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Hi, my name is Mike, and I am part of the Covcell team. Like you are doing now, I tried to prepare for the GED® test a few years ago. I wasted time. I wasted money. It sucked.

And I don’t want you to go through that if you’re just starting with your GED preparation.
In those days, I met a guy named Chris Covcell at some event, he was tutoring students for the GED test and asked him:

“What are the key mistakes I should avoid that will save me the most time, money and aggravation?”

No shame in mistakes, he said. The point is to avoid making the same mistakes over and over and over again because they are holding you back from massive success.
To cut a long story short, he helped me prepare for the GED test, I passed, and I could continue with my plans. Now, I’m part of the Covcell team, and help students with their questions.

Let’s explore what is the GED Test and how to prepare for it.

What is the GED Test?

If you don’t have a high school diploma, you can take the GED Test to earn your high school equivalency diploma. Holding the credential means you will be able to go to college and apply for jobs that require a high school diploma.

Free GED/TASC/HiSET testing

Four states offer GED, TASC. or HiSET testing for free: New York, West Virginia, Connecticut, and Maine.

  • New York and West Virginia use the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion)
  • Maine is using the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test)
  • Connecticut uses the GED exam (but there is a small registration fee)

2 states partly subsidize the GED test:

  • Arkansas: the GED exam fee is $16 ($4 per module or test)
  • Maryland: the GED exam costs $45 for all 4 subjects, $11,25 per module


Alternatives to GED

The GED Test is the most used high school equivalency test, but there are a few alternatives:

  • TASC
  • HiSET

There is also the possibility to earn an online high school diploma. Just make sure the course is legit and accredited. Click here to read about High School Diploma for Adults

How long does it take to prepare for the GED