GED Colorado Springs: Taking the GED in Colorado Springs, CO

If you're a Colorado resident, at least 17 and not enrolled in school, you can take the GED (General Educational Development) test. Keep reading to find out about additional eligibility requirements, testing centers and more.

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What Is the GED?

The GED is for adults who have not obtained a high school diploma. The test measures the skills and concepts usually attained through a 4-year high school education. Upon passing the test, the individual is awarded a certificate or diploma, which is considered equivalent to a high school diploma by most employers and colleges.

The exam is divided into five sections, including reading, writing, science, social studies and mathematics. Most questions are multiple-choice, but an essay is required. Each section is timed, and the entire battery takes about 7.5 hours to complete.

Who Is Eligible?

Colorado residents can take the GED at 17 if they're not enrolled in school or do not have a high school or GED diploma. You can take the test at 16 by qualifying under special circumstances established by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). Specific requirements and forms can be found on the CDE website.

Where Can I Find a Testing Center?

The GED must be taken at an official testing center. Testing centers are located throughout the state and each one has its own schedule. The CDE lists all of the centers and contact information on its website.

Can I Retake the Test?

A total score of 2,250 is required to pass the GED, which averages to 450 on each test. In addition, no single test score may be lower than 410. You may retake individual sections or the entire test. However, each exam you take must be a different version of the test. There are three versions available per year.

How Can I Prepare?

You can take a practice test at a testing center to see how you would perform on the actual exam. If you need additional help, some school districts offer GED classes and assistance.

Self-study options are available through manuals and books, which can be purchased at bookstores or checked out of libraries. In addition, practice tests and classes are available online. The American Council of Education (ACE) has sample questions and recommendations for resources on its GED Testing Service website.

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