All About the GED: Arizona

Jun 02, 2020

Earning a GED in Arizona

The Arizona Department of Education partners with the American Council on Education (ACE) to provide GED testing and test preparation services. The GED Test compares the knowledge and skills of GED test-takers to those of graduating high school seniors. After successfully passing the GED Test, Arizonans receive the Arizona High School Equivalency Diploma and a copy of their official scores.

Arizona Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the GED tests in Arizona, individuals must be 18 years of age or older and not enrolled in high school. Test takers who are 16 or 17, may also take GED exam, but they must create a profile before scheduling the test and provide an official withdrawal form from their high school and a notarized. The test taker must present these documents to an authorized testing location or the Arizona Adult Education State Office.

To take the GED tests, individuals must bring one form of government-issued ID.

Arizona's Scoring Requirements

To earn the GED credential in Arizona, GED candidates must score at least 145 on each test and have a combined score of at least 580 on all four tests. Candidates who receive scores of 165-174 may not need to take placement tests for college entrance. Candidates who receive scores of 175-200 have college level skills and, depending on the college, may be eligible to receive up to one credit for English and up to three credits for Social Studies, Math, and Science.

If an individual does not pass a GED test in any subject, he or she may retake the test. However, after three times, there is a 60-day waiting period before retesting. There is no limit on the number of times you can take the exam in any year.

GED Testing Format

The GED Test measures an individual's ability to understand and use different kinds of facts and information in four categories of knowledge. These subjects are:

  • Language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social studies

Test-takers have a little over seven hours in which to complete all four exam sections, although candidates do not have to take the four exams all at once. The language arts section, which includes a written essay, is 150 minutes long. The math section of the exam is 115 minutes long. The science section of the exam is 90 minutes, and the social studies exam is 70 minutes. GED tests are available in English and Spanish. GED candidates diagnosed with certain disabilities may request testing accommodations.

GED Preparation and Testing Options

Test Preparation Locations

Community colleges, adult learning centers and literacy groups may offer GED test preparation programs. These classes are available via distance learning or in person. Those interested in taking preparation classes can review the Arizona Department of Education's website to find a convenient location.

Testing Centers

Some of the community colleges and adult education centers that offer preparation classes are also GED testing centers. However, while test preparation may be completed online, GED testing isn't available online.

Both the GED Testing Service and the Arizona Adult Education Services has a list of official GED testing centers online.

The fee for each test is $35.

Why Get Your GED in Arizona?

By getting your GED, you are increasing your knowledge and skills. The GED, recognized by many employers and accepted by most colleges and universities, may increase your job training, college, and employment opportunities.

Need help preparing for the GED? Check out's GED Test Prep study guides, complete with bite-size video lessons, practice tests, informational resources, and more to make sure you ace the exam!

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