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The New GED Test

The General Educational Development (GED) test offers adults who did not acquire their high school diploma the opportunity to achieve that certification. According to the GED Testing Service website, the GED test is the only one that all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and even Canada’s territories and provinces recognize for high school equivalency. 

The current test was introduced in 2002 and measures academic knowledge and skill in the subjects of

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

The New GED Test

In the autumn of 2013, a new practice test will be available for future test takers, and in 2014 the GED Testing Service will introduce a new test. It will combine the Language Arts areas of Reading and Writing into one area called “Literacy” while retaining the areas of Math, Science and Social Studies.

The assessment will be computer-based and will also measure career and college readiness as well as a new scoring profile that will measure the test taker’s strengths and areas of developmental need.

To find a local GED testing center, go to the Locate a Testing Center website and type in a zip code. The website will provide a list of nearby centers and their telephone numbers, along with a link for directions and a map.

The Monroe County Library System can help!

Library users can access GED information from their home computers using the Learn-A-Test database. Learn-A-Test offers timed GED practice exams, GED preparation courses and guides, skill improvement for the writing portion of the test, and Spanish language GED preparation.

Visit any branch of the Monroe County Library System to set up a Learn-A-Test account. Once the account is created at the library, Learn-A-Test can be accessed from the MCLS Online Resources webpage. Scroll to the bottom of the page, click on Test Preparation, and then click on Learn-A-Test to log in.

The Monroe County Library System also carries GED exam preparation books that can be checked out. New editions are purchased yearly, and will be available for the new test when it is released. Follow the links below to check for availability or to place a request.


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Barron’s GED Math Workbook
By Johanna Holm

Book Description: Focuses specifically on the math section of the GED.


Como Prepararse Para el GED: el Examen Equivalencia de la Escuela Superior
By Murray Rockowitz…[et al]

Book Description: Spanish translation and adaptation of: How to prepare for the GED High School Equivalency Examination, 13th ed.”

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Complete GED preparation
Published by Steck-Vaughn Co.

Book Description: “Reviews math, social studies, science, and reading and writing skills, and provides sample tests with answers explained” –Summary

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GED Test Prep
Published by LearningExpress

Book Description: “This comprehensive GED study guide offers you: a full-length diagnostic test covering each of the five subject areas, designed to identify your strengths and weaknesses; two full-length practice tests modeled after the official GED; full answer keys with helpful explanations; test-taking tips and strategies; [and] complete information covering the GED application process and what to expect on the exam” –Page 4 of cover

Master the GED, 2013
Published by Peterson’s

Also available in previous years 2011, 2009

Book Description: “
Provides practice exams with answers and explanations, and includes reviews of all test areas from writing to science” –Cover


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