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Arkansas GED Program Overview and Testing Information

Arkansas residents who never earned their high school diplomas may take the GED test to receive an equivalency certificate. Training programs exist to help individuals prepare for this exam. Read on for GED testing requirements and preparatory information.

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Arkansas GED Preparation Programs and Testing Requirements

More than 50 official GED testing sites are available in Arkansas, and they are accessible to residents of any county in the state. The GED test in Arkansas is administered by the Arkansas Department of Career Education (ace.arkansas.gov). GED preparation programs are also widely available through testing centers, community centers, colleges and other schools.

Preparation Programs

Before being eligible to take the GED test in Arkansas, candidates must take and pass the Official GED Ready Test. These practice tests are administered at approved GED testing centers and adult education centers throughout Arkansas. Programs that help individuals prepare for the practice tests and GED test are also available through adult education centers, community centers, colleges and school districts around Arkansas. These programs help prospective GED test takers determine if more focused help is needed in certain subject areas. Individuals can also find additional GED instructional materials at bookstores or libraries.

Testing Information

Starting in 2014, the GED certificate is awarded based on the results of four test sections: language arts, mathematics, social studies and science. Candidates may take the Arkansas GED in English, Spanish or French. As of 2014, individuals may only take the exam on a computer. In Arkansas, candidates may repeat the GED exam up to three times in one calendar year until they achieve a passing score. Each Arkansas GED test is scored on a scale ranging from 100-200; the overall combined score for all sections must be at least 600, and individual section scores must not fall below 150.

Testing Requirements

Arkansas individuals who wish to take the GED test must be 16 years or older, and they may not be enrolled in or have graduated from high school. Test takers must also meet Arkansas residency standards. Individuals can prove their Arkansas resident status by presenting a picture ID or driver's license, property tax forms or other presentable resident documentation.

Individuals applying to take the GED test in Arkansas who are 16-17 years of age must meet adult education attendance and enrollment policies. These are satisfied by passing a GED pre-test and having an official withdrawal letter from the last school attended. Students who are home schooled or have extenuating circumstances, such as incarceration, hospitalization or institutionalization, may also be allowed to take the test.

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