GED Test FAQ
How will I benefit from a Kansas State High School Diploma?
Congratulations on taking one of the most important steps of your life -- earning your Kansas State High School diploma!
The overwhelming majority of jobs in this country require a high school diploma. A Kansas State High School Diploma is accepted by employers.
A Kansas State High School Diploma is accepted at most colleges and universities across the country as proof that you have completed your high school education. Some colleges, including Butler County Community College, even have special scholarship programs for graduates.
By earning their diploma, many graduates experience a remarkable improvement in how they feel about themselves and their lives. It makes a difference!
Income increases with your level of education. A better job usually means better pay. According to the US Census Bureau, over a lifetime, a GED graduate will earn $200,000 more than a high school dropout.
Educated parents have better educated children. Earning a Kansas State High School Diploma isn't only an investment in yourself, it is also an investment in the future of your children.
What are the GED Tests?
The GED Tests are five tests in the areas of Language Arts, Writing; Social Studies; Science; Language Arts, Reading; and Mathematics. The questions in each of these tests require you to use general knowledge and thinking skills. Few questions ask about facts, details, or definitions. Even though you have not finished high school, you have probably gained knowledge and skills through experience, reading, and informal training. The GED Tests are designed to measure the important knowledge and skills, usually learned during four years of high school, that you may have obtained in a different manner.
Am I Eligible to take the GED Tests?
You are eligible to take the tests if you are not enrolled in, and have not graduated from, high school, are over 18 years of age, and have passed the Official GED Practice Test with qualifying scores, scheduled for testing and paid all fees at an adult education center within the past six months. If you are between the ages of 16-18 years of age, you must have a disclamer from your school district of current residence to be eligible for an adult education program or the Official GED Practice Test.
What are the GED Tests Like?
All questions on the GED Tests are multiple choice with five possible answers. With the exception of Part II of the Writing, Language Arts Test, which requires you to write a short essay, and the Mathematics Test, which allows the use of a calculator on Part 1 and has standard grid and coordinate planes as well as multiple choice formats. The questions range in difficulty from easy to hard and cover a wide range of subjects.
The contents of the tests are as follows:
Language Arts, Writing Part I (50 questions, 75 minutes)
Language Arts, Writing Part II (essay, 45 minutes)
Social Studies (50 questions, 70minutes)
Science (50 questions, 80 minutes)
Language Arts, Reading (40 questions, 65 minutes)
Mathematics Part I (25 questions, 45 minutes) - Calculator (Casio fx260 solar scientific) use allowed.
Mathematics Part II (25 questions, 45 minutes)
What if I need testing accommodations?
If you have a documented disability that could keep you from taking the GED Tests in the way they are usually given, you might be entitled to receive testing accommodations.
Accommodations are available for people with (but not limited to) the following:
If you have a disability that can be documented by a qualified professional, you should contact the local GED Examiner to request the proper forms at least one month prior to the scheduled test date. The GED Examiner will explain the process required to request testing accommodations. Each request is considered on an individual basis. There is no additional testing cost for accommodations.
How are the GED Tests scored?
GED test scores are reported in two ways, in standard scores and in percentile ranks.
Standard Scores on all five GED Tests range from 200 to 800. A score of 450 represents the average performance of graduating high school seniors. The minimum standard score required to earn a Kansas State High School diploma is set so that approximately 30 percent of graduating high school seniors would not pass the GED Tests.
Percentile Ranks on the GED Tests are used to compare an individual's scores to those of a nationally representative sample of graduating high school seniors. A percentile rank is the percentage of graduating high school seniors who earned a certain standard score. This means that a GED examinee whose standard score on mathematics has a percentile rank of 62 has done as well as or better than 62 percent of graduating high school seniors in math.
How should I prepare for the tests?
We welcome your enrollment in the Butler Adult Education program. Many adult education programs sponsored by local school districts, colleges, and even community organizations, provide the instruction you may need for the tests. You can talk to the instructors at these adult education programs to decide whether you need to study for all of the tests, or if you only need to brush-up your skills in a few areas. There is also a television series carried by cable television and most public television stations throughout the country. You can locate numerous helpful websites through an internet search. Libraries, bookstores, and the Butler Adult Education Department also carry GED study materials. To find out where adult educations programs are located across the state click here.
What are the Adult Basic Education class requirements?
Can I get letters of reccomendation?
With a 24-hour notice, we can provide you with letters of recommendation and/or reports regarding your progress, attendance and/or enrollment.
What are the fees?
There is a $25 material fee for each Adult Basic Education session. The Official GED Practice Test has a testing fee of $40. The Official GED Test has a testing fee of $85.
Is there a graduation?
If you successfully complete your GED exam by March 30, you will be eligible to participate in Butler's graduation ceremony in May. There is a small fee for the cap, gown, and diploma cover. Many students choose to attend Graduation as this may be the first time they are honored for their academic achievements. After the ceremony, a short celebration is held in the Kansas Room for graduates and their families. We really LOVE to honor our graduates!
Are there any resources for GED prep recommended for independent study?
Below are some links to web pages that the Adult Education Instructors recommend for independent study:
What should I do next?
Butler Adult Education Department can design a program geared to meet your needs. Call today for more information - 316-323-6074