All About the GED: Alabama

If you're an adult in Alabama without a high school diploma and are considering attending college or would like to increase your employability, you might consider taking the General Educational Development (GED) exam. To prepare for the GED in Alabama, you may enroll in GED classes.

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Taking the GED in Alabama

The General Educational Development (GED) exam, which measures your high school level academic knowledge, is made up of four sections:

  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Mathematical reasoning
  • Reasoning through language arts

The exam consists of multiple-choice questions, reading tasks, short answer, and extended response questions. A calculator may be used on the first part of the mathematics exam and is provided by each testing center. The GED tests may not be taken online.

Each section has a time limit and the entire GED takes about seven and a half hours to complete.

The GED is available in English and Spanish in Alabama.

The Alabama Community College System has created a listing of official GED testing centers with contact information (www.accs.cc). On testing day, you must provide a government issued photo identification as well as your Social Security card or your federal Taxpayer Identification Number.

Scoring Information

To pass the GED exam, individuals must score at least 150 on each of the four subject area tests.

In Alabama, individuals may retake a section of the exam 2 times without waiting. After the third attempt, a 60-day waiting period is applied.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to take the GED, you must meet the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education requirements (www.accs.cc). You should not be enrolled in a high school program, private or public. Also, you should not have a high school diploma as recognized by the Alabama Department of Education. You may take the GED at age 18 without any restrictions; individuals ages 16 or 17 must satisfy certain requirements. These requirements include:

  • Providing an official withdrawal form from your previously attended school
  • Submitting a notarized letter of permission from a parent or guardian
  • Possessing proof of an exit interview or exemption certificate from your previously attended school
  • Documenting proof of residency within the state of Alabama

Preparing for the GED

You can prepare for the Alabama GED through preparation classes or through independent study. Preparation classes are offered through the adult education section of the Alabama Community College System. To locate a class, you can take advantage of the America's Literacy Directory made available by the Literacy Information and Communication System (www.literacydirectory.org).

The GED Testing Service, a section of GED-creator the American Council on Education, offers a Marketplace with a variety of exam preparation options as well as an official practice test (www.GEDTestingService.com).

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