All About the GED: Arkansas

Aug 03, 2018

The Arkansas General Educational Development (GED) credential may help you secure a higher-paying job or a college education. Please read on for more information about acquiring your GED in the state of Arkansas.

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Earning Your GED in Arkansas

In Arkansas, administration of the GED exams falls under the jurisdiction of the Arkansas Department of Career Education. Testing center locations are typically offered at local community colleges and adult centers. If you have any trouble, go online and type in your zip code using a testing center location site.

Eligibility and Registration

Registration for the GED test may be completed at your local testing center. Accommodations may be available if you have a disability that would prevent you from successfully completing the GED tests in their normal format. Forms are available at testing centers, as well as through the American Council on Education's website. Arkansas requires you to meet the following prerequisites in order to take the GED exams:

  • You may not be currently enrolled in high school
  • You may not have a high school diploma
  • You must be 18 years of age or older (additional requirements must be met, however, if you're 16 or 17 years old)
  • You must be a legal resident of Arkansas
  • You must have completed and passed a mandated official GED practice test

Exam Scoring and Retesting

The GED exams are composed of four individual tests, including writing and reading, social studies, science, and mathematics. Most of the exams consist of multiple-choice questions, but an essay is included in the writing exam. The mathematics section also contains two parts. You are allowed to use a calculator for most of the questions. All four tests take a little over seven hours to complete.

Scores on each individual subject test range between 100-200. To earn a GED credential in the state of Arkansas, you must get at least a score of 145 on each subject area.

You may retake any exam that you fail to pass. However, after taking a subject area test three times, you have to wait 60 days before retaking it again. You can take any GED exam as many times as you need in any given calendar year.


Local adult education centers and community colleges in Arkansas offer a number of GED preparation programs. Prep courses may also be sponsored by local community organizations. Additionally, you can find study materials in libraries and sample GED questions online at the American Council on Education's GED website.

Why Get Your GED in Arkansas?

According to the Arkansas Department of Career Education, with a GED, an individual may earn substantially more during their career than those without a high school education. Most employers, colleges, universities, and the military will know that you are trainable, employable, and ready for higher education.

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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