If you never finished your high school education, there is still the GED (General Education Development) option for you to earn your high school equivalency diploma.
In Georgia, the GED® is one of two options to earn a high school equivalency diploma, the other option is the HiSET® (High School Equivalency Test).
The GED exam contains four separate modules (or subtests) in the academic subject areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts (writing and reading combined).
The HiSET exam has separate reading and writing subtests, so five in total, that can be taken on a computer or in a paper-based format.
Georgia GED testing requirements
- Test-takers cannot already hold a high school or equivalent diploma.
- They cannot be registered for another education program.
- The minimum age to qualify for GED testing in Georgia is 16.
- Applicants under the age of 18 must meet strict additional requirements such as having permission from their school boards and holding parental or guardian consent.
- Under-age applicants must also register for a state-approved GED course for at least 40 hours.
- Under-age testers must also reach passing scores on the GED Ready® test or Aztec Practice Test.
- For applicants 18 and up, there’s no requirement to first pass the GED Ready test.
- In Georgia, there’s no state residency requirement.
Georgia GED online
GED and HiSET test-takers can sit for the exams at one of Georgia’s state-approved testing centers or in an online proctored format.
To be eligible for taking the GED test online, applicants are required to attain scores in the “green” zone (likely to pass) of the GED Ready practice test available at GED.com at $6.99. There is a GED Ready test for each GED subtest, so that will set you back an additional $28 on top of the testing fees.
To qualify for online HiSET testing, the Remote Proctored (R.P.) test, applicants are required to attain passing scores on the HiSET Official Practice Test.
Georgia GED price
In Georgia, the GED testing fee is $40 per subject test (or $160 for the full battery). You can take one test at a time and you only pay for what you take. These prices are for testing at a test center.
If you take the exam online, each sub-exam will set you back $46 so your overall testing fee will be $184. Add to that the cost of four GED Ready tests and you see that it all totals to a staggering $212!
Georgia HiSET price
The HiSET exam, when taking at a test center, can be taken on a computer or in a paper-and-pencil format. Then, the entire exam will set you back $133.75 for the entire computer-based HiSET exam and $181.25 for the paper-based HiSET exam.
You are not required to sit for the four GED or five HiSET modules in one take, the exams are modular, meaning the subtests can be taken separately.
GED scoring takes place on a scale that runs from 100 to 200 and the following scores apply: 100 to 144 is below passing; scores between 145-164 bring you a GED high school equivalency result; 165 to 174 indicates a college-ready score, and a 175 to 200 score will give a college-ready plus college credits score.
HiSET scoring takes place on a 1-20 scale and you must attain at least an 8 score on each subtest, an overall score of no less than 45, and a 2-score (out of 6) for your essay.
The diploma that you’ll receive upon successful completion of the GED or HiSET exam is all over North America recognized just like a common high school diploma by practically every employer, educational institution, or government agency.
How to register for the GED test
To register for the GED exam, you need to go to GED.com and set up your account with the online portal MyGED. Here, you schedule your test appointments and pay for your tests. There’s also lots of great information about everything related to GED testing, academic institutions and their programs, and trends in the employment market.
How to prepare for the GED test
Keep in mind that the GED and HiSET exams are pretty difficult. The passing standards are so tough that some 40 percent of all high school grads would not be able to pass it on the first try!
So taking part in some sort of GED or HiSET prep course to get optimally prepared is not required but highly recommended. There are many Georgia prep sites where (often free) classes are offered and you can get also books and other study materials from your local library or book store.
These days, there are also some pretty good and well-structured online GED preparatory courses available such as the premium course created by ONSEGO. The contents of the HiSET and GED exams are quite similar so you may well use this GED course to get all set for the HiSET exam. Whichever way of studying has your preference, just be sure to become optimally prepared.
It’s all about YOUR future
Your GED diploma will definitely land you a good job and a rewarding career! Today, just about every job, also at the entry-level position, requires applicants to hold at least a secondary education credential (high school or equivalent degree) so what’s holding you back from pursuing your dreams?
If you have a high school or GED diploma, you may expect to make at least some $9.700 more each year than someone who doesn’t have that education degree. So start working toward your GED diploma right away and make sure the future for you and your loved ones will be bright!