To earn your high school equivalency diploma in Arkansas, you’ll need to pass the four separate modules (subtests) of the GED® Exam. GED stands for General Education Development.
When you successfully complete the tests, you will be awarded a credential that is all across North America accepted just like a normal high school degree by virtually every US educational institution, governmental organization, or employer.
There’s no need to take all four tests at the same time. The entire GED battery must be completed in a two-year period.
Arkansas GED Testing Requirements
- You never earned your high school degree or equivalent
- You did not register for any other school program
- The minimum age to take the GED exam is 16. Applicants under 18 need to have permission from their school district as well as parental consent
In Arkansas, you must be a state resident to take the GED as the state subsidizes the test. The cost is only $16 for the entire battery of four tests. As said above, you are allowed two years to finish all subtests because your scores are good for two years from the moment you first register for one of the tests.
GED testing is scored on a 100-200 scale where the following applies:
- 100-144: Below Passing
- 145-164: High School Equivalency
- 165-174: College-Ready
- 175-200: College-Ready Plus Credit
The GED exam is fully computerized and the four modules are covering the subject areas of Social Studies, Math (Mathematical Reasoning), Science, and Language (RLA-Reasoning through Language Arts).
Before taking the Arkansas GED exam, you must first take and pass the state’s official GED Practice Test and taking preparatory classes is strongly advised. There are also some pretty good online prep courses and whichever way you decide to get ready for the exam, make sure you’ll get as prepared as can be because the GED has become quite challenging.
GED testing must be done at one of Arkansas’many state-approved testing sites and online GED testing is not possible. If you require any accommodation, be sure to apply for that in time at the GED website GED.com. You need to set up an account (MyGED) where you can schedule and pay for your tests as well.