All About the GED: Colorado

Colorado provides residents with a number of resources to help earn their GEDs, including a federally-funded Adult Education and Family Literacy program. For those who are already prepared to take the test, Colorado offers multiple testing opportunities and the possibility to improve upon existing GED test scores.

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The GED Test in Colorado

The American Council on Education (ACE) manages the official GED test, which consists of four subject areas:

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

In order to receive a passing score, students need a minimum score of 150 on each of the four subject area tests. The test is timed, with all four subject areas totaling seven and a half hours. Students can choose to take the entire test in one sitting or over the course of multiple test sessions. You can visit the GED Testing Service website for more information about the GED test structure (www.GEDTestingService.com).

Testing Requirements

Adults wishing to receive their GEDs in the state of Colorado must usually be at least 17 years of age. However, you may take the test at the age of 16 if you apply for a waiver with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).

Preparing for the Test

Colorado residents can choose from many different GED prep centers located throughout the state. The courses cover all four subject areas of the GED test and provide pre-tests which can serve as the basis of a learning plan. Most of the prep centers are located at community colleges and adult learning centers. Federally-funded GED prep programs are available through the CDE's Adult Education and Family Literacy organization. You may be able to receive free instruction or a reduced rate on your classes. A listing of the various testing centers can be found at www.GED.com.

In addition to onsite instruction, adults pursuing their GEDs in Colorado also have the option of studying remotely, through correspondence courses or television programs. Many of these online correspondence courses have affiliations with ACE to help ensure the accuracy and timeliness of the study materials offered.

Testing and Fees

There are 30 different GED testing sites in Colorado. Each testing site has its own hours of operation and testing schedules. Students are advised to contact individual testing centers for more information. Students should arrive at the testing center with a government-issued ID.

Colorado charges a fee of $37.50 for each of the four subject modules.


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

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