The Department of Education website for each state usually contains an up-to-date list of prep centers for the General Educational Development test. The information is often listed under the adult education category. As of 2015, the FinishYourDIPLOMA.org and National Literacy Directory websites also provide search tools for finding local classes.
The GED test is a high school equivalency program designed for individuals who didn't earn a traditional diploma. The program provides access to better occupational and educational opportunities by certifying that test-takers have demonstrated the same knowledge and skills expected of high school graduates embarking on professional careers. Tests are taken on the computer at qualified locations, and test-takers should expect multiple question styles, including multiple choice, extend response, drag and drop and short answer.
In 2014, the GED test was reduced from five to four content areas when reading and writing were combined into one language arts test. The most recent version includes Reasoning Through Language Arts, a 150-minute test made up of three sections, and Mathematical Reasoning, a 115-minute test with two sections. The third section is a 90-minute science test, and the final content area tests Social Studies in two sections equaling 90 minutes. Test-takers can repeat each section three times before submitting to a 60-day waiting period, and scores are generally available the same day as the test.