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Is the new GED® test only available online or is a paper and pencil test available?

The new 2014 GED® test is only available on computer - not online (you still must go to an official test center to take the test). Paper and pencil tests are no longer a vailable.


Why did the test change?

High school graduation requirements have already changed to meet the increasing demands of a 21st century workforce. The 2014 GED® test has now changed to reflect the candidate’s ability to be competitive in college and career readiness in a technologically rich global economy.


Who is eligible to take the 2014 GED® test?

The test is available to all adults 18 years of age or older who are not currently enrolled in public school.


Do I need to show ID to be able to test?

Yes, official government issued photo ID m ust be produced in order to be admitted into the test room. Valid driver’s licenses, valid passports, military IDs, or oth er forms of government-issued (national or foreign) identification that show name, address, date of birth, signature, an d photograph are all acceptable forms of identification. A second backup ID is required that also shows signature.


How many subjects does the 2014 GED® te st have? Are the tests timed?

The 4 subjects on the new 2014 GED® test are timed: Reasoning through Language Arts (150 minutes), Mathematical Reasoning (115 minutes), Science (90 minutes), and Social Studies (70 minutes).


Is the new GED® test offered in Spanish?

Yes, the 2014 GED® test is offered in both English and Spanish.


Is there an essay on the test?

There are writing opportunities on the 2014 test but they are different from the 2002 GED® test essay.  Reasoning through Language Arts has an extended response question where the test taker is given a passage to read and then write a brief response using the passage as reference.


What is the passing score?

  • Below Passing: 100-144

  • GED® Passing Score: 145-164

  • GED® College Ready: 165-174

  • GED® College Ready + Credit: 175-200


History  of the GED® Test 

To date, there have been five generations of the GED® test: the original GED® test released in 1942, the 1978 series, the 1988 series, 2002 series, and the new assessment that launched on January 2, 2014.






While the academic content areas in which candidates are assessed—English language arts (reading/writing), social studies, science, and mathematics—have not changed, the priorities and assumptions by which proficiency in these areas is assessed have evolved. Since the GED® test assesses academic skills and knowledge typically developed in a four-year high school education program, it is of utmost importance to GED Testing Service that the GED® test continues to evolve as secondary education evolves.

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Contact West Piedmont Regional

270 South Main Street Suite 240

Rocky Mount, VA 24151


​Tel: 1-888-433-4255

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