About Taking the GED Test in Spanish

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The American Council on Education (maker of the GED series) offers a Spanish language version of the GED for test-takers not fluent in English. Many immigrants from Latin America take the GED in Spanish to apply for better jobs and attend college.

If you are considering taking the GED in Spanish, there are three important things to consider: (1) the minimum passing scores are the same for all language editions of the test, (2) you must also pass a proficiency test in English, and (3) many employers prefer that you take the GED in English.

The first thing you should do is take a practice GED test in English. You may discover that you can pass the GED in English, and therefore do not need to take the Spanish edition. Many employers and colleges prefer the GED in English, so don't rule it out until you try it.

If you cannot pass the GED in English, the next step is to purchase a study guide for the GED in Spanish, and sign-up for a GED prep class in Spanish. Most adult education centers offer GED classes, and in large cities you can even find GED prep classes in Spanish.

Study the five GED subject areas (math, science, social studies, reading, and writing) as well as English. ACE requires that you pass an additional ESL exam if you take the GED in Spanish, so you will have to take six subtests, instead of the usual five. The English proficiency exam is much shorter than the other GED test sections; it covers grammar, vocabulary, reading, and writing in English.

Visit the website of the American Council on Education to view a list of testing centers that offer the GED in Spanish. Schedule an appointment to take the GED in Spanish once you feel prepared for the exam. You do not have to take the GED and English proficiency test on the same day, but you will not receive your GED diploma until you have passed both tests.

Keep in mind that your diploma will indicate that you took the test in Spanish. Many colleges and employers may require that you take an additional test in English proficiency. For example, universities require that applicants take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if they did not graduate from high school in an English-speaking country, or if they took the GED in a foreign language. An employer may ask you to take an oral exam, especially if you work with the public.

The rules for retaking the GED in Spanish are the same as the rules for retaking the GED in English. If you did not pass one or more sections of the test, you can retake just those sections. In some jurisdictions, you may be allowed to combine sections from different language editions of the exam. For example, you may be able to combine math and science scores from the English version with language arts and social studies scores from the Spanish version. Not all jurisdictions allow this, so call your local testing center for specific information.

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