All About the GED: Kansas

Taking and passing the General Education Development (GED) exam will allow adults in Kansas to earn a high school equivalency credential if they don't have a high school diploma. The Kansas State High School Diploma is awarded to candidates who pass the GED.

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What do I Need to Know About the GED?

Adults living in Kansas who do not have a high school diploma may take the General Educational Development (GED) examination to receive a Kansas High School Diploma. The GED is developed by the American Council on Education (ACE) and, in Kansas, is administered by the Kansas Board of Regents (kansasregents.org). The GED exam tests you in the subject areas you would need if you were graduating with a traditional high school diploma. The five areas are writing, social studies, science, reading and math.

An essay is required as part of the writing exam. A Casio fx-260 calculator is provided for a portion of the math exam. Answers to some of the math questions will need to be filled in on answer grids. To learn more about the calculator, the answer grids and the content of the five tests, review the ACE website (acenet.edu).

How is the GED Scored?

GED tests scores range from 200 (lowest) to 800 (highest) on each subject test. Kansas requires you get at least a 420 on any test and an average score of 450 each to pass the GED. The total score must add up to at least 2,250. These are the scores that the top 60% of high school graduates would get if they took the tests.

Can I Take the Kansas GED?

In Kansas, you may take the GED exam if you are age 18 or older. If you're between the ages 16 and 18, you may take the exam with additional documentation from your school district that you're not currently enrolled in any secondary program. Also, you must not have graduated from high school or received a GED credential.

GED Registration and Cost

GED candidates register and sit for the exam at official Kansas testing centers. The state and ACE provide a list of official testing centers on their websites. You'll need a current photo ID and pay a testing fee during registration. Be aware that the Official GED Test is administered only at official testing centers. It is not available on online.

Test takers in Kansas must take the Official GED Practice Test before they can take the actual GED exam. The practice test helps them know if they're prepared for the real exam. In Kansas, the average score on the practice tests must be at least 500 for each section, and no less than 450 on each section. If you're taking the practice test as a part of a GED preparation class your program fee may already cover the cost of the practice test. If not, contact your local test center to learn about scheduling your practice test.

Special Accommodations

GED test centers may accommodate candidates who have a physical or a learning disability. You'll need to fill out a request form from your local test center and have it filled out by your doctor or other health professional qualified to diagnose your disability. Some conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may require additional documentation. Contact your local test center for further details. The GED in Kansas is also available in Spanish.

GED Preparation

Contact your local adult education center to register for free GED test preparation classes. The state website provides a list of adult education centers. You may also prepare at home or online. The ACE website offers practice questions with answers and explanations as well as a link to an online practice test.

GED Connection is a GED study course that uses online, print and video resources. It is available through Kentucky Educational Television (ketadultlearning.org) and PBS Literacy Link (litlink.ket.org). The Steck-Vaughn company also provides practice questions and study books (secure.practice4ged.com).

GET Retesting

You may retake any of the tests that you didn't pass using another set of GED questions. Candidates can retest up to three times per year in any one subject. After you pass the GED, you may only retest for a higher score if required by a college, university or job that you are applying for. You'll need a letter from that entity documenting their request and approval from the GED administrator. You may request transcriptions from the state through a form available from the Board of Regents website.

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