All About the GED: Wyoming

A GED exam tests your ability to demonstrate the academic knowledge and skills that are comparable to those necessary to earn a high school diploma. The state of Wyoming offers preparation programs through community colleges and adult education centers to help you pass the GED test.

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How to Take the GED in Wyoming

The GED, or General Educational Development, exam is made up of four content areas, including reasoning through language arts, social studies, science and mathematical reasoning. You have approximately seven hours to complete these tests if you complete them in one sitting. You can choose, however, to take each test one at a time.

Eligibility Requirements in Wyoming

In the state of Wyoming, you need to be at least 18 to take the tests. You must provide proof of identification and not be currently attending high school, nor should you have credentials equal to a high school education. You don't need to be a resident of Wyoming to take the GED test in the state. If you are 17, you must apply for a waiver, and if you are 16 you must apply for a waiver as well as send a written letter explaining your extenuating circumstances.

GED Scoring

Your score on each of the content areas must be a minimum of 145, or a combined score on the four exams should be at least 580.

GED Preparation

Many of Wyoming's community colleges offer GED preparation programs, but it is not a state requirement for test takers to complete these programs. Colleges may offer classes in each of the content areas included on the GED exam. Such programs might begin with an assessment of your academic knowledge with instructors designing a program to suit your needs. Your preparation program could include study sessions, GED preparation book assignments and assistance with online preparation work. Instructors work with you to decide when you're ready to take official GED practice exams so that you're familiar with the test format and calculator usage. Adult education centers throughout Wyoming may also offer preparation classes. You may take the GED test in English or Spanish.

GED Test Locations

Pearson Vue and The American Council on Education (ACE), responsible for developing the GED exams, do not offer the GED exam online. However, there are testing locations located throughout Wyoming, including high schools, outreach centers, community colleges and community education centers. You can use the GED website to find a testing center convenient to your home.

Retest Information

There is no waiting period in Wyoming if you did not pass a subject the first time. However, if you have failed a test 3 times, you must wait 60 days before retaking it. You can take a test as many times in a year as needed once you stay within these parameters.

Why Get a GED Wyoming?

A GED allows you to earn a higher income. According to Wyoming's 2016 earnings based on educational achievement, a person's yearly salary with a high school diploma or equivalent was almost $7,500 more than an individual without a high school credential. The average salary for a worker with a high school diploma or equivalent was $31,801, while the average salary for a worker without a high school credential was $24,633.

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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