Current Version of GED Exam Expiring December 2013
The current version of the GED Exam (known as the "2002 Series") will be retired in December 2013. GED test-takers in New Mexico who are taking the current version of the GED must pass all five tests that make up the current exam with the required overall score average by December 4, 2013. A completely revised, computer-based GED exam will be available in January 2014. Any outstanding scores on tests that are part of the current examination battery will expire in December, and candidates will be required to test again in the new version of the exam. We strongly encourage test-takers who have passed parts of the current GED Exam to complete the remainder of the exam before their results expire in Decemeber and they have to start over.
GED testing is currently available in both computer and pencil-and-paper versions. To earn your GED you must take and pass all five tests that make up the current exam, and you can take them all on paper, all on computer or a combination of both. Both formats of the exam must be taken at an authorized GED Testing Center. It is NOT possible to take the official GED examination at home, even if you are taking it on computer.
AGE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR GED TESTING
You must be at least 16 years old to take the GED exam. International students must be at least 17 years old. If you are under 18 years old you must submit a completed Underage Permission Form to the Testing Center before you will be able to register for the exam. The form must be signed by a parent or guardian and by the Superintendent of your local school district.
TAKING THE COMPUTER GED AT SFCC
If you want to take the GED on computer, you must register and schedule test sessions online at http://www.gedcomputer.com/ or through the Pearson VUE call center at 877-EXAM-GED (392-6433). An e-mail address is required to create an account and register for the computer test.
Click here to download information on how to register for and schedule the GED® test on computer.
Exam Fee: The cost to take the computer GED anywhere in New Mexico is $24 per test ($120 for the five-test battery).
TAKING THE PENCIL-AND-PAPER GED AT SFCC
If you are interested in taking the pencil-and-paper GED, you must register in person at the SFCC Testing Center.
You must pay for the GED tests you want to take before you can register for them. Make your payment at the SFCC Cashier's Office. Payment may be made by cash, check or cedit card.
Exam Fee: The cost to take the paper-and-pencil GED at SFCC is $20 per test ($100 for the five-test battery).
Registration for the test must be completed IN PERSON at the Testing Center BY THE PERSON WHO WILL TAKE THE TEST ONLY. You will be required to present appropriate identification when you register AND when you take the test. The identification must be a current (not expired) government-issued photo ID that shows your name, date of birth, address and signature. Examples of appropriate IDs are a driver's license, state-issued ID card and U.S. passport.
If you are under 18 years old, you must also submit a completed Underage Verification Form (see "Age Eligibility Requirements" above).
If this is your first time taking the GED or if you have not tested since 2001, you will be required to complete some paperwork at the time of registration. It will take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete it. You will not be able to test until this paperwork is returned to the GED examiner.
In general, SFCC offers Pencil-and-Paper Testing on Wednesdays and every other Monday.
WEDNESDAY test dates: Registration is on a first-come, first-served same-day basis, and seating is limited. To register, you must come to the Testing Center in person on the day of the test between 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
MONDAY test dates: Registration is on a pre-registration basis, and seating is limited. To register, you may come to the Testing Center anytime before the day of the test during regular center hours or on the day of the test between 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Fall Pencil-and-Paper Testing Schedule
(NOTE: These are the final test dates for the current version of the GED.)
Click here for our Fall 2013 GED Testing Schedule in English.
Click here for our Fall 2013 GED Testing Schedule in Spanish.
ON TEST DAY
If you are registered for a pencil-and-paper test at SFCC you must arrive at the Testing Center ½ hour before your first scheduled test. If you do not arrive on time you will lose your seat. THE EXAM ROOM DOOR CLOSES 20 MINUTES BEFORE THE TEST SESSION BEGINS. NO ONE IS ADMITTED AFTER THAT TIME—THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.
No electronic devices of any kind are permitted in the testing room. Please do not bring them to the Testing Center with you. If a cell phone, pager, music player or any other device is found at your seat or on your person, you will be required to leave, your test will be invalidated, and the device will be taken and held until it is determined that it was not used to transmit information about the test. This policy follows national GED testing rules and cannot be changed.
Accommodations for Documented Disabilties. The GED allows special testing accommodations if you qualify under the Americans with Disabilties Act. Permission for accommodations must be given from the New Mexico State GED Administrator, but the process for receiving accommodations begins at the local Testing Center. Requests for accommodations can take a long time to process, so please make the request at least two months before you plan to test. Speak with one of the GED examiners in the SFCC Testing Center for more information.
NOTE: The deadline to submit a request for special testing accommodations on the Pencil-and-Paper version of the GED is Friday, September 27, 2013. After that date, test-takers who desire testing accommodations for a disability must take the Computer version of the GED and request accommodations through the computer registration process.
AFTER THE TEST
Required scores for passing. Each of the five tests requires a minimum passing score of 410. In addition, the total average of all test scores must be at least 450. Tests scoring below the minimum will not count for the overall score even if your other test scores are very high.
Retesting. The State of New Mexico has temporarily suspended some of its rules about retesting to make it easier for test-takers to complete the GED by the end of 2013. Before you can retest on any exam, you must complete all five of the exams at least once. After you meet that requirement, you can retake any exam you did not pass at any time. You do not need to wait a minimum number of days before retesting.
Transcripts and Diplomas. All GED testers in New Mexico must create an account at http://www.diplomasender.com/. An e-mail account is required to create an account. After you complete and pass all parts of the GED exam, return to the website and order your final transcript and New Mexico high school diploma. The first copy of each is free of charge. Additional copies are $18 per document.
For more information, please contact Ellen Roth, 505-428-1910, email@example.com.