GED TEST - High School Equivalency Diploma

Indiana General Educational Development (GED) Test Fact Sheet

What is the GED Test?

The GED Test offers adults who left school an opportunity to earn a high school credential. GED

examinees must demonstrate major skills (twelfth grade competencies that would have been acquired in

a four year high school education) in a battery of tests covering five major subject areas.

Language Arts: Writing

The Writing Skills Test consists of two parts. The score for this test is a combination of both scores.

Part I (Time Limit - 75 minutes)

This is a multiple-choice test of the ability to edit and correct problems in sentence structure, usage,

mechanics, and organization.

Part II The Essay (Time Limit- 45 minutes)

Examinees must respond to an essay question in writing. The essay question presents an issue or

situation with which examinees are familiar. Two trained readers according to a method called holistic

scoring score the essay section of the Writing Skills Test independently.

Social Studies

(Time Limit- 70 minutes)

The Social Studies Test measures the ability to comprehend and use information in the content areas of

history, economics, civics, government, geography, and world history. The focus of this test is assessing

the examinees’ ability to use concepts and information to solve problems or answer problems.


(Time Limit- 80 minutes)

The Science Test measures the ability to comprehend and use information in the content areas of life

sciences, the physical sciences, also earth and space science.

Language Arts: Reading

(Time Limit- 65 minutes)

This test measures examinees’ ability to comprehend and answer questions about literary selections from

popular literature and nonfiction prose, such as business documents.


(Time Limit- 90 minutes)

Part 1- Permits use of calculator provided by testing site, the Casio fx- 260 Solar calculator.

Part 2- No calculator permitted. Focuses on mental math.

The Mathematics Test measures problem-solving skills in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, data, statistics

and probability. The focus is on the ability to solve problems in realistic contexts. Item sets on the test

may involve analyzing multiple pieces of information--charts, graphs, and tables.

Am I eligible to take the GED Test?

If you meet all of the following qualifications, you may take the test:

T You are at least 17 years of age. (Only 17 year-olds must provide this documentation)

- Indiana exit interview showing withdrawal from school

- Passing GED practice test scores

T You have lived in Indiana a minimum of 30 days immediately preceding the testing.

T You have NOT earned a high school diploma from an accredited United States high school.

How may I prepare to take the test?

You may wish to enroll in an adult basic education program, which provides free, individualized instruction

year round for adults who have not earned a high school diploma. For information, check with your local

high school or call 317-232-0522.

You may wish to prepare on your own. Many self-study books for the GED are available in bookstores

and libraries. They are usually titled something like, How to Prepare for the High School Equivalency

Exam. Also be sure that the books give explanations of the correct answers to sample test questions.

What is GED on TV?

GED on TV is a learn at home project. PBS broadcasts test preparation lessons. For more information

call toll free, 1-877-GEDONTV or 1-877-433-6688

How much does it cost to take the test?

In Indiana, it will cost up to $60 to take the GED Test, depending on the testing site. The cost covers all

five sub-tests. The cost to take one or more individual sub-tests will vary from $6-$10. You should

register and pay ahead to take the test. Bring photo I.D. and at least two other pieces of identification.

No study aids (such as dictionaries or notes) are allowed. If you are 17 years of age, bring the required

documentation when you registered

Where can I take the test?

There are over 70 testing centers in Indiana. They can be found in high schools, vocational school

facilities, or career centers. Be sure to call for the testing schedule at a site near you. Each testing center

sets its own schedule for testing. It is best to register and pay ahead to test. For a list of testing sites, call

317-232-0522 or visit our website:


How long do I have to complete the test?

More than seven hours are needed to complete the five tests. It is recommended that the tests be taken

over a two-day period or longer. You may take as long as five weeks to finish the five sub-tests. All tests

must be completed within 35 days after you take the first one.

What scores do I need to pass?

You must score at least 410 points on each individual sub-test out of 800 possible and have at least 2250

total points to average 450 for the whole test.

What if I fail the GED Test?

You may retest as many times as needed to pass. After a waiting period, you may retake the sub-tests

with scores below the minimum. A score of 2150-2240 requires a 30-day waiting period. Scores of 2140

and below require a 90-day waiting period. There is a six-month wait to test after two failures to give you

more time to study.

Do I get a high school diploma if I pass the GED Test?

No, if you pass, you will be eligible to receive a GED High School Equivalency

Diploma issued by the state of Indiana.

Content and Time Limits: English Edition of the GED Tests

Test Name, Content, and Percentage of Total Test

Number of Questions

and Time Limits

LANGUAGE ARTS: WRITING -Part 1-multiple choice

50 items, 75 minutes

Sentence Structure 30%

Organization 15%

Usage 30%

Mechanics (capitalization and punctuation) 25%


1 essay, 45 minutes


50 items, 70 minutes

U.S. History 25%

Civics and Government 25%

Economics 20%

World History 15%

Geography 15%


50 items, 80 minutes

Life Science (Biology) 45%

Earth and Space Science 20%

Physical Science- Chemistry, and Physics 35%


40 items, 65 minutes

Literary Text 75%

Nonfiction Prose 25%

MATHEMATICS - Part 1-calculator Part 2-no calculator permitted

50 items, 90 minutes

Numbers, Number sense and Operations 25%

Measurement and Geometry 25%

Data, Statistics, and Probability 25%

Algebra, Functions, and Patterns 25%

Indiana Department of Education

Division of Adult Education

Room 229, State House

Indianapolis , IN 46204-2798


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