Frequently Asked Questions

For more information about the GED or any of our programs, please contact one of our SKY Adult Education Centers.

Barren County: (270) 901-4362
Metcalfe County: (270) 432-0060
Simpson County: (270) 586-1682
Warren County: (270) 901-1017

Can I just go take the GED test?

No, you must go to an area adult learning center and take the Official Practice Test (OPT) in each of the four testing areas and write an essay. You must score no lower than 145 in each area. The OPT is a shortened version of the GED test. Because you can only take the OPT three times in one year, it is important that you are prepared for the exam. Once you pass a section of the practice test, you will be scheduled to take the official GED test for that section.

What is on the GED exam?

There are four sections: Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, and Language Arts.

  • Social Studies - 75 minutes
  • Science - 95 minutes
  • Mathematics - 120 minutes
  • Language Arts - 155 minutes

How much does the GED test cost?

The official GED test costs $120, and after a state-wide discount, the cost to students is $60. Thanks to a local grant, the GED fees are waived and it is FREE to take for a limited time!

What scores do I need to pass the GED test?

On January 26, 2016, GED Testing Service (GEDTS ) announced that, after extensive analysis of test-taker s performance data from the past 18 months, the passing score for each section of the high school equivalency was reset from 150 to 145. This change was retroactive to scores earned since January 1, 2014.

In addition, two optional levels above high school equivalency were added:
GED College Ready (165 174)
GED College Ready + Credit (175 200)

These scores signify readiness to enter credit-bearing classes and may qualify students at the upper level for college credit. These may be considered at the discretion of postsecondary education institutions.

What happens if I don't pass the GED test?

If you have a test score below 145, then that area must be reviewed, and you must retake that area.

If I take the GED test and fail one section, do I have to take the entire test over to pass?

No, you will only be required to retest in the section(s) not passed. Your adult learning center can help you prepare to retake these sections.

How many times can I take the GED test?

You may only take the GED test three times in one calendar year.

Is there a graduation ceremony?

Yes, Each May or June we have a graduation ceremony for all students who earned the GED in the past year. There are caps and gowns, photos, and refreshments for students, their families, and their friends.

Can I go to college with a GED?

Yes, the GED credential is widely recognized by college, training schools, and employers as equivalent to a high school diploma.

How do I get a replacement copy of the GED transcript or diploma?

To request an Official GED Transcript, Replacement GED Diploma, or GED Verification, please visit the website