GED Programs and Information for Connecticut Residents
Individuals in Connecticut who did not earn a traditional high school diploma may wish to take the GED exam to earn an equivalent credential. Test takers must pass all four subject areas of the exam after meeting certain age, education and residency requirements. GED study programs are available at community centers, high schools, adult education centers and community colleges across Connecticut.
Applicants for the Connecticut GED test must be residents of the state; those 19 years of age or older can register without restriction, and those who are 17 or 18 years old will need to provide evidence that they have not participated in any high school program for more than six months and that they have not graduated from a high school. Applicants under the age of 19 must submit this information in the form of an official withdrawal letter from their last high school. Those who are 17 years of age also need a withdrawal letter with a guardian signature.
The GED exam, currently offered in both English and Spanish, is given at locations in Bridgeport, Bristol, Danbury, East Hartford, Enfield, Fairfield, Farmington, Hamden, Hartford, Madison, Manchester, Meriden, Middlebury, Middletown, Milford, New Haven, New London, Newington, Norwalk, Norwich, Oxford, Plymouth, Portland, Riverside, Rockville, Seymour, Shelton, Torrington, Waterbury, Willimantic, Windham and Winsted. Specifics can be found on GED's testing service website (www.gedtestinglocations.com). Tests may be offered in day, evening and weekend time slots.
As of 2014, the GED test is an entirely computer-based exam that measures students' proficiencies in four subject areas: reasoning through language arts; mathematical reasoning; science; and social studies. Test takers must earn an overall score of 600 on all sections, with no one section score falling below 150. To retest a section in Connecticut, students need to attempt all four test modules first and also wait 60 days in between attempts.
Reasoning Through Language Arts
This test, focused on language arts, calls for individuals to read content, analyze arguments and support reasoning; 75% of the test is focused on non-fiction and 25% on fiction. Students have 150 minutes to complete the entire reasoning through language arts test.
The mathematical reasoning test measures students' ability to perform algebraic and quantitative problem solving; about 55% of the test is algebraic. An on-screen TI-30SX calculator is the only one permitted for the math test, which is 115 minutes long.
The science test is based on the life sciences, earth/space sciences and physical sciences. It is one entire section that must be completed in 90 minutes.
The social studies test focuses on these areas: U.S. history; geography and the world; civics and government; and economics. Students have 90 minutes to complete the test.
Connecticut does not require its residents to pursue a study program before taking the GRE exam. However, free study programs are available across the state at junior colleges, high schools, libraries, YMCAs and adult education centers. Students may also purchase test prep materials and study on their own.