A Guide to the Delaware GED

While it is true that many people have achieved high levels of success without a formal education, the vast majority of people must have the right educational credentials if they want to get ahead in life. If you don’t have your high school diploma, you may be hindering your progress in life. Here is information on how to get the Delaware General Educational Development (GED) certificate, a high school diploma equivalent, which will open the door to many of life’s opportunities.

What is the GED Exam?

The Delaware GED Exam tests your knowledge of five subjects taught to high school students:

  •  Language arts: Reading
  •  Language arts: Writing
  •  Social studies
  •  Science
  •  Math

Although the majority of the test is multiple-choice questions, you must complete an essay in the language arts writing section. This part of the test is read and graded by a person. You don’t need any special expertise for this part of the exam. The goal is to see how well you write and test your command of the English language. The math portion of the test is divided into two parts as well, but you can only use a calculator for the first part. You will have a maximum of 7.5 hours to complete the exam.

What Happens If I Fail the Test?

To pass the Delaware GED test, you must earn a score of 2,250. This is an average of 450 per test. Any test that scores below 410 will be given a failing grade. You can retake the parts you failed, but there is a 45-day waiting period between retests. However, the entire exam must be completed before you can retake any section. So if you did not finish the test for one reason or another, you won’t be able to retake any portion of it until you do.

What are the Delaware GED Eligibility Requirements?

If you want to take the Delaware GED, you must be a resident or work in the state. The minimum age to take the test is 18, but 16 and 17 year olds can take the exam as long as they can provide proof that they have withdrawn from school. Those under 18 may also need to provide notarized permission forms from their parents or guardians.

Information About Registering for the GED Exam

To register for the exam, you must submit an application to an official GED testing facility or through their website ( www.doe.k12.de.us). You are also required to take the practice GED test before you can take the official one. When you go to the facility to take the test, you must present a government-issued identification like a driver’s license or state ID.

The fee for the practice GED test is $35. It is $75 for the official test, but veterans and people under 21 may have this fee waived.

Tips for Preparing for the Exam

It is important to spend time preparing for the test if you want to pass it, particularly if you haven’t been in school for several years. How you prepare for the test will depend a lot on your needs and personality. If you prefer to study on your own, you can buy GED study guides or use Internet resources to review the material you will need to know for the test. For people that prefer more structure, you can take a GED preparation class that will help you improve your reading, writing, and math skills. Study materials can be purchased at online and offline retailers and classes can be taken at community colleges or online.

 

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