To earn your high school equivalency diploma in Alaska you must take and pass four independent tests (modules) that make up the GED exam.
The certificate that you will receive after successfully completing the four GED® sub-exams is all across America recognized as the equivalency of a regular high school diploma by employers, colleges, and government organizations.
Alaska GED testing requirements
- You cannot already hold a high school or equivalent diploma.
- You cannot be signed up for any other school program.
- You must be 16 years of age or older.
- Applicants who are 16 or 17 years of age must meet additional criteria. They must, for instance, be officially withdrawn from high school, have permission from a parent or guardian, and approval from their local school districts.
- There is no Alaska residency requirement.
- There’s also no requirement in Alaska to take a GED prep course or pass the GED Ready® test.
Alaska GED online
The Alaska GED exam is available at official state-approved GED test centers or in an online proctored (O.P.) format. To be eligible for online testing, you are required to attain passing scores (in the “green” zone) on the GED Ready practice test.
The GED Ready test can be purchased for $6.99 on the official GED website, GED.com. There are four GED Ready tests, one for each of the four GED sub-exams, so that’ll set you back an extra $28 on top of the online GED testing fees.
Alaska GED price
When taken at an Alaska test center, the four GED modules are $30 each (or $120 for the entire battery). When taken online, each sub-exam will cost you $36, so $144 in total for the full battery. You should, however, also count the cost for taking four GED Ready practice tests ($28).
You have the option to take one test at a time when you feel ready to do so and you pay just for that section you register for.
The four GED sub-exams are independent tests that are measured on a scale from 100 to 200. Scoring is as follows:
- 100 – 144 = Below Passing GED Score
- 145 – 164 = High School Equivalency GED Score
- 165 – 174 = College Ready GED Score
- 175 – 200 = College Ready GED Score plus College Credit
What’s on the GED test?
You must take the four GED tests (modules) entirely on a computer. Paper-and-pencil testing is a thing of the past. The four subtests cover the academic subject areas of Social Studies, Math (Mathematical Reasoning), Literacy (Reasoning through Language Arts-RLA), and Science.
How to prepare for the GED test
Though you are not required in Alaska to take a prep course, you are strongly advised to get well prepared because the GED exam is a very challenging assessment. The passing standards are set in such a way and at such a level that some forty percent of high school graduates would not pass the GED exam on the first try!
You can attend a prep class in a brick-and-mortar facility and your local book store or community library will also have prep books and other material available.
You may also opt to get all set by taking a good online GED prep source, for example, the premium GED Prep Course developed by ONSEGO. No matter your preference of learning, just make sure you’ll just get optimally prepared so you can take the GED tests confidently.
How to register for the GED test
You will have to set up your account with the portal MyGED on the website GED.com. Here, you can schedule and pay for your tests (one at a time if you wish). You can also find lots of information here about the GED test-taking process, the job market, and colleges and universities. If you require some accommodation, make sure to apply for it timely at the website GED.com.
It’s all about YOUR future
The GED diploma allows for a college education and will definitely lead to far better chances in the employment market. If you’re looking to work toward a rewarding career, having a high school or GED diploma is absolutely required.
Today, practically all jobs, also entry-level positions, require at least a secondary education degree so if you want to pursue your dreams, earning your GED high school equivalency diploma is a MUST!
Workers that have a GED or high school GED diploma earn at least $9.700 more annually than workers without that education credential. So what’s holding you back? Working toward your GED also means that you’re working toward a brighter future for you and the ones around you!