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GED Programs and Information for Connecticut Residents
Individuals in Connecticut who did not earn a traditional high school diploma may wish to take the GED exam to earn an equivalent credential. Test takers must pass all four subject areas of the exam after meeting certain age, education and residency requirements. GED study programs are available at community centers, high schools, adult education centers and community colleges across Connecticut.
Applicants for the Connecticut GED test must be residents of the state and show proof of identity and residency. Those 19 years of age or older can register without restriction. Those who are 17 or 18 years old will need to provide evidence that they have not participated in any high school program for more than six months and that they have not graduated from a high school. Applicants must submit this information in the form of an official letter from their last high school. Those who are 17 years of age will also need a parent or guardian signature. Applicants who are, or have been, homeschooled may submit a Homeschooling Attestation Form.
Test takers must earn an overall score of 580 on all four sections, with no one section score falling below 145. To retest a section in Connecticut, students need to attempt all four test modules first and also wait 60 days in between attempts. Test takers are allowed to retake each section up to three times per year.
The GED exam, currently offered in both English and Spanish, is given at locations in Bridgeport, Bristol, Danbury, East Hartford, Enfield, Fairfield, Farmington, Hamden, Hartford, Madison, Manchester, Meriden, Middlebury, Middletown, Milford, New Haven, New London, Newington, Norwalk, Norwich, Oxford, Plymouth, Portland, Riverside, Rockville, Seymour, Shelton, Torrington, Waterbury, Willimantic, Windham, and Winsted. Specifics can be found on GED's testing service website (www.gedtestinglocations.com). Tests may be offered in day, evening and weekend time slots.
As of 2014, the GED test is an entirely computer-based exam that measures students' proficiencies in four subject areas: reasoning through language arts; mathematical reasoning; science; and social studies.
Reasoning Through Language Arts
This test, focused on language arts, calls for individuals to read content, analyze arguments, and support reasoning; 75% of the test is focused on non-fiction and 25% on fiction. Students have 150 minutes to complete all sections of the reasoning through language arts test.
The mathematical reasoning test measures students' ability to perform algebraic and quantitative problem solving; about 55% of the test is algebraic. An on-screen TI-30SX calculator is the only one permitted for most of the math test, which is 115 minutes long.
The science test is based on the life sciences (40%), earth/space sciences (20%), and physical sciences (40%). It is one entire section that must be completed in 90 minutes.
The social studies test focuses on these areas: U.S. history (20%); geography and the world (15%); civics and government (50%); and economics (15%). Students have 70 minutes to complete the test.
Connecticut does not require its residents to pursue a study program before taking the GRE exam. However, free study programs are available across the state at junior colleges, high schools, libraries, YMCAs and adult education centers. Students may also purchase test prep materials and study on their own.
Why Get Your GED in Connecticut?
A GED is a credential equivalent to a high school diploma and is recognized in all 50 states. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals with a high school diploma experience less unemployment and higher earnings than those who do not have a diploma. In fact, job projections from 2016-2026 indicate that some of the highest growth occupations requiring no more than a high school diploma, such as maintenance and repair workers, sales representatives, carpenters, and plumbers, will have higher annual wages than the median for all occupations.