About a week ago, I finally took my GED test. Some of you might be wondering why I would take a GED test when I already graduated high school in the Philippines. Well, I completed high school back when they had a K10 system in place, now they have a K12 system. Apparently, if I don’t go to college within a certain amount of time, my diploma will be null. Seeing as I don’t particularly feel the need to go to college yet, there’s a chance my diploma will become null, so I took my GED test in anticipation of this. Additionally, my dad told me that having a US GED certificate may offer more advantages than a Philippine High School diploma in terms of getting a job in the United States.
Scheduling the test was really easy, just had to create an account on their website then go to the schedule page. They didn’t really have too many dates available, I think it could just be the time I decided to schedule the test. There were a few options for testing centers near me, a couple in Portland and one at Clark college here in Vancouver, WA where I am living. I opted for the Clark one because it’s closer and driving to Portland at the time I scheduled the test would not be good. Speaking of testing times, they also didn’t have a lot to choose from. After scheduling a test, it’s just a matter of going there at the scheduled date and time.
We drove there a bit early since they recommend being there about half and hour before you’re scheduled to take the test. They also recommended bringing a calculator, but seeing as I didn’t know anyone with one, I decided not to worry about it. They didn’t mention anything about pens or pencils, so i just brought both. When I got there, they had me put all my things, phone, wallet and all, in my bag and store it in a locker. They then took me to the testing room. I expected it to be a pen and paper exam, but I was wrong. The tests were done on computers and I was given a few pieces of dry erase pads which I could use for calculations, notes or whatever. The first test was a language test separated into 2 parts I believe. It was really easy, the hardest part being to write an essay on a given situation and how each side argued their points. It had to be around 500 words long, which wasn’t really an issue since I’m used to it, the main problem was analyzing the situation and organizing my thoughts. After the language test came science, which was really easy. Following that was math, which had 2 parts too I believe. It was really easy save for a few questions that didn’t pop up in the practice tests I took. I didn’t even think I needed a calculator for most of it, just relying on solving everything on the dry erase boards was fine. The last section was social studies, which wasn’t really my strong suit because I wasn’t taught American history in school. Regardless, most of the questions were very self explanatory and easy. There were a couple that I didn’t really know about, but overall it was fine.
The test was supposed to take me a few hours or so, but I finished it in about an hour and half maybe. The results actually only took about an hour to get to me. I passed everything, which I was happy about. For my language test though, it said I was college level. The rest were about a point or two off of college level, which I’m gonna chalk up to either forgetting about it cause I’ve been out of school for a few years or because I didn’t learn it (this one really only applies to social studies).
Now all I gotta do is get the certificate and I’ll be finished with it and not have to worry about my Philippine diploma becoming null.