Notice: College of the Desert will not offer the GED Test examination in the Spring 2023 semester.
General Education Development tests (GED) give adults who have not graduated from high school the opportunity to earn a high school level equivalency certificate.
The total time of the GED test is 7 ½ hours.
Reasoning through Language Arts (3 sections - with a total time of 150 minutes)
Section 1 - Tests all content 35 minutes
Section 2 - Extended Response 45 minutes
Required break 10 minutes
Section 3 -Tests all content 60 minutes
Mathematical Reasoning (1 section 2 parts - with a total time of 115 minutes - parts not timed separately)
Part 1 - (first 5 questions) calculator not allowed
Part 2 - (remaining 41 questions) calculator allowed
Social Studies (2 sections - with a total time of 90 minutes)
Section 1 - tests all content 25 minutes
Section 2 - extended response 65 minutes
Science (1 section - total 90 minutes)
There are two short answer questions included on the test, but they are not timed
Students are expected to manage their time and spend about 10 minutes on each of the short answer questions.
Most postsecondary institutions, licensing boards, and some branches of the armed services accept the GED certificate as they would a traditional high school diploma. Check to be sure of the certificate requirements towards your individual goals.
For more information and testing sites, please call CA State Office of Education's GED website 1-877-392-6433 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Hours; Moday-Friday, 7:00 a.m.-7:00p.m. CT; Closed on local holidays.