The General Educational Development (GED) Test is a test taken on a computer (offline) by people who have been unable to obtain their High School diploma. This is a nationally recognized High School equivalency program used to measure the skills and knowledge corresponding to this educational level in the United States and Canada.
The GED test may be taken by all the people who were unable to obtain a diploma for any reason, either due to migration issues, lack of interest, or personal problems.
One of the most important benefits of the GED test is that it is also available in Spanish, French and it also has accessibility options for the visually impaired, such as tests with increased font size, audiotapes, and a Braille version.
The test is divided into five groups of subjects in which the person concerned will demonstrate his/her knowledge: mathematics, reading, science, social studies, and writing.
There are currently more than 3,500 places where the GED test is administered throughout the United States and Canada; generally these tests are carried out in high schools facilities.
The cost of the test varies depending on the state in which it is taken and it may range from US$45 to US$120.
It is very important that the person interested in taking the GED test be prepared very well before doing so because that will determine the success or failure of the evaluation.
The GED test lasts approximately 7 hours and 40 minutes.
Grades range from 100 to 200 and they can be classified as follows:
Failing Grade: 100-149 Passing Grade: 150-169 Pass with Merit Grade: 170-200
In case of passing the exam, the state will issue a high school certificate and a transcript that can be used to apply for college, for a better job or to enter a training program.
The Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) is a test designed to allow the people who did not get their high school diploma to obtain it through an evaluation.
The TASC standardizes the level of knowledge acquired during high school.
This evaluation is helpful for people who were unable to obtain their high school diploma in due time and manner; in many cases this is due to the fact that they have undocumented immigrant status in the United States.
TASC uses five large groups of subjects to assess knowledge of applicants: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.
Unlike the GED test, which is administered in a computer version only, the TASC may be taken in printed version by those who request it.
The exam can be taken in English and Spanish; additionally, it can also be taken in audio form, large print and Braille modes for the visually impaired.
The TASC costs US$52, which includes two additional free attempts, in the event the applicant fails. If the student does not pass in the two additional opportunities, they will have to pay US$18 per attempt. Administrative fees vary from state to state and they are not included in the aforementioned costs.
Once he/she passes the TASC, the applicant receives an equivalency of his/her high school studies that can allow access to college or to a job according to his/her abilities.
In the United States, adults who abandoned high school before graduating have another way to obtain a high school degree.
The HiSET exam is one of the three tests the states and territories of the United States use to measure high school equivalency skills. The General Educational Development (GED) and the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) are the other options. Some states offer only one of these tests. Other states offer all three and you can decide which one to take.
What this means is that, through the tests, you can demonstrate that you have the same skills and knowledge as a high school graduate.
Once you pass the test, your state or jurisdiction will issue you a high school equivalency certificate or a high school equivalency diploma.
The exam has eligibility requirements and they are determined by each state and generally involve:
- Age: the majority of states have a minimum age for the test, but many also have exceptions.
- Status of enrollment in school: the majority of states require that you officially withdraw from school or participate in a Options, Youth, Work contest or another similar program to take a high school equivalency exam.
- Residency: some states require that you live in the state to take the exam there.
- Practice test or instruction: many states require educational instruction for adults before taking the test.
- Identification: you need a photo ID to verify your identity and age the day of the exam before the test can begin.