Vote It Up When Getting Your GED

In today’s job market, there are more job openings than you may think. However, there is a phenomenon known as the education gap that is preventing a surprising percentage of jobs from being filled. If you want a shot at one of those available positions, you need an education – and the first step in getting an education is obtaining your GED. Here are the 5 most helpful questions you should ask yourself before taking this important step in life.

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  1. VoteItUp on February 22, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Why should I get my GED?

    Sure, there are jobs that don’t require a diploma, but they’re becoming scarcer and harder to find than ever. A lack of a high school diploma will ensure many recruiters won’t even look at your resume. Unemployment and underemployment among those without a diploma are staggeringly higher than those with a completed GED. Even if you would like to join a trade union, most require a minimum of a GED to enter an apprenticeship program. A GED is the first step in opening a world of employment opportunities.

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  2. VoteItUp on February 22, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Are There Any Age Restrictions When Getting A GED?

    The absolute minimum age for taking the GED test, set by the GED Testing Service, is 16 years of age. However, individual states and jurisdictions may establish their own age requirements for GED testing, as long as it is not set lower than 16. Some states require that candidates must be 18 years or older – persons under 18 must provide supplemental documentation. It’s best to confirm your state’s minimum age requirement prior to taking the test.

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  3. VoteItUp on February 22, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    What does the test cover?

    The GED covers four subjects: reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, science, and social studies. There will be a variety of question types, including multiple choice, short answer, extended response, and fill in the blank. The math portion will cover basic mathematics and simple algebra. The science section covers the core science fields of life, physical, earth, and space. The social studies section will include geography, US history, and government. Finally, the language arts will test your ability to read and understand text. If it has been some time since you’ve attended school, it may be a good idea to study first or take a prep course.

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  4. VoteItUp on February 22, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    I don’t speak English well. Is the test available in other languages?

    Yes, the GED is available is in three languages: English, Spanish, and French. If taking the test in a language other than English, you may be required to take an additional test for ESL or English as a Second Language. This varies by state. Even if your state doesn’t require an ESL exam, it is still recommended as it can signify to future employers your ability to read and speak basic English.

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  5. VoteItUp on February 22, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    How much does the test cost?

    The GED is divided by subject. You only need to take one subject at a time. Each subject usually costs about $30 per test. Many cities and communities offer free GED prep classes and many websites offer free mock exams. There are local community and government groups that can help with GED test fee costs and usually require a proof of income. The GED also offers discounted rates for those retaking the exam after not passing.

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