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How Can I Take the GED in Spanish?

The GED test, which grants the equivalent of a high school diploma, is offered in Spanish for individuals who have difficulty with English. Read on to find out how to take the GED in Spanish and what the requirements are.

GED Defined

The General Educational Development (GED) test is the equivalent of a high school diploma. After completing the GED, you'll be certified with basic American high school-level academic skills in social studies, mathematics, science and language arts.

The GED is available in formats to accommodate special situations, such as not being a native English speaker. The test is always done in person and can be completed at any official testing center across the United States. These locations include community colleges, universities, public schools, and adult-education centers. In many states, the test is administered via computer at the testing site.

Important Facts About Taking the GED in Spanish

Test Prep Practice tests are available online (some for free). Also, some community colleges offer test prep courses for the Spanish version of the test.
Key Concepts The test is broken up into four sections: reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, science, and social studies.
Test Format Computerized testing is available for the Spanish version, and testing takes about seven hours (with breaks included).
Test Materials Unless specified otherwise, you may use a calculator and a sheet for note-taking.
Median Salary (2018)$49,930 (Interpreters and Translators)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)18% growth (Interpreters and Translators)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Spanish GED

To take the GED in Spanish, you'll need to find a testing center that offers the test in Spanish. When you arrive at the testing center, they'll have all the accommodations for you to take the examination in Spanish. Studying for the test can be made easier by using pre-testing and practice materials in Spanish.

ESL Test

While not required everywhere, many states do require that you complete an English as a Second Language (ESL) test along with your Spanish GED. This is recommended by the American Council on Education. The reason for this extra testing is to assess your day-to-day English speaking skills through using schedules, advertisements, charts, and forms that you're likely to encounter in day-to-day life.

Topics on the examination include purchasing goods, employment, childcare, and health. The test has two parts, which require you to read and then answer some questions based on what you read. Other questions follow the same format but require you to interpret the passage and draw a conclusion like reflecting the main idea or figuring out who the audience for the passage might be.