Diploma or GED

Posted on October 26, 2011

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This is mostly for my Tampa folk.

I work for a company that partners with the County to get high school dropouts or kickouts or ageouts or whatever the case may be, their diplomas through an online program. If you know of anyone who is under 21 years old, but over 16, is no longer in high school, and might be interested in completing their high school diploma (not their GED, their diploma) online, send me an email and I can hook you up with some info. We provide with a computer that has internet pretty much anywhere (anywhere that Verizon phones get a signal) at no cost to them, and assist them every step of the way. It’s a pretty sweet deal.

Also, since I know some people that need help with their GED, this is the general information I have on that. I just want to throw it out there, because it’s a good thing to know for Hillsborough County.

Hillsborough County Public Schools

GED Program 813-276-5654 Ext 250

GED Testing 813-276-5654 Ext. 250

Where can I practice online?

There are several websites that offer free online practice. The following are only a few. Try typing, “Free GED Online” in a search box to receive more examples.

http://steckvaughn.harcourtachieve.com/en-US/gedpractice

4Tests.Com – Free GED Practice Tests

GED Prep at Free-Ed.Net

 

GED Quick Guide for the Classroom

1. What are the FL GED Tests?

The GED Tests are designed to provide an opportunity for adults who have not graduated from high school to earn a State of Florida High School diploma by measuring the major academic skills and knowledge associated with a high school program of study that graduating seniors should know and be able to do, with increased emphasis on workplace and higher education. The GED Test battery includes the following subject area tests:
Language Arts, Reading
Language Arts,Writing
Mathematics
Social Studies
Science

2. How can I prepare to take the FL GED Tests?

Passing the GED Tests may require some preparation on your part. Some individuals prepare intensely by taking classes or studying GED preparation books and other materials. Other candidates are comfortable with simply brushing up on a few of the subject areas where they feel they need practice. To determine how you should best prepare for the tests, you can start by contacting local adult education programs sponsored by school districts, colleges, and community organizations in your area. (Check your local telephone directory.) Teachers at these adult education programs can help you decide the extent to which you need to study for the five GED Tests and develop a study plan that is best for you.

3. Where can I take the FL GED Tests?

The information is just a phone call away ( 1-877-352-4331 ) to find your local official testing center. The center can tell you:
Whether you can take the GED Tests
Where to find the Official GED Practice Tests
Where to find a GED instructional program
How much it costs to take the tests
When the tests are given
Other useful information

4. What do the FL GED Tests look like?

The following five subject tests cover academic knowledge and skills in core areas required in a traditional high school curriculum: Language Arts, Reading; Language Arts, Writing; Science; and Social Studies.
The following table provides the number of questions and time limits on the GED Tests.
Most questions on the GED Tests are provided in a multiple choice format. The only exceptions are Part II of the Language Arts, Writing Test, which requires an essay, and the Mathematics Test, which requires that some answers be calculated and inserted in a grid.

TEST ITEMS TIME LIMIT
Language Arts, Writing, Part I 50 Questions 75 minutes
Language Arts, Writing, Part II Essay 45 minutes
Social Studies 50 Questions 70 minutes
Science 50 Questions 80 minutes
Language Arts, Reading 40 Questions 65 minutes
Mathematics, Part I 25 questions with optional use of a calculator 45 minutes
Mathematics, Part II 25 questions without a calculator 45 minutes

5. What if I’m only 16 years old?

In the State of Florida GED candidates must be at least 18 years of age or older unless they have been granted a GED age waiver by the local School Board. Contact the GED Chief Examiner in your county to find out how you can qualify to take the GED test if you are 16 or 17 years of age. GED age waiver requirements vary between school districts.

6. How do I know if I passed the GED tests?

To earn a State of Florida High School Diploma you must:
Earn a standard score of at least 410 on each of the five GED subtests,AND
Earn an overall score of 2250 or higher.
Candidates who pass the test are given a State of Florida High School Diploma and an Official GED Transcript. Scores are typically available within 6-8 weeks after the test date.
If the candidate fails to earn scores high enough to receive a diploma, he/she can retake all or selected subject area tests to achieve passing scores. Testing centers may require candidates who fail the test to enroll in preparation classes or wait a pre-determined amount of time before attempting to re-test. Candidates may test a maximum of three times on a given test in a single year.
GED Homepage

7. How do I get my Transcript or Diploma?

GED Testing Program Diploma or Transcript Requests
Contact us: Toll Free 1-877-352-4331 or 850-245-0449
Request a Copy of Your Diploma or Transcript
If you took the General Educational Development (GED) test in Florida and need a copy of your diploma or transcript, the following instructions will help you prepare the request. Processing these requests requires a written request accompanied by the required fee. Once we receive the written request in the GED office, it takes approximately 7-10 working days for the document to be mailed. NOTE: Duplicate diplomas and transcripts may be picked up in person at the GED Testing Office in Tallahassee on the following business day (12 p.m. or later) after calling the office number above to make a request. Payment of $6 via money order or cashier’s check is due at the time of pickup, along with a signed release of records.

To receive a copy of your diploma or transcript, you should:
Step 1 – Complete a Written Request and Release of Information
You may use the standard form here: Request for GED Transcript Form (PDF)
Submit a written request that includes the following information:
Your name
Date of birth
Social security number
Approximate year the test was taken
City or county where the test was taken
Signature of the GED test taker, which certifies that the test taker agrees to release the GED scores and diploma information
Step 2: Include Payment ($6 per duplicate transcript or diploma)
Send a $6 money order or cashier’s check for each transcript and/or diploma being requested.
Make it payable to the Florida Department of Education for each copy you are requesting.
Include your name and last 4-digits of your social security number on the cashier’s check or money order
We do not accept personal checks or cash.

Important: Please do not submit a diploma/transcript request to the Florida GED Office if you did not take the GED Tests in Florida. As of September 1, 2011, funds will not be returned for transcript/diploma requests in which research is required and no records are found. If you are unsure of whether you took the GED in Florida, you should submit a verification request at no charge following the instructions at http://ged.fldoe.org/verify.asp
Step 3: Include Return Envelope
Address an envelope to where you would like the document mailed, with appropriate postage.
A transcript requires a letter sized envelope with a $.44 stamp ($.77 for international).
A diploma requires a 10×13 envelope with $1.15 postage attached ($1.40 for international)
If you order both documents, and they are being sent to the same address, send only the 10×13 envelope.
To ensure faster delivery, you may use a FEDEx or UPS envelope with a pre-addressed / pre-paid envelope enclosed.

Step 4: Mail the Request
Mail all items in Steps 1 to 3 to the following address:
Florida Department of Education
GED Testing Office
325 West Gaines Street, Room 634
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
As of September 1, 2011, name changes will no longer be made to GED records unless there is a error. If there is a spelling error in your name as it appears in the GED records, please contact our office for assistance.

If you have any questions about these procedures or if we can offer assistance of another nature, please contact the GED office at (850) 245-0449 or toll-free at 1-877-352-4331

Passing the GED Tests may require some preparation on your part. Some individuals prepare intensely by taking classes or studying GED preparation books and other materials. Other candidates are comfortable with simply brushing up on a few of the subject areas where they feel they need practice. To determine how you should best prepare for the tests, you can start by contacting local adult education programs sponsored by school districts, colleges, and community organizations in your area. Check your local telephone directory or call your local Adult Center Director. (See the Adult Education Director’s List for more detailed information.) Teachers at these adult education programs can help you decide the extent to which you need to study for the five GED Tests and develop a study plan that is best for you.

Resources for Prospective GED Test-Takers
Official GED Testing Centers may direct you to your closest instructional site. Call 1-800-62-MYGED ( 1-800-626-9433 ) to find the official GED Testing Center closest to you.

GED ON TV (from Kentucky Educational Television) allows you to study at home for your GED credential. Many states broadcast the GED series. Check with your local public television station or call 1-800-354-9067 for more information. You can also visit www.ket.org/GED

Individual study allows you to prepare on your own, using materials such as commercial study guides and the Official GED Practice Tests. You can contact your local official GED Testing Center to locate these preparation materials. Local libraries and bookstores also carry GED study materials.

Visit the official GED Testing Service website at www.gedtest.org for more information.

Official GED Practice are comparable in content, level of difficulty, and format to the GED Tests. You can obtain the Official GED Practice Tests by calling Steck-Vaughn Company at 1-800-531-5015 in the United States

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