GED® Class Information
At Santa Fe, we prepare students to take the exam and offer Official GED® Practice Tests.
Classes for the Adult Education program at the Northwest, Downtown, and Archer campuses begin at various times throughout the year.
Please call the campus you plan to attend for information regarding days and times.
The Adult Education Program at Santa Fe College (SF) DOES NOT administer the Official GED® test.
What is the GED®?
The General Educational Development (GED) Test is designed to enable adults who have not graduated from high school to demonstrate proficiency in the skills and concepts usually learned during four years of regular high school. The test is available in English, Spanish, and French. Special tests are available for the visually impaired. It is composed of five (5) subject area tests:
The examinee must solve problems in the areas of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry as well as apply mathematical processes to realistic problems.
The Language Arts exam is composed of multiple-choice questions to measure a persons ability to use standard written English clearly and effectively. In addition, examinees write an essay on a
topic about which they are expected to have general knowledge.
The GED Language Arts Reading Test will test how well you understand selections from different types of literature such as fiction, poetry, and drama and from nonfiction such as nonfiction prose and documents commonly found in the workplace or community.
Biology, earth science, physics and chemistry are the areas included in this test.
This test contains items drawn from history, economics, political science, geography and the behavioral sciences.
GED® Test Information
For information on the Official GED® test in Alachua County, please see the Alachua County Public School website or call 352-955-7795.
Students who are 18 years of age or older can take the GED® at any time. However, it is recommended that before taking the test, the student take Official GED® Practice Tests. To take these practice tests at SF, a student must follow the registration process. Students who are 16 or 17 years of age have certain requirements that must be met before being referred for the Official GED® test. For questions regarding these requirements, please contact the SF campus you plan to attend.
It is recommended that students score at least 10.0 or higher on the TABE in reading, language, and mathematics before taking the actual GED®. Students may also want to brush up on essay writing. Once a student takes the TABE, a staff member will go over the results and recommend what classes are needed or if the student is ready to take Official GED® Practice Tests.
* Notice: The Official GED® test will change January 2014. If you have not passed the 2002 version by December 31, 2013, you will be required to take the entire new test in order to earn your diploma. Be sure to schedule your test early as there are only so many spaces available. Check the schedule here!
GED Testing Service:
Creates the one official GED® test used in all 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia, U.S. insular areas, Canadian provinces and territories, the U.S. military, and federal correctional institutions
Partners with state and local testing programs to deliver the test to nearly 800,000 adults every year
Certifies the more than 3,000 official testing centers around the world
Sets standards for and trains state and local professionals in secure test handling and proctoring
Enacts and enforces national testing policies, including but not limited to:
Minimum testing age is 16
Minimum passing score on the current GED® test is a 450 average per content area and a total of 2250
Test-takers may re-test up to three times per calendar year to earn a passing score
Publishes leading research studies on test-takers, graduates, and the life-changing effects of the GED®test
Works with leading publishers to develop high quality GED® test preparation materials
If you have any questions, please call any Adult Education staff at Santa Fe College
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