The GED® (General Education Development) exam contains four subject tests in the areas of Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA), Science, Mathematical Reasoning (MATH), and Social Studies. Each of the four subtests costs $37.50 (so $150 for the entire GED battery).
Michigan High School Equivalency Testing Requirements
- You cannot already possess a high school diploma
- You cannot be already signed up for another school program
- You must be at least 18 years old. 16/17 year-olds may qualify if they hold permission from their school board and have parental consent
Michigan does not have state residency requirement and you are also not required to attend a GED prep course but as the GED is a rather challenging exam, you are strongly advised to get well-prepared either in a physical prep class or by following a good online course.
If you need to apply for some accommodation, do so timely via the website GED.com or see if your local testing site can help you with that.
The four GED modules are scored on a 100-200 scale. Below passing is 100-144; high school equivalency is 145-164; college-ready is 165-174; college-ready plus college credit is 175-200.
The GED test is for adults who never completed their high school education and gives successful test takers a high school equivalency credential that is accepted in practically all North American colleges and universities in the same way as a regular HS diploma.
GED holders can continue their academic education and the degree will lead to far better employment options. Workers with a secondary education degree will earn up to $10.000 more annually than workers without the degree.
Online GED testing is not possible. Websites telling you a different story are fraudulent. Appearance at one of Michigan designated GED testing sites is required and don’t forget to bring proper photo identification!
The GED exam is totally computerized and you have the option to take one of the four subtests (modules) at a time and scores count for two years from your first moment of registration. To be able to take the tests, you need to set up your account at GED.com.
Registration, test scheduling, and payments must all be done online and paper-based testing is no option anymore.
The latest version of the GED exam was introduced in early 2014 and revamping the exam was needed to ensure it got back in line with college requirements and employer expectations. The tests are timed as follows: Reasoning Through Language Arts or Literacy: 155 minutes (including a short break); Mathematical Reasoning: 135 minutes; Science: 90 minutes; Social Studies: 70 minutes.