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General Education Development Program (GED)

Frequently  Asked  Questions

01 - What is the GED Program?  

11 - What if I need help?

02 - What is on the GED    2002  Tests?

  12 - What does it cost to take the GED tests?

03 - Test 1 - Language Arts,  Writing - Part 1 

  13 - Determining readiness to take the real GED tests after preparation classes
04 - Test 1 - Language Arts,  Writing - Part 2   14 - How do I register to take the GED tests?
05 - Test 2 - Social Studies   15 - Who may take the tests?

06 - Test 3 - Science


16 - Where do I take the GED tests?

07 - Test  4 - Language Arts, Reading   17 - How long does it take to receive my scores?

08 - Test 5 - Mathematics

  18 - What do I need to pass?

09 - Test Dates

  19 - When I pass, what next?

10 - Using the official GED practice test scores to make decisions

Please call if you have further questions.


   01 - What is the GED Program?                                                                             

 The General Educational Development Program (GED) offers people who did not finish high school the opportunity to earn high school credentials. The GED program is jointly sponsored by the American Council on Education and the Florida Department of Education. The GED 2002 Series Tests will place a greater emphasis on workplace and higher education needs.

The GED Tests are designed to measure the major skills and concepts generally associated with four years of  regular high school instruction. The GED Tests are normed using a national sampling of graduating high school seniors to establish the standards required for earning a GED credential. In 1998, more than 35,000 adults earned their Florida High School Diploma through the GED Testing program.

   02 - What is on the GED 2002 Tests?

As with the previous GED Tests, the GED 2002 tests will cover the core academic areas of language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics with new focus on some parts of the tests. First, a timed essay on a assigned topic is part of the Language Arts Writing Test. A new scale, with an emphasis on organization, will be used to score the essay. Second, the mathematics test will be divided into two parts - one part permits the use of a calculator while the second part does not.

   03 - Test 1:  Language Arts, Writing - Part 1  ( 50 questions, 75 minutes)

Part 1 of the Writing test will be multiple choice questions from informational documents like business communications (letters, memos, e-mail reports, executive summaries, applications) and "how-to" texts that provide instructions and directions (securing a job, writing a resume, dressing for success, leasing a car, planning a trip, etc.).

   04 - Language Arts, Writing - Part 2  (essay - 45 minutes)

An expository essay of 200 - 250 words is required. The essay must be focused, well developed, and on the assigned topic; candidates will draw upon his or her personal observations, knowledge, and experience when completing the essay.

The essay will be assessed based on sentence structure, usage, mechanics, and organization (transitions, effective text divisions, topic sentences, and unity/coherence).

   05 - Test 2: Social Studies (64 questions - 1 hour, 25 minutes)

This test will measure concepts and skills from high school subject areas of history, geography, civics, government, and economics which are familiar and relevant to adults. Sources for questions include articles, speeches, textbooks, letters, maps, graphs, charts, tables, cartoons, diagrams, and materials containing writing and graphics. 

   06 - Test 3: Science (50 questions - 1 hour, 35 minutes)

Questions are formulated  from the areas of life sciences, earth and space science, and physical science. Fifty percent of the science test will be conceptual understanding questions and the remaining 50 percent will be problem-solving questions, with a focus on environmental and health topics on recycling, heredity, disease prevention, pollution, and climate.

   07 - Test 4: Language Arts, Reading (40 questions, 65 minutes)

Reading passages will include selections from literary (drama, prose  fiction, poetry) and non-fiction (non-fiction prose, critical reviews, business documents) texts.

   08 - Test 5: Mathematics (50 Questions - 1 hour, 30 minutes)

This test is in two parts: Part 1 permits the use of a calculator, while Part 2 does not. Practice time for using the calculator is provided prior to the test. The mathematics test is comprised of tasks with which most adults frequently experience in the world of work, as consumers, as users of technology, as well as family experiences.

   09 -  Test Dates    

Call GED office for test dates.

   10 - Using the Official GED Practice Test Scores to Make Decisions

While taking the Official GED Practice Tests is not a prerequisite for taking the real GED Tests, we strongly recommend that you try it to help determine if you are ready for the real test. Generally speaking, if you score a total of 2500 or higher with a minimum of 500 on each of the sub tests, we suggest that you sign up to take the real GED Tests. You may sign up to take the Official GED Practice Tests Monday through Wednesday, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. There is no charge for the practice tests. You will need two evenings to complete the Official GED Practice Tests.

If you do not score 2500, then we recommend that you get some help before taking the real GED Tests. GED preparation classes are available at no charge.

   11 - What if I need help?

If you do not score well on the Official GED Practice tests or if you just feel that that you need to prepare before tackling the real GED, you may enroll in our GED Preparation classes. 

To enroll, you are required to take the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) in order for us to ascertain proper placement in class. The TABE is administered Monday through Wednesday, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Based on your TABE scores, our staff will evaluate your language, reading, and mathematics skills and use this information to prepare your individual educational prescription. There is no charge for the TABE.

Note:  GED Preparation classes are also offered by:  -- H.E.A.R.T. Adult Literacy  and
Hernando County Adult and Community Education Nature Coast Technical High School  (352) 797-7291

   12 - What does it cost to take the GED Tests?

The cost for the full battery of tests (the initial testing) is $50.00. Each retest costs $10.00.

   13 - Determining readiness to take the Real GED Tests after preparation classes.

Once you have received instruction in the needed skills areas, you and your instructor(s) feel you are ready for the Real GED Tests, then you will retake the TABE to ensure that you are prepared. Based on these scores we will recommend you take the Real GED Tests or continue with your preparation classes, if indicated.

   14 - How do I register to take the GED Tests?

To register for the GED Tests you must come into our office, complete an application form, provide picture identification and pay the $50.00 testing fee. The number of tests each month is limited and seats are available on a first come, first served  basis.

   15 - Who may take the GED Tests?

You must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of Florida at the time you take the GED Tests. Sixteen and 17 year-olds may take the GED Tests under certain conditions. Speak to one of our counselors for more information.

   16 - Where do I take the GED Tests?

Each month the GED Tests are administered at the Hernando Adult and Community Education - Nature Coast Technical High School located at 4057 California Street, Brooksville, FL. Call (352)797-7291 for more information.

   17 - How long does it take to receive my scores?

Your tests are sent to the GED Testing Service in Tallahassee for scoring. It takes between four to six weeks to receive the test results (from the last date of testing to their return from Tallahassee). You will be notified by phone and in writing of your scores - pass or fail - as soon as we receive them from Tallahassee.

   18 - What do I need to Pass?

A total score of 2250, with a minimum of 410 on each of the subtests, is required to pass the GED and receive a high school diploma. REMEMBER - if you do not pass one of the tests, or even all five of them, you can take them over again.

   19 - When I Pass, What Next?

When you pass the GED Tests, you will receive a Florida High School Diploma and an official transcript of your test scores to keep. If you are continuing your education and need a transcript sent to the school you plan to attend, let us know and we will help.

Please note that as a recipient of a Florida High School Diploma, you are a graduate of the Hernando Adult and Community Education Program and you may participate in our formal Graduation Ceremony. You will receive an information  packet by mail in April.


For additional information or questions
Please E-mail to:

Harry Wilson

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