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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:
- Social studies
- Mathematical reasoning
- Reasoning through language arts
The exam consists of multiple-choice questions, reading tasks, short answers, and extended response questions. A calculator may be used for most of the questions on the mathematics exam and for some of the questions in the science and social studies sections of the test. A calculator on the computer is provided for the test taker. The GED tests may not be taken online.
Each section has a time limit and the entire GED takes about seven hours to complete.
The GED is available in English and Spanish in Alabama.
To pass the GED exam, individuals must score at least 145 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.
To be eligible to take the GED, you must meet the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education requirements. 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 which differ based on age and whether the individual left a public, private, or church program. Check the Alabama Community College System website for details that align with your specific situation. The full list of requirements includes:
- 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
- Take the TABE test or GED Ready tests in math and language arts
The Alabama Community College System has created a listing of official GED testing centers with contact information. On testing day, you must provide a government issued photo identification.
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.
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.
Why Take the GED in Alabama?
Alabama's adult education programs provide individuals with the support they need to complete their secondary school education. In fact, Alabama's Community College System is designed to assist individuals and workers who are disadvantaged, disabled, and displaced, or who need extra help in navigating the system. The GED is recognized by most colleges and universities and by many employers opening up more opportunities with job training, employment, and education.