What is a GED® credential?
What is a GED® test? Learn everything you need to know about the GED® credential.
What is a GED® test?
What is a GED® test? The GED® test is a test of your knowledge. The name GED® is short for General Education Diploma. Passing the GED® test shows you have the same knowledge and skills as a person who graduated from high school in the United States.
Why is it important?
Many Americans and some refugees and immigrants were not able to finish high school. Without a high school diploma, it can be hard to get a good job and succeed in the United States. But if you pass the GED® test, you get a diploma (certificate) from your state. It is called a high school equivalency (HSE) diploma, so you may sometimes see or hear your test referred to as an HSE test.
The GED® diploma says you have the same skills as someone who completed high school. This is a big accomplishment! Not only will you gain an education, but you will have better job choices.
What’s on the GED® test?
There are four subjects on the test: social studies, science, math, and language arts (reading and writing). The RCO’s free online GED® classes cover each subject on the tests. You can start a class whenever you are ready. You can learn more about what’s on the tests.
What can I do now?
Does my state offer the GED® credential?
You cannot take the GED® test in every state. Look at the table below to find out which test is offered in your state. If your state does not offer GED® test, it’s okay! You can still get a diploma that is just as good. Click one of these links to learn more about the test you can take in your state:
Which test can I take in my state?
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