In the state of Arizona, individuals can earn an Arizona High School Equivalency Diploma by passing the GED (General Educational Development) exam. Those who are 18 or older and have not yet earned a high school diploma are eligible to take the GED, and under certain circumstances, the GED is an option for 16- and 17-year olds who are no longer enrolled in school. Although one form of identification is required, it is not necessary to prove Arizona residency in order to take the GED exam in Arizona.
GED Test Details
The exam is comprised of four sections: reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies. Questions are presented in various ways, including multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer or extended response. The individual sections range from 90-150 minutes each. The subject area tests can be taken together, but not all testing centers will offer all four sections on the same day. The different subject tests can also be broken apart and taken separately over whatever period of time works for a student; after three unsuccessful attempts, a 60-day waiting period is imposed before another re-take can be scheduled.
Out of 200 possible points in each subject, a score of 145 or better is considered a passing score. Those who score between 165 and 174 will receive a GED College Ready designation. Those who score 175 or better will receive a GED College Ready + Credit designation. For the Arizona Civics test, students need to answer 60 out of 100 questions correctly in order to get a passing grade.
Preparing for the Exam
Individuals can create an account (www.GED.com) and then take a practice test, called GED Ready, to determine strengths and areas that need improvement before taking the actual Arizona GED exam. The practice test is not a requirement.
Further help is available in the form of GED preparation classes, which are offered via distance learning or in classroom settings at community colleges and adult education centers. A locator service allows individuals to use their zip code to locate the most convenient classes (www.gedtestingservice.com). Self-study materials are also available online or from a variety of publishers. Classes or formal study are not a requirement for taking the GED in Arizona.
Registration and Test-Taking Info
Test-takers can register for the exam once they have opened an account on the GED website and can use the same resource to determine which testing center will work best for them. More than 30 computer-based testing centers are located throughout Arizona. There is a $35 cost per module for the GED Arizona exam, and it is offered in either English or Spanish. The Civics test costs $9 per each attempt and is only offered in English.
Why Get Your GED in Arizona?
According to GED.com, students who graduate with a GED can earn $9,000 per year, on average, more than those without it. Through state-funded adult education programs and access to GED materials at your local library, students have plenty of options to prepare for the GED, and in turn, improve their employment prospects. Almost every college and university in the United States accepts the GED credential which makes attending a college or university more plausible for those who want to continue their education.
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