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 1. What subjects will the GED® cover?

The new test has 4 content areas – Reasoning through Language Arts, Math, Science and Social    Studies. It will measure knowledge and skills that are essential for career and college readiness.

2. Can I take all four of the tests in one day?

Many local testing locations only offer testing in either the morning or afternoon. While it may be possible to take them all in one day, it is not a good idea. The tests are long and tiring. If you take two in the morning and come back to take two more in the afternoon, you many not be at your best.. The total test time is about 7 ½ hours.

3. What happens if I already passed some sections on the GED®?

All of your scores prior to January 1, 2014 have expired. You will have to start over and take all subtests of the new computerized version. All test scores after January 1, 2014 are retained in the system.

4. How has the new computer-based GED® test changed from the old test?

The new GED® test will require more critical thinking and problem solving skills, basic computer skills, and more difficult math questions.   It will include multiple choice and essay questions as well as short answer, extended response, fill-in-the blank, drag-and-drop questions. Click here for a chart comparing the old and new GED® tests.

5. How has the Language Arts part of the test changed?

On the old Language Arts test, 75% focuses on literary texts (drama, poetry, fiction) while 25% focuses on non-fiction passages. On the new test, 75% will focus on non-fiction passages and 25% on fiction. You will read complex texts 450 to 900 words in length, analyze arguments, and use text-based evidence (quotations) to support your reasoning.

6. How has the math part of the test changed?

On the old math test, 25% focused on algebra, while on the new test it is 55%. Students will be required to use the TI-30sx calculator provided on the computer screen or provided by the test center. Also, the Science and Social Studies sections of the new test require statistical and data interpretation.

7. How long does it take to complete the entire GED® test?

The test will be about seven and a half hours long, with the timing as follows: 

  • Reasoning through Language Arts - 150 minutes (including a 10 minute break)
  • Mathematical Reasoning - 115 minutes
  • Science - 90 minutes
  • Social Studies - 90 minutes

8. When will I get my scores?

You will be able to see your scores online about three hours after you finish the test.

9. Can students take sections of the new GED® test in any order?

Yes, one of the advantages of the computer-based registration and scheduling system is that students can register and schedule for only those parts of the test that they are ready to take.

10. What happens if I only pass some of the sections of the current GED®?

You should study the area you fail either on your own or in a GED® preparation program. Contact your local Adult Education program for classes. After further preparation you can take that section again. You don’t have to take all the parts over, only the parts that you did not pass.

11.   In order to register for the GED® test, an individual should:

  • be a resident of Connecticut;
  • be 17 years of age or older and officially withdrawn from school for at least six months;
  • not be enrolled in school; and
  • not have graduated from high school.

Individuals whose high school diplomas are from unaccredited high schools or individuals, who have secondary school diplomas from countries outside the United States and Canada, are eligible to take the GED® test if they meet all other eligibility requirements.

12. How should I prepare for the GED® Test?

  • It is recommended that all applicants enroll in a free GED® preparation class. Click here to view orientation information.
  • In order to attend GED® prep classes you MUST ATTEND orientation.
  • Get the GED® Book available in libraries and bookstores, but many are designed for the old test. Make sure that your preparation is focused on the new test.
  • Sign up to take a practice test at East Hartford Adult Education.
  • Click here  to go to free online practice tests.

13. What will the GED® prep class cover?

There are separate classes available covering Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. They will help you develop the important skills needed to pass the test. Practice tests are administered.

14.   How can I register for the GED® preparation classes?

You must be 17 years of age to attend GED® preparation classes. Click here to get information about where and when to register or call (860) 622-5355 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday, 9:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m.

15. What is the cost for GED® preparation classes?

There is no cost for East Hartford residents to take GED® preparation classes. There is a fee for non residents.

16. What if I have a high school diploma from a country outside the United States and Canada?

If you have a high school diploma from a country outside the United States and Canada, you are eligible to take the GED® Test if you meet all other eligibility and identity requirements.

17. What do I need to bring to the test each day?

You need to bring your testing confirmation and your valid photo ID to the test every day.

18. What can I bring into the testing room?


You will be given an erasable noteboard and access to an on-screen calculator and/or handheld calculator for certain subjects. Cell phones are strictly forbidden in the testing room. If you are found with a cell phone during testing, you will be escorted out and your test will not be scored.

Other personal items (such as handbags, backpacks, wallets, keys, etc.) are not allowed in the testing room. Storage is available, but limited.


19. Can I take a break during the test?

You will  be given a 10-minute scheduled break between each module. Unscheduled breaks are allowed but time is taken from the test. 


20. What happens if I am late for the test?

You are required to be at the testing site 15 minutes before the test is scheduled to begin.

21. What is the GED® practice test?

The GED® practice test is a reliable predictor of performance on the GED® test. It is divided into five sub-test areas, and is half as long as the actual GED® test. The score from the practice test will help you decide whether self-study is a reasonable option. To schedule a practice test, contact East Hartford Adult Education at (860) 622-5355 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday, 9:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m.

22. What accommodations are available on the test for people with disabilities?

If you have a documented physical, sensory, emotional, or specific learning disability that may negatively affect your chances of passing the test, accommodations are available. For example, the test is available in Braille, on audio, and in large print. It may be possible to get extended time, supervised breaks, use of an audio version, calculator, scribe, and, in some instances, a private room for testing. Click here to learn more.

23. How can I apply for GED® accommodations if I have a disability?

          Click here for more information.

For additional information, call CT State GED® Administrator at (860) 807-2102 or contact Carol Enes at (860) 622-5355.

24. What computer skills will I need for the new GED® test?

The new test will be administered on the computer and the following skills are required:

  • Mousing skills – click, drag and drop, scroll
  • Keyboarding skills—cut, copy, paste, undo/redo, insert, enter & hard return, spacing, backspace, highlight.
  • Typing an essay on the computer.

25. How can I develop the computer skills that the new test requires?

26. Where will the new GED® test be given?

You will be able to take the new test at sites throughout the state. Check with the Adult Education office for an updated list of locations. 

27. Why did the GED® Testing Service change the test?

A GED® test graduate must remain competitive with students who obtain their high school credentials in a traditional manner. Mastering the skills measured on the new test will make it more likely that you will be able to transition to a better career and a family-sustaining wage, or to postsecondary education. The GED® Testing Service wanted to align the new test with the Common Core State Standards which have been adopted by K-12 schools to guide their curriculum.

28.   If I have questions about GED® not answered here, what can I do?

You can call (860) 622-5355 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday, 9:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m.

Click here for more information


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