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Get Your GED and Beyond

Many jobs expect you to have your GED or high school diploma before applying. What do you need to do to earn your GED?

What is a GED?

GED stands for General Educational Development. The GED is seen as equal to a high school diploma by most colleges and employers.

The GED is five tests. Passing all five parts of the GED test is the same as completing high school. To earn a diploma from high school, you must successfully finish four years of school. There is a lot of information to learn for the GED.

Plan to Earn Your GED Soon?

Right now, the GED is five written tests. To earn a GED, you must pass all five tests:

  1. Language Arts: Writing (a sentence structure test and an essay test)
  2. Social Studies
  3. Science
  4. Language Arts: Reading
  5. Math

You can take each test one at a time. If you do not pass a test you can take it two more times within one year. Once you have passed all five tests, you have earned your GED diploma.

Plan to Earn Your GED in the Future?

The GED tests will change in the year 2014. You must finish and pass all parts of the tests, and receive an overall required score of 2250 by December 31, 2013. If you do not, you will have to start over with the new version of the test.

Starting in January 2014, the GED tests will be given only by computer. Also, there will be two essays instead of the one that is now required. The new tests are being built around the Common Core State Standards. Some believe that the new tests will be more difficult than the current GED tests.

Adult Basic Education Centers (ABE Centers) offer free classes to help Minnesota residents prepare for the GED tests. You can also take the tests at ABE Centers.

To find an ABE Center, go to the Minnesota Literacy Council's website. It has a search tool to help you learn about ABE centers in your area: www.mnliteracy.org/hotline

Other Educational Options

There are other options available to you. Some you can do before you finish your GED. Most are education or job training options that require you to have a GED before you can start. Find out more about your education options.