How to Get an Arizona GED

The Arizona GED (General Educational Development) test is offered through the adult education division of the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). Keep reading for more information on test centers, preparation options and other questions you may have about taking the GED in Arizona.

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Getting a GED in Arizona

Who Can Take the GED Test?

If you live in Arizona and want to take the GED test, you have to be at least 16, not have a high school diploma and not be currently enrolled in any K-12 school. In addition, if you're 16 or 17 years old, you must provide an official withdrawal form from your previous school and a notarized letter of permission from your parent or guardian.

For specific and updated information, such as phone numbers to call for test dates, fees and other questions, visit the Arizona Department of Education's website. You must take the GED test at one of the official testing locations. It cannot be taken online.

What Subjects Will I Be Tested On?

You will be tested on content standards developed by the American Council of Education in the areas of language arts (reading and writing), social studies, science and mathematics. The GED test does not focus on memorization of facts, details and formulas. It tests your ability to use and relate what you know to different situations. There are 240 multiple-choice questions and one written essay. You are allowed to use a calculator on part of the math section.

How Can I Prepare?

A good way to prepare for the GED is by taking classes offered at adult education centers certified by the ADE. These centers are listed on the ADE website. When you go to the center, you will be given an assessment and a personalized learning plan. Your instructor will be available to help guide you through the learning process until you think you're ready for the practice test.

Another option is to prepare for the GED test through distance learning. The benefit is that you can study anytime and anywhere through the Internet, e-mail and some face-to-face instruction. Contact the ADE if you are interested in this service.

What Happens if I Don't Pass?

You're allowed to retake parts of the GED test after a 30-day wait period that allows you time to study the sections you didn't pass. You may retest until you've taken all the available test forms in a calendar year.

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