HiSET/GED Definition

The General Educational Development (GED) Test is designed for people who, for various reasons, did not graduate from high school but want a certificate equivalent to the traditional high school diploma. The 2014 GED Test is administered on a computer at an authorized Pearson VUE Testing Center. The GED test will be about 7.5 hours long with the timing for each module as follows:

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

Many examinees are able to pass the test battery without special preparation. However, a number of GED instructional programs in the Bay Area offer a practice test to those who have questions about their abilities to pass the real test. GED preparation classes are offered at various City College campuses free of charge to potential examinees.

Currently, the GED Test is given in English. Modifications and special accommodations for learning or physically disabled students can be provided with advance arrangements with the Chief Examiner and with State GED approval.

According to the American Council on Education, among the many benefits of the GED program, passing the GED Test provides an apportunity for adults to continue their education. In fact, 93 percent of colleges and universities accept GED graduates who meet their other qualifications for admission. A GED diploma documents that you have high school level skills. About 96 percent of employers accept the GED diploma as equal to a traditional high school diploma.