Earning a GED in Colorado
Many states have different policies about the age requirements, charge different fees and may have prerequisites in place before individuals are eligible to take the GED tests. To ensure that you have taken all the required steps to earn your GED in Colorado it is a good idea to review Colorado's specific GED policies.
Age Requirements For Testing in Colorado
Once you are 17 years of age, you are eligible to take the GED exams in Colorado.
It is possible to take the GED exams in Colorado at the age of 16 if you are approved to do so. To get approval, you must submit an age waiver application; eligibility is based on meeting one of the specific conditions set out in the waiver form. For example, if the individual has been expelled from school, they can qualify to take the exams at the age of 16. If the student has been accepted to a vocational program and needs to take the GED to qualify for financial aid or needs to take the GED to qualify for admittance to a vocational program, then they also qualify to take the exams at the age of 16. This also applies to those preparing to start an educational program.
Individuals who are on probation or parole may also qualify.
GED Test Fees in Colorado
Each exam costs $37.50 in Colorado, making the total cost of taking the 4 exams $150.
Retake Policies and Costs in Colorado
Colorado maintains the same retake policy that applies in many states. It's possible to retake a test twice with no waiting requirements. Before an applicant can retake the test a third time, they must wait 60 days.
If the retakes occur within a year of the original test date, then the retake fee is $17.50 for the first two retakes. The full fee has to be paid to retake the test a third time.
Colorado does not have residency requirements for taking the GED exams. This means that applicants do not need to establish that they live in Colorado. Colorado residents may also opt to take the tests in other states if those states do not have residency requirements.
Colorado doesn't require applicants to take a GED program or practice test before scheduling their GED exams. These resources can help individuals prepare effectively and reduce the possibility that an individual will need to retake one or all GED exams, but they are both optional.
In the state of Colorado, individuals who pass the GED receive a High School Equivalency Diploma. This is the official credential for this state.
Studying For GED Tests
Using a GED Study Guide can help ensure that you cover the right material and that you familiarize yourself with the types of questions you will be asked. This course covers all 4 exams in 1 convenient study guide.
If you only need to brush up on a certain subject, Study.com also offers courses that cover each individual GED exam. Check out the following links to choose the 1 that you need:
- GED Science: Life, Physical and Chemical
- GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
- GED Social Studies: Civics & Government, US History, Economics, Geography & World
- GED Math: Quantitative, Arithmetic & Algebraic Problem Solving