Frequently Asked Questions about the GED Testing Process
Who's eligible to take the GED test?
The GED test may be taken by any adult over 18 who is not currently enrolled in a high school program. Individuals between 16 and 18 may take the test series but must present written documentation that includes the following:
- Proof that they have withdrawn from school (withdrawal slip, transcript, or a letter from the counselor).
- Proof that they have a parent or guardian's permission to take the test series; they can provide a letter from a parent or proof of independent living, such as a marriage license, wage receipts, rent receipts, military papers, etc.).
Individuals under 16 years of age cannot take the GED test series and must be enrolled in some type of approved school program (Alaska Statute).
When and where is the test given?
- GED tests are given by appointment. You can complete the test series over a few or several testing sessions. Call Nancy at 235-1601 to schedule GED tests.
- Official GED tests are given at the Kachemak Bay Campus’ Bayview Hall which is located at the corner of Pioneer Ave. and Heath Street.
What does it cost and how do I sign up?
- The cost is $30 for each section of the test, $120 total. Payments must be made online at www.ged.com. If you do not have access to a credit/debit card, please contact Nancy at 235-7743 to set up an alternative method of payment.
- You can sign up for the test at www.ged.com. However, we highly recommend that you make contact with Michelle or Lolita at 235-7743 to find out more about the test before signing up online.
What are the testing conditions?
Tests are administered on the computer, though they are not online. Beware of GED online testing scams! The GED can be taken at an official GED testing center. Only practice tests are available online.
All test materials will be provided for you. You may not use any reference materials in the test room except those provided by the examiner. You may not start a test and finish it at a later date. If you need to leave the test room before the test is completed, that test will be invalid and you will need to start again with another test version. You may take the tests in any order.
What score do I need to get to pass? How do I see my scores?
- Students must pass each section with score of 145 or better.
- Your scores will be available to you at the myGED portal at www.ged.com.
Will KBC help me prepare for the test?
- KBC provides free classes and tutoring to help you prepare for the GED test. Classes are held four days a week, Monday through Thursday. Students may need to purchase their books for these classes.
- Individual instruction is also available in the Learning Resource Center with a Math or Writing Specialist.
- Check myGED for further online resources.
Contact Lolita at (907) 235-1606 mid-August through April to enroll in classes.
Are there special accommodations available?
- French, Spanish, and Braille versions of the test are available by special request. Students with verifiable learning disabilities may request special accommodations to complete the tests.
- Click here for more information about special accommodations.
Where can I learn more about the test and take practice tests?
- Go to myGED.com to sign up. When you create your account, be sure to write down your username, password, and email address. You will need to use these when you take your official exams.
- At this site, you can take a free tutorial that will help you understand how the computer based test works.
- A calculator tutorial is available.
- You can also take a FREE practice test. This is much shorter than official tests, but it will give you a feel for the type of questions that are asked.
- Finally, you can take official practice tests for $6 each. However, if you register for the GED program at KBC, you will be able to take those practice tests for free. Call KBC for more information: (907) 235-7743 or (907) 235-1606.
Will I receive a certificate?
After passing all your official GED exams, you will receive your diploma in the mail directly from GED Testing Services.
When is GED graduation?
Each May, KBC holds a commencement ceremony to recognize students who have earned degrees and other certificates or completed programs on campus. If you would like to participate in this graduation ceremony, please let us know. You will receive invitations to send to family and friends to attend the ceremony and the reception afterwards.