. You can also take all the test parts on the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

6. How much does the GED test cost?

The cost is $30 per module for the GED test. There are four parts (modules) of the GED test. Test fees must be paid online at the time of scheduling.

In addition, in Illinois, there are administrative fees charged to obtain GED credentials (read the Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate and Transcript section).

7. What is the passing score for the GED test?

Test-takers must score a minimum of 145 on each part of the GED test to pass.


Constitution Test Requirement

In order to earn an Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate, you must take and pass the Constitution test as required by Illinois Compiled Statutes – School Code (105 ILCS 5/27-3) in addition to passing the five parts of the HiSET® test. There is no fee to take the Constitution exam and it may be taken at any time.


Constitution Test Preparation

The Constitution Study Guide of the United States and State of Illinois can be downloaded here: CSG English or CSG Spanish

Or you can order a printed copy directly from Curriculum Publications Clearinghouse by calling 1-800-322-3905.

Please visit https://sites.google.com/site/constitutionstudyguide/ for online lessons.