What types of classes are offered for GED preparation?
In-person and online
What kind of ID is required to register for each class?
The AZ Dept. of Education mandated Verification of Eligibility for Services Form lists all acceptable documents to determine eligibility to attend class. Documents are listed in three categories; Preferred, Primary and Secondary. A Social Security Card is listed as one of many secondary documents but is not required.
For online non-credit classes, ID is not required.
Are GED preparation classes available to undocumented residents?
No. The residency documents required by the AZ Department of Education prohibit enrollment of non-residents.
Yes. The online class is a non-credit class available to anyone who is able to pay the course fee.
How does a person register for a GED preparation class?
You can register by calling (480) 517-8540 and referencing course GED800-10000.
How much do GED preparation classes cost?
There is a registration fee for GED Prep classes based on a sliding scale. Go to the Fee Guidelines.
The online 14 week class costs $125 plus the cost of the book. This fee is subject to change.
As of February 1, 2013, the fee will become $125 plus the cost of the book.
What subjects are taught in GED classes?
Students can expect to study language arts-reading, language arts-writing, science, social studies and math in preparation for the official exam.
How long are the classes?
It depends on the academic readiness of the student. As long as a student maintains regular attendance in the class, the student may remain in class until the student and teacher agree that the student is sufficiently prepared to take the GED test.
The online class is 14 weeks long. After the 14-week class is over, students who have not completed the course will be required to pay an additional $90.00 if they choose to re-enroll. This fee will be $125 as of February 1, 2013.
What language are GED classes taught in?
Both in-person and online classes are taught in English.
Is there a wait list to take classes?
Yes. It varies by location and class availability. The GED preparation classes are in high demand. At any given time, 2,200 people are on a waiting list for classes.
Not at this time. However, the online GED classes have a limited enrollment and when capacity is reached, a wait list will be started.
Are online GED preparation classes more difficult than in person?
It depends on the academic readiness, English literacy level and technology expertise of the student. Successful online students require a substantial amount of self-discipline and motivation.
Where are in-person classes offered?
Rio Salado currently offers in-person classes at many locations throughout Maricopa County. To find a location near you, please visit http://www.riosalado.edu/programs/abe.
Are practice tests a part of the GED preparation classes?
Yes. Five tests covering the five GED subject areas.
Students have access to practice tests located in the textbook.
Where can I get more information about GED classes?
Call 480-517-8110 or 480-377-4050
Who administers the official GED test?
The GED test is administered by the Arizona Department of Education. Rio Salado College provides space for the GED examiner who administers the official exam.
How much does the GED test cost?
Please visit the Arizona Department of Education for accurate information.
Where can students get additional information about GED testing?
The Arizona Department of Education is the best source for this information.
Note: Participation in Rio Salado College's in-person or online GED classes do not guarantee that students will pass the exam.