What is the GED?
GED stands for General Educational Development. This battery of tests is for people who do not have a high school diploma. If you pass the GED test, you get a high school diploma from the Kansas Board of Regents.
The GED is comprised of four multiple-choice tests with a varying number of questions:
- Writing Skills - This test includes questions that measure your ability to use standard written English clearly and effectively. (35 questions - 75 minutes) and (Essay - 45 minutes)
- Social Studies - Questions are from United States history, economics, geography, political science, and behavioral science. (64 questions - 95 minutes)
- Science - Questions are from the areas of biology, earth science, chemistry, and physics. (66 questions - 95 minutes)
- Understanding Literature and the Arts - Questions are based on passages from newspapers, magazines, literature, and drama. This test requires you to demonstrate an understanding of what is read. (45 questions - 65 minutes)
- Mathematics - Questions cover arithmetic, algebra, and geometry. This test can be passed if competent in arithmetic skills only. (56 questions - 120 minutes)
Who can take the GED?
To be eligible to take the GED tests you must:
- Be at lest 18 years of age OR
- Be 16 or 17 years of age and obtain a Compulsory School Attendance Disclaimer from an official of the school district in which you live
- Have taken the official practice tests at an authorized testing center
- Have a current photo id
How much does the GED cost?
GED orientation classes have a $30 material fee and include the practice test. Practice test without orientation classes is $30. The GED test costs $132 and all subsequent retakes are $10 as well. (See GED testing schedule for testing dates)
Scholarships for GED graduates
Students who obtain their GED may be eligible for tuition scholarships at Labette Community College. Usually, these scholarships are based on financial need. We will help you apply for scholarships if you are interested in taking college-level courses.