What is a GED® credential?

What is a GED® test? Learn everything you need to know about the GED® credential.
what is a GED

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:

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Which test can I take in my state?

This is for your information only. States may change what tests they allow. You should check with your individual state to find out the most recent information.
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