The GED® test last about 7 and a half hours:


Reasoning Through Language Arts: test 150 minutes long and is broken down into three sections:

Section 1 (35 minutes*) tests all content

Section 2 (45 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the testStudent break (10 minutes)

Section 3 (60 minutes*)


Mathematical Reasoning: test is 115 minutes and is one single section.

Part 1 – (first 5 questions) calculators not allowed

Part 2 – (remaining 41 test questions) calculators allowed.


Social Studies: test is 90 minutes and is broken into two sections:

Section 1 (65 minutes) tests all content

Section 2 (25 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test


Science: test is 90 minutes long and is one single section.

There are two Short Answer questions included on the test, but they are not timed separately.

Students are expected to manage their time and spend about 10 minutes on each of the Short Answer questions.


 The 2014 GED® test is a four-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers. The four subjects are: Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts. After you pass the GED® test, your diploma or credential will be issued by your state but you’ll receive a GED® transcript to apply to college, start training, or get a better job.



The GED® test will have a passing score of 150 on each test part. Therefore, you will need to reach a score of at least 150 on each part and a total score of 600 across the four-part to receive your GED® test credential. You may also earn an “Honors” score if you receive a score of 170 on a test part. Scores are available the same day you test on under the My Scores section at (registration required).

Below Passing: 100 – 149

Passing Score: 150 – 169

Honors Passing Score: 170 – 200







The price of the initial test is set by each state and varies based on where you take the test. The price of the retest also varies based on where you retest. GED Testing Service® will waive its fees for retests of failed subject tests and both states and test centers will have the option to do the same.For example: The price of a GED® subject test in a state is $35 (which includes a $10 test center fee and a $5 state fee). You would pay $35 for your first subject. If you were to fail that subject, you would be eligible for discounted retests. In this example where the test center and state do not waive their fees, you would pay $15 for each retest of the failed subject. If the test center and state waive their individual fees, the retest would be free of charge.​