General Educational Development (GED) Everything you need to know about GED resources and testing.
Frequently Asked Questions
About the GED
What are the GED Tests?
- The General Educational Development (GED) tests are a group of five multiple choice tests that are designed to measure the general knowledge and thinking skills that it takes to earn a high school diploma.
Why should I take the GED Tests?
- Most employers and colleges require a diploma or its equivalent for employment, promotion, or admission. If you do not own a credential proving that you completed high school, then you could be missing out on special opportunities.
Can I pass the GED Tests?
- Because the tests measure general knowledge and thinking skills, you may be learning at your job or by reading the newspaper each day. Also, the tests are scored for correct answers only. No one is expected to answer all questions correctly. Approximately 60% of those tested in South Carolina each year earn a passing score. But, if it has been a while since you were in school, then it is a good idea to call the adult education office in your local school district. The people there can give you a GED practice test and help you prepare for the actual examination. If you cannot attend classes, you may qualify for the GED Online program offered by your local adult education program. GED lessons are also available on South Carolina Educational Television. Also, ask your employer if there are GED study classes available where you work.
What do I get if I pass the GED Tests?
- The South Carolina Department of Education issues a South Carolina High School Equivalency Diploma to those who successfully pass all five GED tests with an average score of 450, for a total score of 2250 and a minimum score of 410 on each of the five tests.