How to Earn Your GED in Tucson

In Arizona, you can obtain a GED (General Educational Development) diploma at age 16. Find out about state requirements, testing centers and how to prepare for the test in Tucson.

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What Are the GED Tests?

The tests are designed to measure academic skills and concepts normally gained during high school. The primary focus is not only on recollection of facts, but also the application of knowledge.

The five subject areas assessed include reading, writing science, mathematics and social studies. Each section has a time limit and the entire test takes about seven hours to complete. In addition to English, the test is available in Spanish and French.

Who Can Take the Test?

You can take the test at age 18 if you don't have a high school diploma and are not currently enrolled in school. It's also possible to take the exam at 16 or 17 if you meet the above conditions and provide an official withdrawal form from your former school and a notarized letter of permission from your parent or guardian. In addition, every test applicant must show two forms of approved identification.

Where Is the Test Given?

The GED can't be taken online; it must be taken at an official testing center. For a directory of centers in Tucson, contact the Arizona Department of Education GED Testing Office.

Each testing center maintains its own schedule, but centers are usually open during weekdays and on Saturdays as well as in the evening. Accommodations are available for examinees with documented disabilities. Contact your test center for more information.

What's a Passing Score?

To obtain an Arizona GED equivalency diploma, you must earn a total score of 2,250. Additionally, you must receive a score of at least a 410 on each sub-test. If you don't pass, you only have to retake the failed sections. You will keep your highest score on any test until you pass and obtain a total score of 2,250 or higher.

How Can I Prepare?

Adult education centers offer classes for those 16 and older who want help preparing for the five parts of the GED. In addition, distance learning is available for those who want to study mostly on their own. Most of the lessons are online, with some additional face-to-face meetings with an instructor.

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