Although earning a GED (General Educational Development) diploma can be a challenge, it will probably be the best thing you ever do for yourself. If you do not have a high school diploma, passing the GED test and getting the diploma can lead to a better paying job, higher wages, and more opportunities. Below is some information about the Nebraska GED that will help you earn this valuable education credential.
Nebraska GED Test Format
The Nebraska GED test is administered and regulated by the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE). It is designed to ensure that the people who pass it are on the same educational level as high school seniors. Candidates will have to answer questions on five subjects that are taught in high school:
- Language Arts: Reading
- Language Arts: Writing
- Social Studies
The test takes approximately 7 hours to complete. There are 240 questions and one essay question. You do not need any specialized knowledge for the essay test. The purpose of the essay question is to evaluate your writing skills. All of the other questions on the test are multiple-choice with five possible answers. While you will need a calculator for the math exam, the testing center will provide you with one.
Passing the Nebraska GED Exam
While each test is scored individually and are worth between 200 and 800, you must earn a cumulative score of 2250 to pass the GED exam. Any test that scores below 410 will automatically be failed and you will have to retake it before you will be awarded your diploma.
In Nebraska, there is a 60 day waiting period between retakes. You can bypass the waiting period if you can furnish proof that you have studied for the test. For example, taking a GED prep course and submitting the transcript for the class may be enough to earn a waiver for the waiting period.
Who is Eligible to Take the Nebraska GED Test?
The Nebraska Department of Education lists the following eligibility requirements for taking the GED exam:
- 18 years of age or older
- Resident of Nebraska for at least 30 days prior to applying
- Unable to get a diploma from the last school attended, or
- It has been one year since your class graduated from high school
Teens aged 16 and 17 can take the GED exam, but must submit additional paperwork such as the NDE Form #12-003, a letter explaining the circumstances of your withdrawal from school, and proof of withdrawal. More information about the eligibility requirements for underage candidates can be found on the Nebraska Department of Education website or you can contact the GED testing center in your area.
Nebraska GED Registration Information
To register for the GED exam, you must submit an application and supporting documents to an official GED testing facility. A list of centers can be found on the NDE website (www.education.ne.gov). You will need to bring identification that shows proof of your age such as a driver’s license or birth certificate. It is best to contact the testing center nearest you to confirm what you should bring when you register for the test.
The maximum cost of the test is $75, which must be paid at the time of registration.
Preparing for the Nebraska GED
The Internet makes it very easy for people to prepare for the GED test. You can find a number of resources online such as online GED prep classes, study guides, and practice exams. This allows you to study for the exam in your own time and when it is convenient for you to do so.
If you prefer the structure of a classroom, you can take GED prep courses at your local college or adult education center. Study guides can also be purchased from online and offline bookstores or checked out from the library.