The General Equivalency Diploma test is available in two test formats, but there are many different ways to actually complete your GED. Some people choose to sit down for seven hours in a row to finish the entire test; others take one subject at a time. Some people choose the traditional paper test and some people register online for the computer test. Everyone is different and has different needs, so consider that you might need to take your test in a different way than other people. Most people don’t know the options they have until they’ve already made their plans, so take a minute to consider how you will take your GED test.
The paper-and-pencil test has been the main format of the GED test for decades. This traditional format requires that test-takers fill out their answers as they go and handwrite essays for the Writing section. You can take subjects individually or all five at once, but there is a high cost for individual subject tests in the paper format. Starting in 2014, this option will no longer be available in most states and candidates will be required to take the computer format of the test unless they have already started a paper format test.
2. Computerized Test – 5 Subjects
The modern version of the official GED test is a computerized test. Test-takers can register online but must still show up in person to complete their test. In many states, the computerized test is more affordable than the older version on paper, but some states have higher costs due to limited availability. Taking all five subjects at once is a great way to get your test over with in a single day, but it can take over seven hours to finish all five sections. This is a more challenging way to complete your General Equivalency Diploma, but also uses up less of your free time on the test.
3. Computerized Test – Individual Subjects
Registering to take each subject individually is a great way to spend extra time preparing for the test and mastering all five subjects at your own pace. Instead of cramming all the information of the test into your head at once, you can study and take each test as you go. This requires more time overall and may take longer to complete your GED credential. But it also provides a less stressful option for candidates that are anxious about a particular subject or the length of the test overall.