All About the GED: Connecticut

Earning your GED in the state of Connecticut can open the door to new job opportunities and advanced education. Residents who want to earn their GED have plenty of outlets to prepare for and take the test.

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Connecticut GED Overview

There are 59 education centers offering multiple formats of study in Connecticut for adult residents, the Connecticut Department of Education website has a list of centers and contact emails of directors for each location. The GED is a timed test meant to evaluate your knowledge of four subject areas, including science, social studies, mathematical reasoning, and reasoning through language arts.

The test is owned and maintained by the American Council on Education (ACE). The GED cannot be taken online although there are preparatory courses available through the Internet. In order to earn the GED credential in Connecticut, students must earn scores of no less than 145 on the individual subject tests or an overall score of 580.

Connecticut Requirements for Testing

According to the Connecticut State Department of Education (CDE), an individual must be a resident of the state, not have graduated from high school and must not be enrolled in any secondary school program.

Registration will require a state-issued photo ID card. Individuals without a Connecticut ID will need another form of government ID (with photo) and a current utility bill, mortgage statement, or lease/rental agreement to prove identity and residency. Test takers who are 17 or 18 years of age must show proof that they have been out of secondary school for at least six months.

Preparing for the GED

Adult education programs may offer a formal classroom environment with a set number of classes per cycle or individualized tutoring that allows the student to move at their own pace. For some programs, there may be costs involved in registering or materials. Because each school district runs its own adult education program, you will need to visit the CDE's website to find information about specific programs.

Although the official GED test cannot be taken online, there are many GED prep programs available in this format. When considering this method of study, you will need to ensure that the course or materials offered are relevant to the most current version of the GED test. The GED Testing Service offers an online GED practice test that allows students to get a sense of where they need to concentrate their studying.

Testing Locations

Connecticut has 30 testing centers spread throughout the state. Test takers in need of accommodations, such as a separate testing room, extra test time, and extra breaks can submit a request on the GED testing service website.

Retaking

Before retakes are allowed, individuals must first complete all four modules of the GED exam. Once all four modules have been taken, a test taker must wait 60 days before retaking any area of the test. A subject area can only be repeated 3 times per year.

Why Get your GED in Connecticut?

Earning your Connecticut State High School Diploma is your first step in broadening your future. Ninety-seven percent of colleges and employers accept this diploma and many GED graduates move on to further their education in postsecondary programs. According to the GED testing service there are a significant amount of available jobs in the US that people do not have the appropriate skills and knowledge to fill. The GED helps meet this need by providing the expertise and requirements these jobs demand.

Need help preparing for the GED? Check out Study.com'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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