What to know about the GED
- People with a high school credential earn $568,000 more in a lifetime than people without a high school credential.
- The GED test takes a little more than seven hours to complete.
- More than 18 million people have passed the GED test.
Is the lack of a high school diploma keeping you from getting a better job or attending college? Let us help you reach higher levels of success!
Why take the GED Test?
The GED test can help you move on to the next level—college, technical training, or a better job. For most employers, colleges and universities, and branches of the military, passing the GED test proves that you're ready to meet the challenge. If you have children or grandchildren, you may want to take the GED test to encourage them to pursue their education. You may want to take the GED test just to feel good about reaching a goal you set for yourself.
Whatever your reason, be confident and you will be successful.
What you need to know
The test changed in 2014. The pencil and paper version of the GED test expired at the end of 2013 in the United States. If you started testing but didn’t complete or didn’t pass before the old test expired at the end of 2013, your scores expired too.
The GED test is now offered exclusively on computer. At this time the four parts of the test costs $16. Scholarships may be available for those who qualify.
The Arkansas GED Testing Program serves all Arkansans who are 16 years or older, not enrolled in or graduated from high school, and who meet other state requirements regarding residency and testing eligibility.
The GED credential is based on four areas. The test covers reasoning through language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics. The GED test is designed to measure academic skills and knowledge in subjects that are learned during four years of high school. Are you READY?
Before you test
Before taking the GED test in Arkansas, you must take and pass the official GED Practice Test (GED Ready™) at an approved Adult Education Center or GED Testing CenterTM. If you do not make the minimum required score to go on to take the GED test, you can enroll in an adult education program in or near your community and receive free instruction to help prepare you to pass the GED test. GED study guides are also available in your local library, computer software store, or bookstore.
Through its statewide GED Testing CentersTM, the Arkansas GED Testing Program office promotes and provides adults with the opportunity to earn their high school credential. Testing sites are accessible to every county.
The office awards the Arkansas High School Diploma to GED examinees who successfully pass the GED test. It also facilitates cooperation among state and local education agencies to improve adult GED preparation efforts.
The GED office staff believes that the test gives many individuals the opportunity to reach their educational, career, and personal goals. Taking and passing the GED test is sometimes the first true feeling of accomplishment that many examinees have.
Click here to find your local testing site
Although given on computer, the GED test is not online. You must appear in person, at an official GED testing center and take the test on computer.
In a time when so much is on the Internet, high school diplomas and credentials are easily found. But the GED test and credential are not online.
There are hundreds of websites offering high school diplomas, and other degrees. These sites are looking to make a quick buck at your expense.
Click here to learn more about how to spot a scam and where to earn a real GED test credential.
The state GED Office and the national GED Testing Service are committed to ensuring access to the GED test for all individuals with disabilities and support the intention of the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA).
The purpose of accommodations is to provide candidates with full access to the GED test. However, accommodations are not a guarantee of improved performance or test completion. GED Testing Service provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations to individuals with documented disabilities who demonstrate a need for accommodations. GED test accommodations may include things such as:
- A separate testing room
- Extra testing time
- Extra breaks
Types of disabilities that may be approved for accommodations include:
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Learning and other Cognitive Disabilities
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Psychological and Psychiatric Disorders
- Physical Disorders and Chronic Health Conditions
Test accommodations are individualized and considered on a case-by-case basis. For the forms to apply for an accommodated test and more detailed information about accommodations, Click here.
Order a Duplicate Transcript
If you have taken the GED® test in Arkansas and wish to have an official copy of your scores mailed to a college/institution, employer, agency, or yourself, you must submit a written/signed request to the GED® Testing Office. See the link below for the request form. You may send your request by mail or fax to:
Arkansas GED® Testing Office
Three Capitol Mall
Luther S. Hardin Building
Little Rock, AR 72201
You may scan your request
For your protection, the Privacy Act of 1974 requires written permission with your signed request in order to release GED® scores. Official score reports and/or GED® results will not be given over the telephone. For security and authenticity purposes, official transcripts/diplomas are mailed directly from the GED Testing Office® to the institution, employer, agency, or individual.
Click the link below for a copy of the form to request an official diploma or transcript.
There are many products available to assist adult education teachers with their classroom instruction. The GED Publisher Program recognizes GE test-aligned content from publishers who develop curriculum materials for the GED® test. To ensure that materials meet 100% of GED test objectives, a professional content review organization has evaluated each product’s alignment to GED test objectives. Alignment is determined at a subject area level rather than at a publisher level. Many publishers are currently in the review process; however, not all content is subject to review at this time (including review content and practice tests). Publishers that have achieved 100% alignment with the GED test with at least one of their products will be designated with a GED Content Aligned logo.
GED Ready practice test vouchers give educators an easy and convenient way to offer their students the GED Ready practice test in their classroom. GED Ready™ practice test vouchers are free to Arkansas adult education teachers. Adult Education teachers or administrators may contact the Arkansas Adult Learning Resource Center (AALRC) for the free vouchers.
Click here for a complete list of professional development training which includes tutorials, tools, item samplers, and strategies for teachers divided into Beginner, Foundational, and Intermediate.
Click here for a list of current GED publishers that have aligned content or are currently in review.
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Contact the GED office at 501-682-1980 or email us at [email protected].
Arkansas Department of Career Education
Three Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201