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GED Information

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What is GED Testing?

The 2014 GED test is a four-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers. The four subjects are:

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Reasoning Through Language Arts

After you pass the GED test, your diploma or credential will be issued by the state, and in addition, you ll receive a GED transcript to apply to college, start training, or get a better job. The test is part of the 2014 GED program, the only high school equivalency program built to help adults qualify for college, training, or a good job with good wages.

Know the facts:

  • The 2014 GED test takes a little more than seven hours to complete, but each section can be completed individually to break up the test.
  • Minimum score of 145 on each test subject
    • GED Passing Score: 145
    • GED College Ready: 165
  • The 2014 GED test will cost $30 per each of the 4 modules, for a total of $120.
  • You must pass a GED Ready: The Official Practice Test prior to registering for the actual GED test.

For upcoming test dates or more information about registering to take the GED, contact Pam Buchanan.

Taking a GED class

There is no cost to enroll in a GED class. We furnish your books, paper, pencils and all study materials. Adult Education orientation is required prior to attending class and is held twice a week. Call 270-831-9648 to enroll.

Small group classes are designed to meet your needs. Classes are based on your skill level and you progress to the next level when you are ready. The length of time it takes to earn your GED depends on your commitment, how hard you work, and how often you come in to one of our centers.

2014 GED Test Information

Reasoning through Language Arts:

  • There is a reading comprehension component and a writing component.
  • 3 hours to complete
  • 75% of texts are informational-nonfiction and workplace contexts. (No poetry!)
  • Writing: analysis of arguments & use of evidence, structure, clarity, grammar, usage.

Social Studies:

  • 75 minutes to complete
  • Topics Covered:
    • Economics
    • U.S. History
    • Geography & the World
    • Civics and Government


  • 75 minutes to complete
  • Includes short answer questions
  • Topics Covered:
    • Earth & Space Science
    • Life Science
    • Physical Science


  • 115 Minutes
  • On-screen calculator will be provided
  • A variety of item types are used in the test, including multiple-choice, drag-and-drop, hot spot, and fill-in-the-blank.
  • Two sections:
    • Short calculator-prohibited section
    • Longer calculator-allowed section