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GED® Test

The GED® test measures your knowledge and academic skills against those of today’s traditional high school graduates. It is comprised of four modules:

  1. Mathematical Reasoning
  2. Reasoning through Language Arts
  3. Science
  4. Social Studies
  5. Arizona Civics (Effective January 1st, 2017)

GED® test questions do not focus on memorizing facts, details or precise definitions. The purpose of the exam is to give examinees an opportunity to demonstrate individual abilities to use and relate information at various levels.

The GED® Test is offered in English and Spanish in all United States jurisdictions.

Hours and Locations

Currently, the GED® test is offered at the following Pearson VUE-Authorized Rio Salado testing centers:

Hours vary by location.

Fees and Scheduling

GED® test fees and scheduling are set up through https://www.ged.com, calling 1-877-392-6433, or emailing at Help@GEDTestingService.com

General Information

Information for Candidates

Frequently Asked Questions for test-takers

Picture Identification

Picture identification is required. Candidates must present one form of identification in order to be admitted.

Primary Identification

The primary form must show a picture, name, date of birth, signature, current address, and be a government-issued ID. The ID document must be an original document; photocopied documents are not acceptable. In addition, examinees 16 or 17 years of age MUST also provide both an: Official Withdrawal Form from previous school AND a Notarized Letter of Permission from a parent/guardian.

  1. Current Driver's License or Government-Issued Identification Card
    ID may be from any state as long as it is valid.
    An Arizona ID card may be obtained through the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles. Social Security card and certified birth certificate are required to get the ID.

  2. Valid Passport
    May be foreign or domestic.

  3. Military ID

  4. Other forms of GOVERNMENT ISSUED ID: Foreign/domestic/tribal
    Must show: Name, address, date-of-birth, signature, and photograph.

  5. Current Matricula Consular Card (College)
    Must show: Name, address, date-of-birth, signature, and photograph.

Titles & Descriptions

  • Mathematical Reasoning
    is 120 minutes
    has 2 parts
    does not allow the calculator on Part 1
    allows you to use a TI-30XS calculator for Part 2
    gives you an on-screen calculator and allows you to bring your own TI-30XS calculator
    gives you some Math formulas and a calculator reference sheet
  • Reasoning through Language Arts
    is 155 minutes, consists of 3 sections
    includes 2 short answer questions that take about 10 minutes per question to write
    10 minute break allowed between Part 2 and 3.
    Reference guide is provided.
  • Science
    is 95 minutes
    has no breaks
    includes 2 short answer questions that take about 10 minutes per question to write
    allows you to use a TI-30XS calculator
    gives you an on-screen calculator and allows you to bring your own TI-30XS calculator

  • Social Studies
    is 75 minutes
    allows you to use a TI-30XS calculator
    gives you an on-screen calculator and allows you to bring your own TI-30XS calculator
  • Civics
    is 92 minutes
  • Total Time: Approximately 9 hours
    (Time is based on the English format of the test.)

Preparing for the Test

Preparation classes are offered throughout the state at Adult Education centers certified by the Arizona Department of Education. You can study in a classroom, with a tutor, or from home through distance learning classes. Instruction is available at many different times and locations.

https://www.gedmarketplace.com/ site includes materials to help adults with basic skills programs, computer skills training, and it offers the Official GED® Practice Test online.

When you think you are ready, you can take a GED® Practice Test and then schedule taking the official exam at your local Pearson VUE-Authorized Testing Center.

Scores

Passing scores on the GED® test are:

  • Must score a minimum of 145 on each of the four GED® tests.
  • A score of 165 to 174 on each GED® test indicates College Ready.
  • A score of 175 or above on each GED® test indicates candidate may be eligible for an ACE Credit Recommendation.
  • A score of 60 or better on the Arizona Civics Test.

Initial scores will be available online at GED as soon as 3 to 4 hours or up to 1 business day after testing. Your Diploma packet will be mailed to you within 2 weeks.

Transcripts

After passing the GED® test, you will receive an Arizona High School Equivalency Diploma and an official transcript of your scores within two weeks of your tests being scored. Your Official Transcript is your ticket to college, vocational school, employment or the military. Your diploma is the official State of Arizona recognition of your accomplishment, so you will want to keep it with your other important papers.

Repeating Tests

If a candidate does not pass the GED® test, it may be retaken. In Arizona, there is no wait period for people who don’t pass the first time. You can take the test again whenever you are ready. After the third attempt, test-takers must wait 60 days after their last attempt before they can test again.