The Writing Test covers sentence structure, usage , and mechanics. The test also includes an essay on a provided topic.
The Social Studies Test contains reading and questions drawn from United States history, economics, geography, civics/government, and work history. Students are asked to use basic principles, explain meanings, draw conclusions, and identify causes and effects. Some of the questions may test the student’s ability to find information contained in graphs, charts, and maps.
The Science Test covers life sciences, earth and space, chemistry, and physics. The student is tested on basic principles and ideas. Some of the questions may test the student’s ability to find information contained in graphs, charts, and maps.
The Reading Test requires students to read passages from sources such as newspapers, magazines, prose literature, poetry, nonfiction, and drama. The test measures the student’s ability to comprehend, apply, and analyze literary sections.
The Mathematics Test involves arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics. Questions may ask the student to interpret charts, graphs, tables, or diagrams. The use of calculators, slide rules, or other mechanical aids is not permitted on half the test, the use of a scientific calculator (which is supplied) is needed on the other half.
To pass the GED examination, one must score a minimum of 2,250 points; this requires an average score of at least 450 on each test. The minimum passing score for an individual test is 410, (out of a possible total of 800). If the score obtained is lower than 410, the test must be retaken. A test can be retaken up to three times in one year. The testing fee is charged for each test repeated.
For people with disabilities, the GED tests are available in Braille, in large print version, and on audio-cassettes. Accommodations for disabilities must be requested well in advance of the desired testing date, since approval by the Vermont Department of Education is required.
Upon successful completion of the five GED tests, the student will receive a high school equivalency certificate from the Vermont Department of Education.