GED/HSE Testing

GED/ High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing

The GED test is a high school equivalency examination developed by GED Testing Service of the American Council on Education. The credential received for passing the GED test is widely recognized by colleges, technical colleges and employers as an equivalent to a high school diploma.

The GED test has five sections: Math, Science, Social Studies, Reasoning Through Language Arts, and Civics. Each section will take between 90 and 150 minutes to complete. If you are taking multiple sections of the GED, you are allowed a small break between each section. Four of the GED sections cost $35 each. The Civics section will cost $9. Find out more at Preview a practice test here.

You must create an account on, create a personal profile, register for the five sections of the GED, select your appointment times and pay with a credit card. You cannot take all five sections in one day. A minimum of two days is needed to complete the GED. Both Southern & Dobson and Red Mountain campuses offer GED testing.

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can create your account on, but you will get an ‘alert’ and not be able to schedule any of the test sections. You will come to the GED Testing Center at either Southern and Dobson or Red Mountain for an override.

You will need to bring with you:

  • An official withdrawal from your high school, signed by a school official, indicating the reason for the ‘withdrawal’ was to take the GED exam.
  • A notarized permission letter of consent, signed by a parent or legal guardian giving permission for the candidate to take the GED. Banks are normally notaries.
  • Official, non-expired, photo identification of the GED candidate. Names must match the GED profile, exactly!

Once these items are provided, a GED Examiner will lift the hold and the GED candidate will get an email immediately; which will allow them to finish scheduling their GED test.

How long will the test take?

There are five parts of the GED test. Each part of the test is a different length:

Math - 115 minutes

Science - 90 minutes

Social Studies - 90 minutes

Reasoning Through Language Arts - 150 minutes

Civics - 100 minutes

How do I get my scores?
Results are posted on
How much does it cost?
The Math, Science, Social Studies, and Reasoning Through Language Arts sections of the GED test are $35, while the Civics section costs $9.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes. GED testing is done at our Red Mountain and Southern and Dobson campuses on Tuesday – Thursday. Click here to sign up online.
Preparing for the GED

Finish Your Diploma can help you find free adult education classes in your area or view the MCC schedule here.

(Please note: The Southern & Dobson campus offers GED testing in addition to other Pearson VUE testing. Check the Pearson VUE website to see if your test is offered at Southern & Dobson).